Prince Harry faces heartbreaking pressure to distance himself further from Royal Family

Prince Harry has been called to renounce his royal titles in a new petition

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle, visit Nottingham for their first official public engagement together on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(Image credit: Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry's position in the Royal Family came under scrutiny again this week, following the launch of an online petition calling for the Queen to revoke his royal titles. 

Thousands of people have asked Prince Harry to give up his royal titles this week in an online petition. 

The appeal, created by Lady Colin Campbell, was set up with the goal of receiving 50,000 signatures. 

Its opening statement invites Prince Harry to "voluntarily ask The Queen to put his royal style, titles, and rank into abeyance," a decision which would "free him" of his monarchical "constraints" and "constitutional conflicts." It also claims that the Duke of Sussex will be able to "enjoy the credit of having put both national and international interests above his own, personal ones" by requesting the renouncement of his own accord. 

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced they were stepping down as senior royals in January 2020, shortly before emigrating to the US with their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. They were stripped of their royal patronages after emergency meetings called by the Queen, who needed the couple in the UK to fulfill their commitments to their assigned organizations. 

Despite losing these honors, they have continued to use their titles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which were bestowed to them by Her Majesty following their wedding in 2018. 

The petition has already been signed by over 42,000 people, many of whom have left comments explaining their support of Prince Harry's official resignation from the Royal Family. 

"Such a shame but enough is enough," one disappointed member of the public wrote. "They are becoming shambolic, not content with insulting their family and the UK, they are starting on the USA too. These titles are an honor and privilege, something they have spat in the face of." 

"I am signing the petition because his behavior is unacceptable, plus his slandering of the monarchy publicly," another person posted. 

Who is Lady Colin Campbell? 

Lady Colin Campbell is a British socialite who is best known for her writings on the British monarchy. She has published eight books about the Royal Family, including a bestselling biography on Princess Diana and the controversial The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, which was widely condemned for its unfounded claims on the late monarch. 

She has also weighed in on more modern royal stories, releasing Meghan and Harry: The Real Story in 2020. In the salacious book, Lady Colin digs into the highly-publicized relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, using sources close to the couple in both the UK and the US to substantiate her narrative. Her account is fiercely critical of Meghan and Harry, accusing them of sabotaging a "tremendous chance to do good as royals." 


LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Lady Colin Campbell attends the Press night for "Cirque Berserk!" at The Peacock Theatre on February 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)

Prince Harry has been called to give up his royal titles by Lady Colin Campbell

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Lady Colin Campbell's petition has also inadvertently attracted the attention of British republicans, who wish to see the abolition of its monarchy.  

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Others simply took issue with the purpose of the petition, accusing its supporters of 'bullying' Prince Harry. 

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Buckingham Palace has not made any comment on the petition. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.