Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in a fairytale wedding back in May 2018. As a wedding gift, the Queen bestowed the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex upon them. Not long after, they brought son Archie into the world — and there has been a lot of drama swirling ever since. The latest evidence: Sussex locals want to see the royal couple stripped of their royal titles.
A council in East Sussex is set to debate whether the couple should be able to retail their titles when visiting the towns of Brighton and Hove. They’ve even generated a public petition to strip these titles — and it has nearly 4,000 signatures.
The petition reads: “We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to reject the usage of the titles ‘Duke of Sussex’ and ‘Duchess of Sussex’ by the individuals Henry (‘Harry’) Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle as morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex.”
The petition continues: “As residents of Brighton and Hove we call on Brighton and Hove Council to not refer to these individuals by such titles which we believe to be entirely non-democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite. Neither will Brighton Council invite or entertain these individuals nor afford them any hospitality or courtesies above and beyond that of an ordinary member of the public.”
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On this day, two years ago: 27th of November 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the news of their engagement, later becoming Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! They have since celebrated their wedding anniversary and welcomed their son, Archie, into the world ❤️ • Photo © PA / Alexi Lubomirski / Chris Allerton © SussexRoyal
Whatever you may think of all of this, it’s unlikely that anything major will come of it. The council can’t actually strip the titles themselves, such a move could only be made by the Queen.
“We are utterly dismayed that said petition has been signed by so many,” British Monarchists Society founder Mace-Archer-Mills told reporters, as cited in the Mirror. “Such a petition shows utter disdain and contempt for The Crown, not to mention copious amounts of disrespect to, and for, the Royal Family which undertakes thousands of engagements per year on behalf of the nation, in right of Her Majesty as The Crown.”