Prince Harry has hinted that he and his wife Meghan Markle will never give up their royal titles, while brazenly asking ‘what difference does it make’.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping away from the monarchy and moving to America in early 2020 – many called for them to give up their royal titles.
These cries have grown increasingly louder in the years since, during which both Harry and Meghan have launched multiple attacks on the royal family, starting with their incendiary Oprah interview – and further TV appearances, a Netflix documentary , and continues with the release of Harry’s Bang. memoir, which he has been promoting in a series of on-air interviews.
More than two years later, a poll in December revealed that 98 per cent of participants want the pair to be stripped of their Duke and Sussex titles – particularly amid the couple’s bombshell Netflix documentary, Harry and Meghan, which premiered last month and includes several explosive allegations about their time as royals.
But now, the Prince, 38, has addressed the burning question surrounding his and his wife’s royal titles during a new, tell-all interview with 60 Minutes – suggesting the pair may never become Duke and Duchess. Will not be able to give up her position as ‘I don’t believe it will ‘make a difference’.
Prince Harry has indicated that he and his wife Meghan Markle (as seen in 2017) will never give up their royal titles
The prince, 38, addressed the burning question about his and his wife’s royal titles during a new, tell-all interview with 60 Minutes that aired Sunday.
Asked by host Anderson Cooper (left) why he and Meghan have not given up their titles, Prince Harry (right) replied, ‘And what difference would it make?’
Asked by host Anderson Cooper why he and Meghan have not given up their titles, Prince Harry retorted, ‘And what difference would it make?’
Anderson then pointed out that ‘one of the criticisms’ the pair have received is that they ‘want to step back from an institutional role’ but still want to be ‘so public’.
“Every time I’ve tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leaks and fabricated stories against me and my wife,” Prince Harry said.
‘You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain. But this is just a motto. And it doesn’t really catch on.’
The couple first made the surprise announcement that they were stepping back from royal duties on January 8, 2020.
At the time, they wrote in a joint statement that they had reached this decision after “several months of reflection and internal discussions”.
They said they wanted to ‘work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen’.
‘We now plan to balance our time between the UK and North America, whilst continuing to honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patrons,’ the statement continued.
‘This geographical balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation of the royal tradition into which he was born, whilst also providing space for our family to focus on the next chapter, which includes establishing our new charitable foundation. Launch is also included.
When the couple (seen in 2020) announced they were stepping away from the monarchy and moving to America in early 2020 – many called for them to give up their royal titles
A recent poll in December revealed 98 per cent of participants want the pair to be stripped of their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
People want them to drop the title of the couple’s explosive Netflix documentary, Between Harry and Meghan, which premiered last month and included several explosive allegations
At the time, Norman Baker, a former Liberal Democrat MP and a Home Office minister in the coalition government, said she should give up her title in a scathing interview, saying ‘You’re not one foot in, one foot out’ Can be ,
‘You are either a member of the royal family or you are not,’ he told the Express.
Exactly a year later, in February 2021, Harry and Meghan announced they were permanently stepping down as royals and moving full-time to California, where they bought a $14 million mansion in Montecito.
Harry (seen in 2017) said in the doc that he had told his father, King Charles II, that he and Meghan were prepared to give up their titles during discussions about their plans to move to America.
A month later, the pair sat down with Oprah for a two-hour tell-all conversation – during which, she alleged that someone in the royal family had expressed concern over the color of her skin before the birth of their son, Archie, and Meghan had suicidal thoughts when she was pregnant, but was told by the Palace she ‘couldn’t get help’ because ‘it would not be good for the institution.’
After the interview aired, palace aides called on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to once again drop their titles.
A senior courtier told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The Duke of Sussex has now spent a lot of time stressing that he is no different from anyone else and that the attack on the institution has caused him great pain.’
‘There is a growing feeling that if you dislike the institution so much, you should not have the title.
‘They should just be Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do so, they will have to explain why not.
In their recent Netflix doc, the couple made more shocking statements – such as the couple being victims of ‘institutional gaslighting’ and that the royal family would lie to protect their older brother, Prince William.
Anderson told 60 Minutes that ‘one of the criticisms’ the pair have received is that they ‘want to step back from an institutional role’ but still want to be ‘so public’
“Every time I’ve tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leaks and fabricated stories against me and my wife,” Harry said.
Harry also said in the series that he had told his father, King Charles II, that he and Meghan were prepared to give up their titles during discussions about their plans to move to America.
Following its premiere, a YouGov poll conducted for The Times revealed that 44 per cent of participants said Prince Harry and Meghan should take away their titles, while 32 per cent did not think so.
A separate poll for The Sun newspaper found 93 per cent of its readers said Harry and Meghan should be stripped of their titles – and only four per cent thought they should keep them.
A third of the 9,700 people polled by Mail+ said they wanted the royal couple to lose their titles.
Royal expert and biographer Robert Jobson later said: ‘Harry claims in his Netflix documentary that he offered to give up his title of Duke of Sussex.
‘Given his and his wife’s distaste for our constitutional monarchy, surely the time has come for the Crown to accept his offer. The title was given in anticipation of service to the Crown and country.
It was also reported last month that members of parliament are trying to pass a bill that would give the Privy Council the power to undermine Prince Harry and Meghan’s status, with the Isle of Wight MP accusing the Sussexes of ‘monetizing grief’ ‘ and using their titles to rake in more than $121 million from corporate deals.
To change the royal couple’s status, the legislation would have to amend the Title Deprivation Act of 1917, which was used in World War I to remove honors such as a peerage from enemies who supported the German invasion.
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