King Charles should stripPrince Harry andMeghan Markle of theirroyal titles “swiftly and decisively”, a British author has said.
Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, spoke out after it emerged the couple are to receive an award which he described as an “insult” to the monarchy.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to be honoured by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation for their 'heroic' stance against the 'structural racism' of the Royal Family.
Kerry Kennedy, RFK’s daughter and president of the foundation, said Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, have challenged The Firm’s 'power structure’.
She now plans to hand the Duke and Duchess a gong to recognise their achievements at the Ripple of Hope Gala – held in New York on 6 December in her father’s honour.
But Mr Gardiner described the award as “ridiculous” – adding it was a “disgraceful attack” on the Royal Family.
Speaking about the award on Twitter, he added: “An insult to the British Monarchy. Meghan and Harry should be stripped of their Royal titles swiftly and decisively.”
Award ceremony host Ms Kennedy, who is John F Kennedy's niece, has spoken of how Harry and Meghan took a brave stance against The Firm, knowing they would be ostracised as a result.
She said: "They went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong, that they couldn't have structural racism within the institution; that they could not maintain a misunderstanding about mental health.
"Few would have the courage to question their colleagues, family and community about the power structure they maintained, and this is what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have done."
The award comes after Harry and Meghan’scontroversial interview with Oprah Winfrey last year – during which the couple claimed they had experienced racism within the Royal Family.
The couple alleged that an unnamed senior royal made a racist comment about the skin colour of their then-unborn son Archie.
The interview left Prince William having to defend the monarch, saying "we are very much not a racist family".
Queen Elizabeth II, through a statement issued by Buckingham Palace in response to the interview, said: “While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
Harry and Meghan stepped back from senior royal life in January 2020 – moving to Montecito in California – but are still referred to by their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
In recent weeks,a royal biographer claimed King Charles could strip the couple of their titles in response to their upcoming Netflix series and Harry’s tell-all memoir Spare.
Author Tom Bower also warned the new monarch could withhold Archie and Lilibet's titles over the Duke’s autobiography.
The memoir was due out this autumn but its release was pushed back to10 January next year following the death of the Queen.
It has been promised to be “raw”, “unflinching”, “truthful” and “wholly accurate” – with the Royal Family said to be"preparing themselves" for any potential bombshells the book might contain.
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