Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may lose their royal titles as ‘Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ for going ahead with their interview with Oprah Winfrey for CBS even when other royal family members thought it was wrong to do so.
According to a report by The Times of London, royal courtiers had a meeting last week to discuss stripping the couple’s titles and tearing up the “Sandringham summit” agreement which was made a year ago connected to their decision to step back from acting as senior royals.
“I don’t think that after this interview, anything is off the table, to be honest,” one source in the royal household told the UK paper, referring to the potential stripping of the pair’s titles.
Such a move would be “a big step,” the source conceded, stressing that it highlights how “cheesed off” Queen Elizabeth II is over the “circus” around the Oprah Winfrey interview which has been programmed to air on CBS at 8 p.m.
Another source told The Times that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “playing with fire” with the “very high-stakes” interview.
Commenting more on the titles, another source close to the monarch who confirmed Palace discussions over the upcoming TV interview insisted that “the titles are not up for debate,” the Times said.
One source said, “The response will depend very much on if they go after the institution or the people” in the royal family.
“If they go after the people, the people will come out swinging. The institution can take the blows, the people cannot. The institution is not at war, the Sussexes are at war,” the source said.