A Republican congressman is demanding help from the UK to stop Meghan Markle from interfering with the upcoming US elections.
Congressman Jason Smith is, reportedly, planning to send a message to the United States’ British Ambassador because of Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry.
In the letter obtained by the Daily Mail, the Missouri congressman argued that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still members of the British royal family and that their political statements are “inappropriate acts of domestic interference.”
Writing to Dame Karen Pierce, Congressman Smith wrote, “I am writing to express concern with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their continued interference in the United States presidential elections.”
He mentioned how he knows that the royal family has observed strict neutrality regarding political matters.
Congressman Smith brought up Prince Harry interfering in the US elections despite his status in the US is just a “guest.”
Speaking of the former Suits star’s political views, he described it as “thinly disguised and widely reported.”
Congressman Smith said that even though the couple’s comments were made as “private citizens,” the use of their title gives the impression their statements came from the British royal family.
“These actions represent a serious breach of the British Royal Family’s policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies,” he added.
He said it effectively meant that the British royal family IS interfering in the US elections.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Remove their titles
The four-term Congressman asked Queen Elizabeth II to strip them of their royal titles.
Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as working royals early this year, they remain members of the royal family.
The couple is still entitled to use the His Royal Highness/Her Royal Highness (HRH) prefix.
However, Congressman Smith argued, “The titles and privileges they retain by permission of Her Majesty the Queen, given with the advice and consent of her government, prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British Royal Family.”
The couple’s titles can only be decided by Queen Elizabeth II, who has the power to remove or give royal titles.
However, Her Majesty acts on the advice of the UK government.
If UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson would advise her that it would be in the country’s best interest to strip them of their titles, then perhaps she would reconsider and remove them.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s urge
In September, remarks made by Meghan Markle called November 3 the “most important election of our lifetime.” Meanwhile, Prince Harry urged people to “reject hate speech, misinformation and negativity.”
The couple’s controversial statements made waves in all parts of the world and were seen as anti-Donald Trump. The POTUS even sees it that way.
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