Meghan Markle could ‘drop Duchess of Sussex title’ to run for President in 2024

Meghan Markle would have to voluntarily give up her Duchess of Sussex title if she were to run for president of the United States, a Royal commentator said.

Her Majesty the Queen gifted Meghan the moniker when she wed Prince Harry and despite calls for the couple to be stripped of the Sussex title, the pair have kept the name.

They unleashed an astonishing attack on the Royal Family to host Oprah Winfrey, and also stepped down as senior royals in 2020.

US Senior government aides have said the US democrats are excited about Meghan and a potential move into politics, with rumours continuing to swirl.

One even suggested the soon to be mum-of-two may even run for president in 2024, if Joe Biden chooses not to.

The move would mean Meghan would likely have to to "renounce her Duchess title," royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said.

She told 7News not giving up the title would "conflict" with an oath Meghan would need to take to hold a public office.

Ms Arbiter said: "The Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII, abdicated the throne and he never lost his titles.

"But, US constitutional experts say that were she to run for president, it would be in direct conflict with her oath for public office."

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Ms Arbiter said that Congress could make an "exception" for Meghan if she were to run, but added that it is "more likely" she would drop the Duchess of Sussex title.

She said: "Congress could make an exception but were she to run, it is more likely she would do so as Meghan Markle than as the Duchess of Sussex."

Despite rumours of a potential presidential bid, Ms Arbiter said she personally believes it is "highly unlikely" Meghan will run in the immediate future.

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The expert added that you can "never say never" though, and admits Meghan's interest in politics could see a bid in the "long-term future".

Ms Arbiter said: "In the short-term, this is highly unlikely.

"However, Meghan has made no secret of her interest in politics. Last year, she did use her platform to encourage people to use their right to vote. She has spoken about social justice, racial justice and rights for women."

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