Tens of thousands sign petition calling on Harry to give up royal titles

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, to request that The Queen put his royal titles into abeyance.

The petition calls on the Duke to invite the Queen to suspend his titles, in a manner that “will resolve conflicts that would otherwise be inevitable”.

“The purpose is to invite Prince Harry to voluntarily ask The Queen to put his royal style, titles and rank into abeyance, thereby freeing him from the diplomatic, political and constitutional constraints that are an inevitable part of royal rank, and further freeing him from the constitutional conflicts which his beliefs are creating, with all their implications at home and abroad, in particular in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, where his articulated beliefs are in open conflict with the accepted tenets of both the United Kingdom and American Constitutions” says the petition, started by royal expert Lady Colin Campbell.

“As a purely private citizen, with no royal rank, style or title, he will be able to indulge his personal beliefs, as is the right of all private citizens, without the consequential possibility of damaging the institution of the Monarchy or relations between Friendly Powers, and will be free to articulate beliefs, no matter how objectionable, without the fallout that is otherwise inevitable as long as he possesses royal status.

“His invitation to The Sovereign, being of his own accord, will resolve conflicts that would otherwise be inevitable, and will permit him to enjoy the credit of having put both national and international interests above his own, personal ones, in the process gaining him respect that he otherwise will not enjoy.”

The petition comes as tensions continue to emerge between Prince Harry’s traditional obligations as a member of the Royal Family and his decision, along with his wife Meghan Markle, to sound off repeatedly about political issues in a way that annoys broad swathes of the public.

In March Harry caused outrage in the United Kingdom when he was interviewed with Markle by billionaire Hollywood celeb Oprah Winfrey, in a broadcast that saw the pair make bombshell allegations about the monarchy.

The interview was blasted as “contemptible” by popular TV host Piers Morgan, who said: “This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family.”

His approval ratings have plummeted into negative figures since the chat, and the numbers for Markle are even more brutal – with 61% of Brits having a negative opinion of her.

He’s caused controversy in his new country too, after referring to US constitutional protections as “bonkers”.

“If you can’t understand the importance of free expression and the importance of constitutional principles that allow for a free exchange of ideas and ideals and opinions that have made America the greatest country on Earth, then maybe it is time you move to a place more compatible with your restrictive ideas” raged Fox News personality Sean Hannity.