After the King of Sweden removed five of his grandchildren's royal titles, critics now turn their attention to the British Royal Family. Can Queen Elizabeth II do the same thing? On Channel 5's Jeremy Vine, the host weighed in on who among the famed British Royal Family should lose their titles and who should stay.
The reality television personality, Nicola McLean, chose Prince Andrew for the reason that he is Queen Elizabeth's favorite, per Express. She revealed she personally doesn't like having favorites in the families. If this happens, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will lose their titles, too.
Daily Mirror associate editor wanted to "get rid of Edward," saying the Queen's youngest child is a "waste of space." If the Earl of Essex loses his title, his wife, Sophie, will also lose hers.
Lastly, Daily Star columnist Dawn Neesom said the choice wasn't "tricky at all" and axed Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle. She said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not only wastes of space but "hypocritical wastes of space." This move will also remove their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, of his future title.
By the looks of it, Neesom wasn't the only one who wanted to take off Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's title. According to The Sun, a disgruntled resident, Charles Ross, set up a petition on the Brighton and Hove City Council website in July to remove the Royal couple's title.
As of September, the campaign already has more than 1, 7000 signatures, which surpasses its 1,250 thresholds for the council to put it on a debate. However, the publication noted there is a bit chance that the council would not support the request because it doesn't have the power to remove their titles.
Hence, they see the move as a waste of time. One of the residents, Liv Seabrook, echoed the same thing and described the petition as "patently absurd."
As Queen Elizabeth bestowed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they got married, she is the only one who could strip it off if she wanted to. But, as the petition gathered enough signatures, a discussion should be held during the council's next meeting on Oct. 24. Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman confirmed the full council would debate the request, but stressed the proposal is not council policy.
The only left that the critics don't want to be stripped off of their titles is Kate Middleton, Prince William, their kids, and Princess Anne. McLean described the Cambridge children as "fantastic," so they may keep their roles. Maguire, however, wanted to save Princess Anne as she would "cost less in the long term because she's older."