Sarah Silverman urged Harry to ‘take Meghan’s last name’ after confiding in Oprah
Prince Harry and Meghan: Public has 'heard enough' warns expert
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Harry and Meghan’s titles have become a hotly-debated topic ever since the pair chose to step down from the Royal Family last year. This discussion has intensified after the Duke of Sussex launched yet more verbal attacks on his family and royal upbringing. Most recently, he and US talk show host Oprah Winfrey released their long-awaited series on mental health, ‘The Me You Can’t See’, on Apple TV+.
He claimed there was no Palace protection for his mother Princess Diana in the spotlight, said his family were not able to support him and Meghan in their time of crisis and that his father Prince Charles told him just to accept the scrutiny that comes with being a royal. The week before this series launched, Harry attacked the Royal Family again when appearing on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, and said there was “genetic pain” passed down from the Queen and Prince Philip, to him, in a cycle he wanted to break. He also compared being a royal to being in a zoo exhibit. However, the first time Harry really lifted the lid on his misery as a royal was during his joint CBS Special with Meghan back in March, where the couple sat down for a bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah.
Here the couple revealed how they felt “trapped” as royals, and made their first allegations that the Palace had been unable to support them when they appealed for help.
The interview sent shockwaves around the globe, with many Americans in particular expressing sympathy for the couple, who have recently settled in California.
US stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman showed her support for the Sussexes after their attack on the Royal Family by tweeting: “Harry should take Meghan’s last name.”
The tweet received 25,500 likes and 1,291 retweets.
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This topic has returned to the forefront increasingly over the last few months, as the couple continue to sever their links to the Palace.
Famous broadcaster and chair of the Spectator, Andrew Neil, tweeted a scathing analysis of Harry recently which expressed a similar sentiment to Ms Silverman’s back in February.
Mr Neil tweeted: “It’s hardly a huge challenge but do we now need to refer to them as Duke and Duchess.
“Absolutely Mr and Ms would be far more proper and they’d want that too.”
Earlier this year, approximately 4,000 people also signed a petition in Bright, East Sussex, asking the council to snub the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, too — but that is a decision which rests with the crown and not the local authority.
Even so, Mr Neil repeated these thoughts only last week on Twitter when the Armchair Expert episode featuring Harry came out.
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Mocking Harry’s recent comments on the US Constitution, he quoted the royal’s claim that the First Amendment was “bonkers” and that “you can find a loophole in anything, you can capitalise or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said”.
He then attributed the quote to “Harry Windsor-Markle, Montecito, CA”.
He received more than 1,000 likes for this tweet.
Last year’s negotiations for their royal exit did see the couple agree to renounce use of the word “royal”, and to no longer use their HRH statuses.
They had to give up their royal patronages and honorary appointments this year, too, after confirming that they had no intention of returning to the Firm.
But as Harry was born a prince he will not be expected to give that up, while the Dukedom of Sussex — which enables the couple to be called the Duke and Duchess — was a wedding gift from the Queen.
Therefore it seems unlikely that Harry and Meghan will give that title up either.
Meghan did endure widespread backlash when she announced her debut children’s book, The Bench, and attached her royal title as the Duchess of Sussex to it.
Critics claimed she was commercialising her royal ties for monetary gain, although she is very much entitled to continue using that title according to the Megxit negotiations.
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