Petition urging Prince Harry to request Queen suspend his royal titles launched

Prince Harry is "too big" for his royal title and should ask the Queen to suspend it, a royal expert has said.

Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote the book Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, has launched a petition urging The Duke of Sussex to request that the Queen put his titles into abeyance, meaning they would go into a state of temporary disuse or suspension.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced on January 8 last year that they would step back from senior positions within the Firm following talks at Sandringham with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen.

Meghan and Harry have since relocated with their son Archie Harrison to California, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.

They have since appeared in a bombshell interview with US chatshow host Oprah Winfrey, signed multimillion dollar deals with Spotify and Netflix and Harry also recently released a documentary series on AppleTV+ on mental health.

And now former I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Lady C believes it would be "the right thing to do" for him to request his titles are temporarily suspended – and more than 21,000 people who have so far signed the petition appear to agree with her.

The Change.org petition states: "The purpose is to invite Prince Harry to voluntarily ask The Queen to put his royal style, titles and rank into abeyance, thereby freeing him from the diplomatic, political and constitutional constraints that are an inevitable part of royal rank, and further freeing him from the constitutional conflicts which his beliefs are creating, with all their implications at home and abroad, in particular in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, where his articulated beliefs are in open conflict with the accepted tenets of both the United Kingdom and American Constitutions.

"As a purely private citizen, with no royal rank, style or title, he will be able to indulge his personal beliefs, as is the right of all private citizens, without the consequential possibility of damaging the institution of the Monarchy or relations between Friendly Powers, and will be free to articulate beliefs, no matter how objectionable, without the fallout that is otherwise inevitable as long as he possesses royal status.

"His invitation to The Sovereign, being of his own accord, will resolve conflicts that would otherwise be inevitable, and will permit him to enjoy the credit of having put both national and international interests above his own, personal ones, in the process gaining him respect that he otherwise will not enjoy."

Speaking to the Daily Star about why she launched the petition, Lady C said: "I started it because I think it’s the right thing to do.

"I have spoken to people, many people, who think it’s the right thing to do and it is the solution.

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"It is a dignified solution for all concerned. To humiliate no-one and protect everyone. I think it’s a humane way of solving a very regrettable situation."

The royal expert believes Harry and wife Meghan Markle would still be able to "sell their brand" without the royal titles.

Lady C said: "It is the best solution because it frees Harry to be able to indulge himself without consequence and without doing damage to the institution of the monarchy of the British nation, the British people and himself.

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"So from that point of view it frees him and he is big enough that he doesn’t need the royal title, he’s gone beyond that, he doesn’t need them, they are shackles that he could well do without.

"He doesn’t need them – he is too big for them now."

"He still gets publicity," Lady C added. "He still gets attention.

"They will still be able to sell their brand, capitalise upon their identity, but at least it will be in a way there can be no confusion about the fact that he is doing it as an individual and not as a member of the royal family that has duties to the nation and to the people of this nation."

The petition is available to sign on Change.org here.

Daily Star has contacted a representative for Prince Harry.

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