Queen: Expert says there’s ‘huge admiration’ in Australia
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The leader of the House of Commons has spoken out on the interview, even though Boris Johnson remains tight-lipped on the matter. Mr Rees-Mogg has said despite the huge fallout from the bombshell interview, “sensible” people will still support the Royal Family.
The Tory politician made the comments during his MoggCast for the ConservativeHome website.
Mr Roos-Mogg said he hadn’t actually watched the two-hour-long interview, which aired in the UK on Monday night but insisted: “I don’t think it does any damage to the Royal Family or the monarch.”
He continued: “Her Majesty is held in enormous affection.
“She has been a model of duty since she made that statement in South Africa aged 21 about how her whole life, whether it be long or short, would be spent in the service of the whole imperial family.
“That is what she has done. She has done her duty.
“I think she is loved across her realms for that.
“And I don’t think interviews with chat show hosts in the United States makes a great deal of difference to that.”
Mr Ress-Mogg also rubbished claims made by Meghan in the interview that her son Archie was denied a royal title.
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He pointed out that under rules set out by George V in 1917 the only great-grandchild of a monarch could be referred to as a Royal Highness.
The Commons leader said: “Their son has a title. He is Lord Dumbarton, Earl of Dumbarton – he is entitled to use his father’s subsidiary title if he so chooses.
“And his sister as I understand it is coming along the way will be Lady Christian Name Mountbatten-Windsor.
“And that is a perfectly normal constitutional process in line with what has always been the case before.”
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Mr Ress-Mogg added “nothing constitutional has happened” and that “most sensible people in this country want the monarchy to continue”.
During the interview, Meghan told Oprah the decision to leave Archie without a title was not her or Harry’s choice.
She said: “The most important title I will ever have is Mom. I know that.
“But the idea of our son not being safe and also the idea that the first member of colour in this family not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be.”
Royal protocol states the children and grandchildren of a sovereign have the automatic right to the title HRH and prince or princess.
At the time Archie was born, he was the great-grandchild of a sovereign, not a grandchild.
When Prince Charles ascends the throne Archie would then be entitled to a title.
The Queen stepped in to ensure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, as offspring of a future monarch, would have the titles of prince and princess.
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