‘They don’t need them!’ Meghan title row erupts as she’s accused of ‘abusing’ royal status

Meghan Markle shouldn't get involved in US politics says expert

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are facing renewed calls for them to be stripped of their royal titles after the Duchess of Sussex began to lobby Congress for a national paid leave policy and cold-called Republican senators. A royal expert has stated that they “don’t need to trade off” the Royal Family given that she’s used her royal position “out of context” by involving herself in American politics. 

Last week it emerged that the former actress had called a number of senators to discuss the prospect of a national paid leave policy. 

This follows her letter to Congress, addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority leader Chuck Schumer, which stated her belief that it was a “national right” to have access to a parental or sickness leave program. 

On both occasions, she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex, which has brought criticism from royal watchers due to the Royal Family’s stance of avoiding politics.

Speaking on talkRADIO, royal expert Charles Rae said: “Some months ago we talked about the prospect of Meghan having political ambitions, and even challenging for the White House.

“Well, here we have Meghan using her position, using her Duchess of Sussex title to get involved in a strand of American politics.

“She got one senator who gave her all the phone numbers that she needed, she rang all these people and it came from a number that was undetected and goes ‘hello, it’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’.

“You’ve got this bandwagon rolling so much so that the 24 female senators, there is a plan afoot to get a dinner with Meghan so that she can discuss this plan again.

“She is now getting involved in American politics and it is not something that is done by the Royal Family, they don’t do it in this country and they certainly shouldn’t be doing it in America. 

The Royal Family traditionally steer clear of political debate and have previously avoided commenting on Harry and Meghan’s political statements, stating that they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. 

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However, reports in The Sunday Times suggested that Palace courtiers were frustrated with the use of the title, with Charles Rae continuing: “From what I can gather, Buckingham Palace themselves are saying that she’s using her title out of context and insists that the Royal Family have no say in American politics.

“Now she may not like it, but she’s still linked to the British Royal Family and I do now think it’s about time that we start looking at that they don’t need these titles anymore.

“They’re living in America, there’s no point in having these titles, they may as well just be Harry and Meghan Wales, it’s that simple. They’re well-enough known, they don’t to trade off the Royal Family.”

Host Kevin O’Sullivan added: “Well if she’s going to abuse it like this, and that’s what she’s doing, she’s abusing the title she’s been given.”

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As part of their Megxit deal last year, the couple were stripped of their royal patronages and HRH status but were permitted to keep their Sussex titles. 

Meghan has always demonstrated an interest in politics, and before becoming an actress, had considered a political career. She completed an internship at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires and took the Foreign Officer Service Test in order to apply for a role at the US State Department. 

Last year, the couple received criticism after they appeared in a video for Time magazine where they urged American citizens to vote in the presidential election. 

It was thought that Meghan had made her position clear, as she said “this is the most important election of our lifetime”, indicating her support for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. 

She had previously called Donald Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic” during a 2016 interview. 

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