Meghan title row explodes but ‘there’s nothing to strip from her’


MEGHAN Markle’s title is once again at the centre of a row following her recent involvement in US politics – but a constitutional expert has claimed there is “nothing to strip from her”.

Drawing on her status as a mother-of-two, Meghan penned a campaign piece calling to ensure that millions of American families can access guaranteed paid leave. Last week, the 40-year-old issued a letter to US congressional leaders to advocate for paid leave for all parents, on Sussex headed paper and signed with Meghan’s Duchess title.

However, the former US actress obtained her Duchess title through her 2018 marriage to Prince Harry, 37, and he would have to lose his status too in order for the couple to both be stripped of the peerages, unless in the event of divorce or an Act of Parliament.

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne previously told “By convention, royals are expected to be politically neutral, thus respecting their constitutional positions.

“Like all conventions, there is much flexibility as to what is, and what is not, acceptable territory to become involved in, and the further away any royal is from succeeding to the crown the greater the latitude given.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their 2018 wedding

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He added: “There has become a fashion of late that anyone who oversteps a subjective mark, and who holds a title, should be stripped of it. Easier said than done.

“In the instance of the Duchess of Sussex no laws have been broken, conventions are there to be tested, but above all else, suggestions that the Duchess could be stripped of her title is to assume it was given to her.

“This is not the case. The Duchess holds her styles and titles as a courtesy, derived from her husband. In effect, there is nothing to strip from her, she is at liberty not to use these titles and could, should she prefer, be known by her pre-marital name.”

Additional reporting by Steven Brown and Chloe Davies


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