Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are facing a new round of negative headlines after a new poll showed that close to 70 percent of Brits want the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to have their titles revoked in light of the pair’s decision to step down from the monarchy this past March.
According to Tatler, 68 percent of those asked said that the Santa Barbara-based duo should have their titles of duke and duchess taken away from them. In addition to their Sussex names, the couple also have maintained HRH status, though the aspiring producers have claimed they would not use the title during their time apart from the royal family.
Nearly two thirds of respondents also agreed that the former Suits actress should not wade into political activism. In an interesting twist, the survey was taken before a video was released where the Sussexes urged Americans to vote during the Time 100 TV special.
The clip has caused major controversy in both the U.S. and the U.K. As was previously covered by The Inquisitr, President Donald Trump was even asked about the matter, responding that he was “not a fan” of the California native, while wishing Harry “luck.”
Though the duke and duchess did not make specific references about voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, many royal watchers have noted the two should be wary about making political statements, as both have made disparaging remarks about Trump in the past.
For example, Meghan called him “misogynistic” in a 2016 interview and joked that she would move to Canada should he win the presidency, as Vanity Fair reported.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry said that Trump had “blood on his hands” during a phone call with Russian pranksters. The prince had been under the impression that he was speaking with teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg and her father and did not realize he was being recorded.
Many of those polled also believed the duchess herself entertains political ambitions. Thirty-five percent said they thought Meghan would like to be president of the U.S. in the future.
The allegation echoes what other royal reporters have noted in the past. For example, Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie has openly stated the former actress has thought about a future in the Oval Office.
“She has her eyes set on the U.S. presidency. Meghan is the embodiment of the American dream. One day we may see Meghan become president,” he said, as covered in Vanity Fair.