Piers Morgan calls for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be stripped of titles after 'brazenly partisan' comments

Markle appeared at an event organised by Michelle Obama's charitable group.
Markle appeared at an event organised by Michelle Obama's charitable group. Photo credit: Getty / When All Women Vote.

British broadcaster Piers Morgan wants the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stripped of their titles after Meghan Markle spoke about the US election in what he considered a "brazenly partisan way".

Markle - who married Prince Harry in 2018 - spoke on Friday at a virtual event organised by a "non-profit, nonpartisan" group launched by former First Lady Michelle Obama. The 'When All Women Vote' event brought together several high-profile female figures to talk about the importance of participating in the election. 

It came in the same week as the Democrats nominated Joe Biden as their candidate for president.

Part of Markle's contribution was shared by British tabloid The Sun on Twitter. In it, Meghan Markle talks about "what's at stake this year".

"We vote to honour those who came before us and protect those who will come after us, because that's what community is all about. That's specifically what this election is all about," she says.

"We're only 75 days away from election day and that is so very close and yet there is so much work to be done in that amount of time, because we all know what's at stake this year. I know it. I think all of you certainly know it and if you are here on this fun event with us, then you are just as mobilised and energised to see the change that we all need and deserve."

While those comments don't specifically mention Donald Trump - who Markle has spoken out against in the past - they have been interpreted by some media as the Duchess hitting out at the US President.

That's also how Morgan, often a critic of Markle, sees it. 

"The Queen must strip the Sussexes of their titles. They can't remain as royals and spout off about foreign elections in such a brazenly partisan way," he wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning. 

Members of the British Royal family traditionally avoid commenting on domestic or international politics so as to maintain neutrality. 

Markle, who is American, has previously called Trump misogynistic and divisive. Before visiting the United Kingdom last year, the US President called Markle "very nice", but also said she had been "nasty to me". 

During the President's visit, Markle was a no-show at Trump's meeting with the Queen. But that was blamed on the Duchess of Sussex being pregnant at the time. 

It's been a chaotic year for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In January, they announced their desire to step down as senior royals, causing a crisis within the family. The pair eventually got their way and now reside in the United States focussing on charitable work.

After that split, the pair agreed to stop using their HRH titles. But they are still referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Not one to miss out on any drama, Trump weighed in during what was called the Megxit crisis. As the family - reportedly shocked by the announcement - and their courtiers worked to figure out how Harry and Meghan could leave their roles, Trump said he felt for the Queen.

"I think it's sad. I do. [The Queen] is a great woman. She has never made a mistake if you look. She has had a flawless time," Trump told Fox News' Laura Ingraham.

"I have such respect for the Queen. I don't think this should be happening to her."

Back in March, just before the Duke and Duchess were meant to officially leave their posts, Trump tweeted that he wouldn't be paying for their security in the United States. 

"I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen and the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!" Trump tweeted.

Prince Harry and Meghan then responded, with a spokesperson telling media that they have "no plans to ask the US government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made".