Royal expert Richard Eden warned if the monarch stripped Harry and Meghan of their titles the couple would “dine out on that for the rest of their lives”. The Daily Mail’s Saturday diary editor highlighted how the couple would still have the titles of prince and princess due to Harry’s birthright.
He said Meghan “might actually prefer” the title of princess.
An Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 10am to 7pm today – asked: “Should the Queen strip Prince Harry and Meghan of titles despite ‘victim’ warning?”
Out of 5,748 votes, 96 percent (5,479) of people said Queen Elizabeth II should strip the couple of their titles despite the warnings.
Just four percent (199) said the Queen should not strip them of their titles while 70 people said they don’t know.
Responding in the comments section, one Express.co.uk reader said: “If he and his woman are not interested in being royal then why are they so keen to keep their royal titles?”
Another person said: “The titles and all other appointments should have gone when they stepped down.”
A third reader added: “I would strip the lot from them.
“They have made it clear that they no longer want to be members of the Royal Family.
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Others called for Harry to be “struck out of the line of succession”.
Another Express.co.uk reader added: “They wanted no publicity but now look what they have caused.
“If they want a private life then stop running to the press and TV shows.”
Someone else said: “Strip them of titles and give them what they say they want: obscurity.
“Ignore them and give them total peace, without publication of any news or photos.
“Leave them to their gated community in millionaires row.”
While someone else simply said to “strip them of privilege and all titles”.
Mr Eden told MailPlus’ Palace Confidential show: “When Harry and Meghan were told they could no longer use their HRH titles, it was made clear to them privately that stripping them of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles was something that could be done in the future, depending on what they did.
“The Queen doesn’t want to look vindictive or petty, but also, there is an element that Harry and Meghan love being the victims.
“So if they were stripped of their titles, they would dine out on that for the rest of their lives.
“They would still have the titles of prince and princess.
“Meghan might actually prefer to be Princess Meghan.
“That is Harry’s birthright, that can never be taken from him.
“The palace will want to tread very carefully. It’s not something they would do in a hurry.”