Queen ‘very unlikely’ to strip Prince Harry and Meghan of their wedding gift Sussex titles due to this key factor

The Queen would reportedly only do this as a ‘last resort’

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England
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The Queen would reportedly find it “very hard” to strip grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding gift titles for a very significant reason.

The Queen presented Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their royal titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex as a wedding present back in 2018. Whilst Harry was also awarded the titles of Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Despite the couple deciding to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and forge a new life in the US, they have retained these titles, though they have given up using their HRH styles. 

However, Prince Harry’s recent comments regarding “genetic pain” being passed down in the Royal Family have reignited speculation over whether the couple could lose their wedding gift titles after all. Speaking on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Harry discussed the "pain and suffering" he experienced growing up and claimed Prince Charles “treated [him] the way he was treated” by his own parents. 

Now a royal expert has revealed that despite rumors that Harry and Meghan might now be stripped of their Sussex titles, the Queen would only do this as a “last resort” due to one key factor.  

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England.

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When asked on air whether he thought their titles would be taken from them, talkRADIO royal correspondent Rupert Bell replied, "Personally no, because the Queen gave them as a wedding present and I think she would find that very hard to take that away from them, given the circumstances these titles were given.”

He explained that a vote in parliament would most likely have to take place in order to strip the Harry and Meghan's titles and that it’s “very unlikely” the Queen would do this.

“I see that as a position of last resort and the Queen has to agree to it,” he declared. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the carriage after their wedding ceremony

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Though the Queen likely won’t be looking to take back her generous wedding gift, the royal commentator did go on to allege that there is “underlying” frustration within the Royal Family

“What I think it does reflect is the underlying, total frustration with Harry and Meghan, particularly with the podcast comments about the family,” he said.

“I think a lot of people within The Firm feel totally frustrated knowing they can’t say anything yet Harry seems to be going on a continual rant against his family... it's a PR assault on the people they are working for!”

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as they leave after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to celebrate their third wedding anniversary on May 19 and will soon be welcoming their second child. Though they remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, their son is known simply as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. 

It’s not yet known if Harry and Meghan's new baby will have a royal title. However, it seems likely they would choose to follow the same path as with their first child should the Queen offer one and decide against it. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!