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Majority of Brits want Meghan and Harry ‘stripped of royal titles’, survey shows

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Well over two-thirds of people in Britain now believe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should lose their titles, according to a new survey.

In a week when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew criticism for becoming embroiled in US politics a study, undertaken by research consultancy Savanta Comres on behalf of Tatler magazine, found 68% of respondents believed the couple should have their royal titles taken away from them.

In the survey, 4,174 British adults were asked a variety of questions about the royal couple.

Only people who expressed a definite opinion on the subject were included.

It found 68% agreed Harry and Meghan should have their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles taken from them, following their step down from royal life and their move to the US.

A total of 63% also agreed Meghan, despite being born in the US, should not be commenting on politics.

And 35% concurred the Duchess "wants to be president of the United States one day”.

Rodney Brazier, emeritus professor of constitutional law at the University of Manchester, said in a letter to The Times : “The Sussexes were tremendous assets for the royal family.

"But they are no longer working members of it, and Britain and the Commonwealth are poorer as a result."

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He continued: “In effect they are private citizens, and as such can use their judgments to say or do whatever they wish.

"But their present position, in which they earn their own livings, is confusing for everyone. It will remain so until they stop using their royal titles.”

The survey results are contained in the November issue of Tatler, available on newsstands and via digital download next Thursday, October 8.

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This comes as a new review of the family's spending published today revealed Prince Harry and Meghan's last official tour as full-time members of the Royal Family cost Brit taxpayers almost a quarter of a million pounds.

Royal accounts show £245,643 was spent on scheduled flights and a private jet for the couple and their entourage.

The same review shows Harry’s uncle Prince Andrew spent £16,000 of taxpayer money on private flight to watch the golf Open Championship at Portrush.

A similar amount was spent when Princess Anne took a day trip to Rome for a Six Nations match in February, costing the taxpayer £16,440. The Princess Royal is patron of the Scottish Rugby Association.

The Government has also confirmed that it plans to top up the Queen ’s income following a coronavirus-driven slump in rental revenues she receives from various high-value properties she owns in London’s West End.

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