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Prince Harry Meghan Markle gave Queen Elizabeth II the royal titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding in May 2018.
Since then, Harry and Markle have faced heavy scrutiny and quit their senior royal roles in 2020 and moved to Montecito, California. Several online petitions have been filed demanding that the Duke and Duchess be stripped of their royal titles.
Royal expert Hilary Fordwich was greeted with Fox News Digital’s Meghan and Harry “with open arms at the time” after the title was assigned.
“We’ve seen the royal wedding, we’ve seen the crowd pour in to support them. And she was greeted with open arms at the time. Don’t forget that Prince Harry was one of the candidates. The polls are down now but he was. One of the royal favorites.”
Since the public’s declining rank and the emergence of online petitions, Harry has faced scrutiny from the British media and citizens. The Parallel Parliament filed a petition following the couple’s move to the United States with the following description: “The title was given to them upon marriage on the grounds that they would be members of the royal family working in the service of the monarchy. Because this is no longer the case, this is the case. The right of property cannot be used.” for personal financial gain, and therefore has no purpose and should be removed.”
Here’s what could happen next for Markle and Harry.
Prince Harry Meghan Markle received royal titles from Queen Elizabeth
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle They secured their royal rank as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their marriage in May 2018. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s father, King Charles III, continued to grant Harry and Markle their royal titles.
A Royal shared on the website after the couple’s wedding day: “Today the Queen was delighted to award Dukedom to Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkell.”
Thus Prince Harry became HRH The Duke of Sussex, and Lady Meghan Markle upon marriage will become HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
Harry and Meghan are stepping down as senior members of the royal family
In 2020, Harry and Markle resigned as senior members of the royal family and set their sights on California. The couple bought a $14 million home in Montecito, California, where they currently reside and are raising their two children: Archie, 3, and Lilipet, 1.
On the Apple TV+ mental health documentary series, “The Me You Can’t See,” Prince Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey and said he had received “complete silence and utter neglect” from the royal family in response to the difficulty of adjusting Meghan Markle.
Harry shared that he and his wife made the decision to walk away after seeking help for years and receiving “complete silence” from members of the royal family.
“We spent four years trying to make it work,” he said. “We did everything we could to stay there and continue to do the part and do the job. But Meghan was struggling.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been vetted by the media
In March 2021, Meghan and Harry sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey that elicited severe reactions. Markle has made severe accusations of racism against the royal family.
Markle shared that there was a conversation with a family member and Harry about “how dark their child would be.”
“They didn’t want him to be a prince or a princess, depending on his gender,” Markle said of her son Archie before he was born. “He won’t get security.”
In the mental health documentaries, Harry touches on the difficulties he has had in dealing with the frenzy of the media and paparazzi, and draws a comparison to what his late mother, Princess Diana, faced in his private life.
During the five-episode series, Harry said he regretted not mentioning racism in the media sooner and referred to his mother’s relationship at the time of her death. “History was repeating itself, I stalked my mother to her death while she was in an affair with someone who wasn’t white. Now look what happened. You want to talk about history repeating itself. They won’t stop until she said Harry.”
Harry shared the advice he received from his father, King Charles III.
“My dad used to say to me when I was younger, William and I would say, ‘Well, it was like that for me. It will be the same for you. ‘It doesn’t make sense,’ he said. ‘Just because you suffered doesn’t mean your children have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite.”
A petition is being created to strip members of the royal family of their titles
After Markle and Harry decided to step down as senior members of the royal family, an online petition was filed demanding that the Duke and Duchess be stripped of their titles so that they “cannot be used for personal financial gain”.
Fordwich touched on the petition to have their royal titles removed after their exit from Fox News Digital. “There has been a petition, a movement of the people of Sussex, they are supposed to represent, to have them removed. Why? Because they take the name but they do nothing for the people of Sussex. This is a dilemma. This is not the role of celebrities. It is a role of duty. So do your part, Then you take the title. Why would anyone want the title if they didn’t want to do their duty to the people of Sussex? Either you do it or you don’t. You can’t have your cake and eat it either.”
And she continued, “If you are the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex, you are supposed to serve the people, and your duty is to be there, go there, visit people’s homes, go to churches, go to schools, go to hospitals… This is what the Duke and Duchess do… This is what they should do… for example.” Example, the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, is the Count of Wessex and his wife is the Countess of Wessex.. They go to Wessex and that’s what they do. So it’s very important to realize that the people of Sussex are served.”
Parallel Parliament filed a petition after the couple moved to the United States with a description of the text: “The title was given to them upon marriage on the grounds that they would be members of the royal family working in the service of the monarchy. As this is no longer the case, this title cannot be used for personal financial gain. and therefore has no purpose and must be removed.”
Buckingham Palace shared a statement in 2021 after Markle and Harry moved to the United States. “Following conversations with the Duke, the Queen wrote to confirm that by abandoning the work of the royal family the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service cannot be continued,” the statement read. “While everyone is saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain very beloved members of the family.”
The statement came after a 12-month review in the wake of the infamous “migxit” that took place in January.
King Charles III renews Harry and Meghan’s titles
King Charles III spoke to his nation and the Commonwealth for the first time as Sovereign of Britain on Friday and addressed the change, or shortage of royal titles within the family.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been named the Prince and Princess of Wales and Charles expressed “love” to Harry and Meghan “as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
Royal expert Fredwich shared with Fox News Digital that Harry and Meghan will continue to retain their royal titles “unless Parliament requires otherwise”.
“They will remain the Duke and Duchess or Sussex unless otherwise provided by Parliament. They can also keep HRH/HH, for now, but that can be changed. Diana, Princess of Wales has been rescinded. HRH has lost the honor,” she said.