Prince Harry, Meghan Markle can’t use royal titles to earn money: Royal expert

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday, June 3, 2022 on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate the monarch's 70 years of service. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been chastised for continuing to use royal titles.

Angela Levin, a British journalist and royal biographer, discussed royal titles on GB News. According to her, a York Labor MP pushed for the repeal of Prince Andrew’s title bill because “so many people in York don’t want Andrew to use their home title anymore.” The author of “Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort” added that it will be heard on December 9, and if so, “it could also be used for Harry and Meghan.”

Nana Akua, a TV presenter, stated that she wanted to hear from the MP for Sussexes if they would make the same move to remove the titles for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to Prince Harry’s biographer, anyone could do that if they “got the okay on that.”

Levin added:

“So, it’ll be very interesting I think to see what the documentary on Netflix will be like, which is coming out in December and also what Prince Harry’s book will be like, which is coming out at the beginning of January, so if he is going to attack the royals, attack his father, and attack his stepmother a lot, maybe this will be used to actually say ‘Cheerio.'”

According to Akua, people would still watch and buy whatever the Sussexes do even if they didn’t have royal titles because people are “slightly addicted” to seeing things unfold in them. Levin agreed, but he believed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would object to having their titles removed.

The “Harry: A Biography of a Prince” author said:

“Yes, that’s right, but I think they won’t like that. They will be very upset, but you can’t have your cake and actually spit it out. If you criticize the monarchy endlessly and think how awful it is and everybody’s trapped, who’s in there, why do you want to hold the title if it’s just so you can earn money? That’s not right, you can’t use the royal titles to earn money for yourself.”

She also mentioned how the Sussexes were rumored to be entering a “sort of media range” and doing things “very grandly” to make money through the media. She thought it was the Sussexes’ current goal.

Meanwhile, royal historian and expert Marlene Koenig believes that the focus should be on how Prince Harry and Markle use their titles rather than removing them. She urged the royal couple to abandon their titles.

Koenig said:

“Perhaps it would have been kinder and wiser to have said at the time that in business they should use the surname Windsor, or Mountbatten Windsor, or Sussex […] Meghan Sussex, Harry Sussex in their careers.”

Tom Bower, a royal biographer and investigative journalist, expressed similar sentiments. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in his opinion, should stop referring to themselves as Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Bower said on “Good Morning Britain”:

“I don’t think they should be allowed to call themselves duke and duchess anymore, and I think the only way in which they can be undermined and reduced in importance in America is to say, ‘Well, if you think that of us, this is our family, this is Britain, then you don’t need to keep your titles anymore.'”