The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s titles are up for debate next month

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s titles will be discussed in October, after a petition to get their titles stripped off had over 3,000 signatures.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were officially given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they tied the knot last year, but it seems like some people in their county aren’t happy with their new names.

Resident Charles Ross started a petition asking the Brighton & Hove Council to strip the royals of their titles, because they seem them as “morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex”.

The petition, signed by over 3,000 people, reads: “We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to reject the usage of the titles ‘Duke of Sussex’ and ‘Duchess of Sussex’ by the individuals Henry (‘Harry’) Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle as morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex.

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“As residents of Brighton and Hove we call on Brighton and Hove council to not refer to these individuals by such titles which we believe to be entirely non-democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite.

“Neither will Brighton council invite or entertain these individuals nor afford them any hospitality or courtesies above and beyond that of an ordinary member of the public.”

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As a result of the success of the petition, the matter will now be formally discussed in a council meeting on 24th October.

While they won’t be able to remove their titles officially as they were given to Harry and Meghan by the Queen, the council could decide to stop using them on documentation.

But even though the petition got a considerable amount of signatures, some residents have criticised the council for wasting time on this issue.

Local resident Liv Seabrook told local paper The Argus: “Our city has serious social problems and the council is going to waste time on the sentiment of a disgruntled citizen with nothing better to do than come up with a useless petition. There are financial aspects of the monarchy that can usefully be discussed.

“I for one can confidently say I have never felt the slightest bit oppressed by the fact that we now have as part of our Royal Family, a Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the managing editor of woman&home. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.