January 28, 2023

A Conservative MP says he intends to introduce legislation to strip the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of their royal titles.

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said the short bill for members, which could be brought forward to the new year, would see MPs vote on a resolution that could give the Privy Council the power to uphold the couple’s royal status to lower.

It comes a day after the release of the couple’s ‘tell-all’ documentary on Netflix, which has sparked anger from some royal fans.

Mr Seely said he had been thinking about the bill before the documentary and said there is a “political problem” with Harry’s comments as he retired from working as a senior royal more than two years ago.

He asked why Harry continued to use his title while “at the same time destroying the institution of monarchy and his family”.

He told the PA news agency: “In addition to destroying his family and monetizing his misery for public consumption, he is also attacking some important institutions in this country.”

Meanwhile, Employment Minister Guy Opperman told the BBC the pair are “completely irrelevant” to the progress of the UK and the royal family.

He said: “Obviously I think they are a very troubled bunch, which I think anyone who looks at them can say is a sad state of affairs.

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“Having said that, I agree that they are completely irrelevant to this country and the progress of this country and the royal family that I believe we all support.”

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Meghan says “when family and family business are in direct conflict.”

In the documentary, Harry claims the royal family has “unconscious bias”.

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King Charles avoids questions about Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries

He says, “In this family, sometimes you’re part of the problem instead of part of the solution. There’s a huge level of unconscious bias.

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The Duke of Sussex says members of the royal family asked why the Duchess of Sussex needed to be ‘protected’

“The thing with unconscious bias, it’s really nobody’s fault. But once it’s noticed or identified in yourself, you have to make it right.”

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The series also uses footage from Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama interview, which Prince William says it should never to be broadcast again.

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Sky’s Rhiannon Mills gives her analysis of the Harry and Meghan docuseries

The Duke of Sussex appears to have criticized the parenting he received from King Charles, saying he was trying to cope with the loss of his mother, who died in a car accident in 1997, “without much support or help or guidance “.

He added that he was “literally raised” by a “second family” of friends in Africa.

The Duke and Duchess signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify – believed to be worth more than £100 million – after deciding to leave the monarchy in early 2020.

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