Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under criticism for using their royal titles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, during their visit to New York this weekend. Royal commentator Neil Sean claimed the couple’s PR team “insist” on using the titles whenever they are “addressing something big or political”, despite the pair stepping down from the Royal Family in 2020.
Royal commentator Neil Sean claimed: “What I find fascinating, but what a lot of people here are very angry about, is the fact the former royals insist on doing this at every single event or every single thing that could simply be monetised.
“As I’m sure many of you know, it really does annoy people over here by the fact that Harry and Meghan have been allowed to keep their titles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“Now have you noticed for instance, when it’s on the Time magazine cover, or in fact they’re addressing something big or political or whatever, they always are announced by their title, the Duke and Duchess.
“Now this is simply because their team insists on it, after all as we told you many times on the show, titles mean nothing to the former actress, but apparently they do when you’re trying to monetise or indeed, make money.”
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During the couple’s TIME100 magazine cover shoot, they were referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They were listed as two of the most influential people in the world for their contributions to discussions on mental health and misinformation.
Prince Harry also signed his daughter Lilibet Diana’s birth certificate with the his official title.
Neil Sean continued: “What I find fascinating, particulary for Prince Harry, is that he does know the value of that title.
“He knows that is he was simply Harry Windsor, he’d still get invited as curio curiosity, but it certainly won’t to have the kudos by getting those big book deals, or indeed appearing on TV shows, or whatever they plan to do to rake in money now they’ve walked away from a family that he claimed he felt trapped in.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently in New York, where later this evening they will participate in the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park.
The couple are expected to urge world leaders to develop a Covid-19 vaccine equity program, which will help deliver vaccines to under-developed countries.
Since arriving in New York on Wednesday evening, the Sussexes have conducted a number of high-profile engagements in the city.
On Thursday, they met with New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio at the One World Trade Centre, where they participated in a photocall and laid a wreath of roses at Ground Zero, in memory of those killed during the 9/11 attacks.
Following this, they met with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, and joined a roundtable discussion with the World Health Organisation.
On Friday, the couple visited a primary school in Harlem, where 94% of the intake come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The engagement was designed to promote children’s literacy, with Meghan Markle giving a reading of her book ‘The Bench’ to a classroom.
For their 5-day stay, the pair have been staying at The Carlyle hotel, which is typically used by members of the Royal Family during official visits and tours.
Prince Harry and Meghan decided to step down from their roles as senior working royals in 2020, and subsequently relocated to California.
As part of their Megxit deal, the couple were stripped of their HRH status, but were allowed to maintain their Sussex titles.
Meghan and Harry currently reside in Montecito, Santa Barbara, with their two young children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana.