Dumbarton Football Club have poked fun at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after it emerged that they allegedly rejected the title Earl of Dumbarton for their son Archie because it contains the word "dumb".
Now, the Scottish second division side have taken to social media to express their dismay at the reports, posting a picture of five figures dressed as clowns and dunces with "We will not be dumb" written on a blackboard behind them, the Daily Record reports.
Publishing the image on their Twitter, the semi-professional outfit wrote: "No offence taken @RoyalFamily."
Harry and Meghan were given the titles Earl and Countess of Dumbarton on their wedding day, meaning their son – who was born in May 2019 – could inherit it.
However, according to sources cited in a Telegraph exclusive, the couple feared the youngster could be bullied in school over the fact that the Scottish town's name, and the title, contains the word "dumb".
The football club are not the only ones to have expressed their anger in Dumbarton, a town in West Dunbartonshire on the north bank of the River Clyde.
Some locals have even said the royal couple would "not be welcome" there.
Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Checking in with the Brits around here. Isn't it kind of offensive to say 'we won't let our child take the name Dumbarton because it's a bad name'? I mean, that's people's home, right?
"I'd side eye a celeb if they didn't want to be associated with Idaho because it has "ho" in it."
Another added: "Very insulting especially to Scotland and the place Dumbarton."
A third tweet read: "This shows if true what a pathetic little couple they are. Not welcome in Dumbarton."
Dumbarton Labour MSP Jackie Baillie hit back saying: "There is no greater honour than being named after the town."
After sharing a hilarious meme with her own picture and the tagline ‘Mon Then’, deputy Scottish Labour leader Jackie told the Lennox Herald how passionate they should be about the town and indeed the title.
She said: “I am very proud to be the MSP for Dumbarton. It is my home.
"Dumbarton is a wonderful place and the people of Dumbarton have always prided ourselves on being open and accepting.
“We welcome with open arms anyone who wishes to be associated with or call Dumbarton their home.
"If the rumours about Harry and Meghan are true, then I would encourage them to rethink their decision as I think there is no greater honour than being named after the town.”
Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, which campaigns for an elected head of state, said: “My own view is that they should not be hanging on to all their titles if they don’t want to do the job.
"They can’t have it both ways – keeping the perks but not wanting to stay and do the work.
“If I lived in Dumbarton, I would be pretty miffed they had taken the title but not supported the community they claim to represent.”
Meghan and Harry announced they would be stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family early last year.
However, according to Meghan’s latest interview with Oprah Winfrey, it wasn’t the couple’s choice to not give Archie a Royal title.
She claimed it was because the Royal Family didn’t want Archie to have a Royal title.
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