Do you think there’s anything “morally wrong” or “disrespectful” about Meghan Markle and her husband Harry? This is a royal couple that people either love or love to hate. There’s no middle ground with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. If you’re one of the 1,700 who signed the recent petition against the royal couple, your position on them is probably pretty easy to understand. If not, you might wonder why nearly 2,000 people signed the petition which claimed their current titles are wrong.
The wording of the petition is a little strong so the people of Sussex who signed it aren’t mucking around. Those who signed the petition agree with Charles Ross, who began it back in July, that the royal couple are “morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex”. The wording itself is interesting. What exactly does “morally wrong” mean? Have the royal couple been immoral in any way? What about the notion that they’ve been “disrespectful to the county of East Sussex?” How exactly have they dishonoured the county?
Brighton and Hove
Whether they’ve been morally wrong or disrespectful will be debated in Brighton and Hove Council on October 24th. The petition only had to exceed 1,250 signatures to reach that point. If the council agree with Charles Ross and the 1,700 citizens of Sussex who signed the petition, the Duke and Duchess could have their titles revoked but only on paper. The laws of the UK only allow the council to stop them using the titles on official documents.
The titles were no given to Harry and Meghan by anyone in any council in Sussex. They were not passed down from a previous generation. There are no reasons for them to be associated with Sussex at all. The title was given to them in May 2018 by the Queen. In a statement, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said, “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”.
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