Meghan and Harry told to ‘step away’ from royal titles and try alternative name

A royal historian has come up with a solution if Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, want to avoid criticism for still using their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.

The couple dropped the use of their HRH titles after stepping down as senior royals and have faced pressure from certain quarters to follow suit and stop referring to themselves as Duke and Duchess.

Marlene Koenig, an internationally recognized expert on British and European royalty, has suggested an alternative moniker that might suit all parties.

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Speaking to Daily Express, Koenig said the pair could just use "Sussex" after their names.

They explained: "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.

"Uncle Charles, Earl Spencer, he's written several books but doesn't use his title on his books: he uses Charles Spencer.

"The Earl of Harewood, whose father was the Queen's first cousin, was a producer, he used Lascelles, the family name as his title.

"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.

"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."

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In response to a Daily Express poll carried out in April, 8,842 people cast their votes on whether Meghan and Harry should be allowed to keep their titles.

A staggering 96 percent (8,466 people) voted “yes” Meghan and Harry should have their titles removed.

Just three percent (304 people) said “no” and one percent (72 people) did not know.

Meghan and Harry were also spotted visiting Oprah Winfrey's mansion this week, sparking speculation that they could be planning another tell-all interview.

It was reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent an hour at the TV host's seven-acre estate, which is just a five-minute journey away from their own Californian base.

Neither the Sussexes or Winfrey, however, have confirmed that a follow-up to the trio's CBS chat in March 2021 is in the pipeline.


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