Prince Harry dramatically declared today that he and Meghan will never move back to the UK and become working members of the royal family — just hours after using yet another US interview to dismiss suggestions that the couple are leaving their official would give titles.
Speaking on Good Morning America, the Duke of Sussex said: “I don’t think it will ever be possible, I don’t think even if there was an agreement or an arrangement between me and my family, there is that third party that they will doing everything we can to make sure that’s not possible, not stopping us from going back, but making it unsurvivable.’
He continued, “Because that essentially breaks the relationship between us. There was something in the future where, you know, we can continue to support the Commonwealth that’s on the table, of course.
In a separate interview with the CBS network, the prince says evaded a question from Anderson Cooper who asked him why, given his obvious antipathy to the monarchy’s instructions, he and Meghan didn’t simply relinquish their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“And what difference would that make?” was his only answer.
Prince Harry dramatically declared today that he and Meghan will never move back to the UK and become working members of the royal family
In a separate interview with the CBS network, the prince evaded a question from Anderson Cooper who asked him why, given his obvious antipathy to the monarchy’s instructions, he and Meghan didn’t simply relinquish their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “And what difference would that make?” was his only answer
Cooper said, “One of the critiques you’ve gotten is that okay, fine, you want to move to California, you want to move away from the institutional role. Why be so public? Why would you reveal conversations you had with your father or with your brother? You say you tried to do this privately.’
Harry replied, “Every time I tried to do it privately, there were briefings and leaks and stories planted against me and my wife.
“You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain. But it’s just a motto. And it doesn’t really last.’
The couple first made the shocking announcement that they would be stepping down from royal duties on January 8, 2020.
They wrote in a joint statement at the time that they had reached the decision after “many months of reflection and internal consultation”.
They said they wanted to “work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.”
“We now intend to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America and continue to honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages,” the statement continued.
“This geographical balance allows us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition he was born into, while also giving our family the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charity.”
At the time, Norman Baker, a former Liberal Democrat MP and Home Secretary in the coalition government, told them to relinquish their titles in a scathing interview, stating: ‘You can’t be one foot in, one foot out. ‘
“You’re either a member of the royal family or you’re not,” he told the Express.
Anderson pointed out during 60 Minutes that “one of the criticisms” the couple has received is that they want to “step back from the institutional role” but still want to be “so public.”
Cooper said, “One of the critiques you’ve gotten is that okay, fine, you want to move to California, you want to move away from the institutional role. Why be so public? Why would you reveal conversations you had with your father or with your brother? You say you tried to do this privately.’ Harry replied: ‘Every time I tried to do it privately there were briefings and leaks and stories planted against me and my wife’
Just over a year later, in February 2021, Harry and Meghan announced they would be stepping down permanently as royals and moving full-time to California, where they bought a $14 million mansion in Montecito.
A month later, the couple sat down with Oprah for a two-hour, tell-all conversation — in which they claimed that someone in the royal family had raised concerns about their son, Archie’s skin color before he was born, and that Meghan had suicidal thoughts. while pregnant, only to be told by the Palace that she could not “get help” because “it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
After the interview aired, palace officials called for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to relinquish their titles.
“The Duke of Sussex has now spent a lot of time stressing that he is no different from anyone else and attacking the house he says has hurt him so much,” a senior courtier told The Mail on Sunday.
“The feeling is growing that if you hate the institution so much, you shouldn’t have the titles.
“They should just become Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse, they have to explain why not.’
In their recent Netflix documentation, the couple made more shocking statements, such as that the couple were victims of “institutional gaslighting” and that the royals would lie to protect his older brother, Prince William.
Harry also said on the series that he told his father, King Charles II, that he and Meghan were willing to relinquish their titles during discussions about their plan to move to America.
When the couple (seen in 2020) announced they would be leaving the monarchy and moving to America in early 2020, many people called for their royal titles to be relinquished
Following the premiere, a YouGov poll conducted for The Times revealed that 44 per cent of participants said Prince Harry and Meghan should have their titles removed, while 32 per cent said they should not.
A separate poll for Mail+ resulted in 98 percent of 9,700 people stating they wanted the royal couple to lose their titles.
Royal expert and biographer Robert Jobson said afterwards: ‘Harry claims in his Netflix docuseries that he offered to give up his title Duke of Sussex.
“Given his and his wife’s aversion to our constitutional monarchy, it is surely time for the Crown to accept his offer. The title was given pending service to the Crown and country.’
It was also reported that members of parliament have been trying to get a bill passed that would give the Privy Council the power to downgrade Harry and Meghan.
To change the royal couple’s status, legislation would need to amend the 1917 Deprivation of Title Act, which was used to remove honors such as peerages from enemies who supported German aggression in World War I.