MOST Brits believe Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should be stripped of their royal titles after their bombshell Oprah interview.
A new poll has found the chat – which aired almost a month ago – divided the public, with 58 per cent believing they shouldn’t be allowed to use the titles.
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Pollsters from Deltapoll gathered opinions three weeks after the tell-all interview aired.
And just 28 per cent of us believe the royal couple should be allowed to continue on as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It comes as:
- Meghan and Harry’s first Netflix series has been revealed as an Invictus Games documentary
- Piers Morgan demands Meghan Markle ‘names the royals who rejected her requests for help after claiming she was suicidal’
- Princess Diana’s biographer claimed the Queen said Meghan could carry on acting after joining The Firm and didn’t have to ’embrace royal duties’
- Jeremy Clarkson is the latest Brit firebrand to take aim at the royal couple
- Katie Price claims Meghan was banned from “going to the Priory” as it “wouldn’t look good”
Both Meghan and Harry gave up the titles High Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness after Megxit, although Harry is still sixth in line to the throne, and remains a prince.
The couple also agreed to stop using the word ‘royal’ in their commercial and charitable ventures.
But after their explosive interview with chat show queen Oprah aired, more than one in two people polled say it’s not enough.
During the conversation, the couple made a series of shocking allegations – most damagingly of all that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had made a racist comment about the colour of son Archie’s skin.
Prince William was later forced into the unprecedented position of saying the royals “are very much not a racist family”.
He spoke out on an official visit to a school after the Queen released a carefully-worded statement saying she was “saddened” by the interview but “recollections may vary”.
The Duchess also said during the Oprah chat that she was prevented from seeking mental health support when she was in crisis.
The fall-out from the interview still goes on weeks later, with Michelle Obama among those sharing her opinion on the claims made.
The former first lady said it was “not a complete surprise” to hear the allegations of racism.
However, 31 per cent of Brits polled say the chat has made no difference to the reputation of the monarchy, while nine per cent believe they improved the reputation.
Baby boomer viewers were far more likely to believe the repercussions of the interview are severe.
Nearly two-thirds of older viewers think the couple have caused damage, compared to fewer than four in 10 millennials.
Meanwhile, viewers aged 18 to 24 want Prince Harry to be the next monarch, rather than dad Charles or brother William.
According to reports early last month, senior Palace courtiers were understood to have held crisis talks over whether Harry and Meghan should lose their titles after the chat.
Harry, who served with the Army for a decade, rising to the rank of captain, is said to have been deeply upset at learning he had lost his royal patronages.
He had previously been appointed captain general of the Royal Marines, and had other official roles with the RAF and the Navy.
Despite the wishes of those polled, it seems unlikely Harry’s dukedom will be taken away.
Last year, when the couple announced they didn’t want to continue as senior royals, it’s claimed courtiers were keen for Harry to retain the right to be addressed as HRH.
The title was conveyed on him at birth.
It’s understood the royals were left distressed by Harry and Meghan’s interview.
And TV firebrand Piers Morgan has blasted Meghan for 17 “untrue, exaggerated or unprovable” slurs against the Royal Family.