Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s comments urging Americans to vote were a “violation” of their deal to leave the royal family, prompting talks about whether to strip the couple of their titles, according to a report.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex irked the other royals when they called on American voters last week to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” in “the most important election of our lifetime,” the Sunday Times reported.
Royals are supposed to remain politically neutral and the pair had pledged when they resigned from the family that “everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty,” the outlet reported.
“The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen?” a royal aide told the outlet. “The feeling is it’s a violation of the agreement.”
Buckingham Palace said last week that “any comments made by Prince Harry are made in a personal capacity.”
But sources said the royal household was embarrassed by the comments, which were seen as a dig at President Trump.
“If Trump is re-elected and makes another visit here, what is the Queen supposed to say when her grandson and his wife have effectively campaigned against him?” a source told the newspaper.
Following the couple’s remarks, discussions were held among aides about how to further distance the royal household from them, the report said.
Among the possibilities under consideration would be to take away their royal highness titles, which they were allowed to keep but not use when they hammered out their Megxit agreement.
“The view at the moment is that you can’t do that to Harry. Even Edward VIII kept his [His Royal Highness] when he abdicated … [but] there is a strong view that the family really does need to put more distance between them and Harry and Meghan,” one aide told the newspaper.
Buckingham Palace has not commented on the supposed talks over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the outlet reported.