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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have not shied away from making controversial statements in recent weeks, given their royal status and the age old protocol of Royals not becoming involved in politics. Despite their official step back from royal life, the couple have had a difficult time persuading the public on both sides of the Atlantic on the sincerity of their move and how they have handled the transition from royals to celebrity philanthropists and commentators.
Now, a new survey run by society magazine Tatler has found that more than two-thirds of Britons want Meghan and Harry to have their royal titles revoked, following considerable backlash from parts of the British public at their recent moves.
The data, collected by research consultancy Savanta Comres, polled 4,174 British adults, only taking results from those who expressed an opinion when questioned.
The study found 68 percent agreed Harry and Meghan should have their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex taken from them, following their step down from royal life and their move to the US.
A total of 63 percent agreed Meghan, although American, should not be commenting on US politics given her royal position.
And 35 percent agreed the Duchess “wants to be president of the United States one day”.
Meghan and Harry have attracted considerable criticism since they dropped their royal roles and moves to the USA to pursue other ventures.
Stripped of their HRH titles after their supposedly surprise exit from the Royal Family, the couple have had success in some areas but fallen flat in others while trying to establish themselves as celebrity philanthropists in the USA.
Halted by the coronavirus outbreak, the couple were due to officially launch their non-profit Archewell earlier in the year, after being forced to drop their Sussex Royal moniker that they wanted to keep despite dropping the official affiliation with the family.
They have now signed a huge deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, with projects reportedly already in the pipeline.
Since moving stateside, the couple have weighed in numerous times in political matters, most recently this week when they appeared in a joint video for Time Magazine.
Meghan said: “We’re just six weeks out from election day and today is National Voter Registration Day.
“Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is.”
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She continued: “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.
“Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard.”
Her husband told viewers: “This election I am not able to vote in the US. But many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the UK my entire life.
“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.”
Given the well known animosity between the Duchess of Sussex and President Donald Trump, it is clear the royal pair are given a low key endorsement of his rival, Joe Biden.
Their comments have prompted commentators and fans to speculate about how usually staunchly patriotic American’s will react to a foreigner encouraging people to vote.
On top of this, new accounts show the travel costs alone for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour to southern Africa reached a staggering £246,000.
The flights came to nearly a quarter of a million pounds and were the most expensive royal journey of 2019-2020, according to the royal financial records.
It has been branded a “disgraceful abuse of public money”, but representatives have defended the expenditure.
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