Meghan Markle would 'lose title' in Presidency run says expert
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Meghan Markle would voluntarily drop her Duchess of Sussex title if she goes ahead with a US presidential campaign. Meghan has been discussed as a potential successor to Joe Biden if the current POTUS does not run for a second term. Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Australia’s 7News that Meghan would drop her royal titles to avoid any “conflict with her oath for public office”.
Victoria Arbiter said that Harry and Meghan would never be stripped or lose their royal titles.
Instead, the Queen is set to allow Meghan and Harry to keep hold of their royal titles – like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – for the rest of their lives.
However, Meghan could spark a rift with the Royal Family by voluntarily stripping herself of the title ahead of a presidential run.
7News’ Michael Usher questioned whether a political bid would force Meghan “to renounce her Duchess title”.
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Ms Arbiter responded: “The Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII, abdicated the throne and he never lost his titles.
“But, US constitutional experts say that were she to run for president, it would be in direct conflict with her oath for public office.
“Congress could make an exception but were she to run, it is more likely she would do so as Meghan Markle than as the Duchess of Sussex.”
Earlier in the interview, co-host Angela Cox asked whether Meghan was considering a run for president.
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Ms Arbiter responded: “In the short-term, this is highly unlikely.
“However, Meghan has made no secret of her interest in politics.
“Last year, she did use her platform to encourage people to use their right to vote. She has spoken about social justice, racial justice and rights for women.
“Having said that, Joe Biden is 78 and Meghan is only 39. So, when you look to the long-term future, never say never.”
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This comes amid a royal backlash against Meghan and Harry’s decision to feed US broadcaster Gayle King with information about their relationship with the Royal Family.
Meghan and Harry relayed to Ms King that the Duke finally spoke to his brother and father over the weekend.
The US broadcaster told viewers during CBS This Morning that Harry’s chats with his closest relatives were “unproductive”.
The decision by the Sussexes to provide details about the Duke’s private conversations is “another grenade” launched on the royals across the pond, according to columnist Steven Glover.
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