Prince Harry Meghan MarkleThe announcement that they would be moving to California from the royal family made international headlines when they said they would not be staying. “working royals.”While the couple continue to use their royal titles as Duke and Duchess Sussex, one royal historian believes Harry and Markle should give up these titles.
Royal Historian Explains Why Markle Shouldn’t Have Used Her Title On Children’s Book
After the royal couple retired from their positions of senior royals, they gave up their HRH titles but kept using the Duke and Duke of Sussex names. Markle even used it as her author name on her children’s book “The Bench.”
Many were not pleased with Markle’s choice to declare herself Duchess of Sussex on the cover of the book, and pointed out that fellow royals don’t use their titles for side projects. Royal historian Marlene Koenig said, “If you look at other members of the family or peers or heir to peerages; Beatrice and Eugenie do not use their titles in their jobs—on their work websites it’s Beatrice York, Eugenie York.”
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“Uncle Charles, Earl Spencer, he’s written several books, but doesn’t use his title on his books: he uses Charles Spencer,”Koenig said more. “The Earl of Harewood, whose father was the Queen’s first cousin, was a producer; he used Lascelles, the family name, as his title.
Koenig: ‘I Think They Should Step Away From Using Their Titles’
“So, I think they should step away from using their titles, they should just use Meghan Sussex, Harry Sussex; there is so much precedent for that, especially in the US,”The royal historian stated.
“There’s nothing stopping you having your title as a royal if you’re abroad but you usually don’t use your titles, but from a professional aspect and the precedence of so many peers and other members of the Royal Family who don’t use their titles,”She ended her remarks. “I’m not denigrating them at all, I just think it would lessen the tension if they didn’t use the titles, to say, ‘Hey, we’re just gonna use, in the credits, Meghan Sussex, Harry Sussex’, there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Survey: Many agree with Koenig
Many people agree with Koenig. A poll was conducted by Express96% of those who voted said the couple should have its royal titles removed. It’s unknown whether or not Harry and Markle are considering a change to their titles, but it’s clear that many people think they should drop the Duke and Duchess from their names.