It’s a controversial title. When they left the British monarchy in 2020 to move to the United States to become “financially independent”, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said goodbye to several rights, including that of using the predicate “Highness Royal”. However, Elizabeth II allowed the couple to continue using their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles. Thus, both do not hesitate to register this title as soon as they can. This is for example what Meghan did on her children’s book, The Bench, on which she attached her royal title.

But on the release of this book, the question of whether she was right to use the title of duchess was debated. According to the historian of the royal family, Marlène Koening, reported by the British newspaper Express, the American actress and her husband should revise their title a little. According to her, the couple could simply use “Sussex” after their name. “If you look at the other family members, Beatrice and Eugenie don’t use their titles in their work – on their professional websites it’s Beatrice York, Eugenie York,” she explained before suggesting: “So I think they should stop using their titles, they should just use Meghan Sussex, Harry Sussex; there’s so much precedent for that, especially in the United States.”

Royal titles already in question

This question of the withdrawal of royal titles is a recurring debate in the United Kingdom. A little over a year ago, after new controversial remarks from Prince Harry, the Queen’s entourage felt that this umpteenth washing of dirty laundry in public would have deserved that the Sussexes be stripped of their last titles. The son of Prince Charles had estimated in a podcast that his father was partly responsible for his own ill-being, in particular because of what the latter received, thus targeting the Queen and Prince Philip. “The Duke of Sussex has spent a lot of time stressing that he is no different to others and attacking the institution which he says has caused him so much pain. There is a growing feeling that if you don’t don’t like the institution, you shouldn’t have the titles (…) The titles should be suspended, so that they still exist, but not be used, as they agreed to do with their predicate of Royal Highness. They should just be Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do so, they must explain why.”

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