Prince Harry insisted stripping him and Meghan Markle of the Sussex titles would make little difference but an MP is now pushing forward to make changes to the law regulating the removal of peerages.
“But he and I spoke just after the publication of Spare, and I think that it didn’t help matters at all.
“The book was seen by many as betraying the royal family and the monarchy and also has been quite widely mocked in some respects.
“This just isn’t how royalty usually behaves. The allegations against the Royal Family in the book are more detailed and more numerous than ever before, which has decreased Prince Harry’s favorability polling and caused many people to question why he should still use his title.”
Speaking to Fox Digital, Sacerdoti added: “Seely plans to introduce a private member’s bill that would allow a vote to amend the 1917 Titles Deprivation Act, which was used to strip the German royal family of their UK titles during the First World War.
“That level of treachery was seen as cause to remove royal titles back then, so it’s striking that a serving MP now feels so strongly about the actions of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, that he wants to use the same law to strip them of their titles.”
Under the current regulation, only peers who have been convicted for committing a crime or those who have taken up arms against the United Kingdom can be swiftly stripped of their peerages.
The act was created at the height of the First World War, and Prince Harry’s great-grandfather George V used it in 1919 to strip the Duke of Albany, the Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, the Earl of Armagh and the Viscount Taaffe of Corren of their titles for serving under the German Army during the war.
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Talking of the possibility of tabling a member’s bill to have the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles removed from Harry and Meghan, Seely said: “There is a political issue. As well as trashing his family and monetising his misery for public consumption, he is also attacking some important institutions in this country.”
But to avoid the humiliation of having the King remove the titles, Prince Harry could follow royal precedent and voluntarily relinquish his roles.
Princess Patricia of Connaught, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, gave up her titles upon her marriage to Sir Alexander Ramsay in 1919.
She took on the title of Lady Patricia Ramsay as befitting her husband’s position as the third son of an earl but retained precedence before Marchionesses of England.
Prince Harry could renounce his ducal titles, which he acquired upon his marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018, but would still remain a Prince of the United Kingdom.
Meghan, who uses the feminine version of her husband’s titles, would therefore still be entitled to be introduced as The Princess Henry.
However, Princess Michael of Kent is the only member of the Royal Family to still use the convention as her husband is the only descendant of George V in the male line not to have been granted a royal peerage.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK