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

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have their titles stripped.

Last May, the couple officially became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their famous “I Do’s” in front of a global audience of millions.

The talk of the pair having their royal titles stripped comes after the Brighton and Hove council was forced to debate a petition. The Daily Star reports that more than 1,700 people have signed a petition in support that their titles are “morally wrong and disrespectful to the country of East Sussex.”

Charlie Ross put forward a motion in July to reject the Sussex titles within the Brighton Council. Now passing its 1,250 threshold, the Brighton and Hove City Council will discuss the matter on 24 October. If the motion is successful, the council would not use the royal titles in official documents citing that they are “entirely non-democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite.”

Being The Queen gave Harry and Meghan their titles, the council cannot legally remove them but, they can stop referring to Harry and Meghan as the Sussexes on documentation.

The petition says: “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.”

The petition went on to add, “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.”

The royal pair received a warm welcome when they visited Sussex last October. With the large crowds coming to see them, some labelled the petition as a “waste of council time.”

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.