People are debating whether Meghan Markle should have her royal title removed for discussing politics

Joanna Taylor
Monday 24 August 2020 07:45
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Meghan Markle is being criticised for appearing to side-step the tradition of royal neutrality to discuss the US election in November.

Because the Queen remains politically impartial as the UK's head of state, all royals are expected to steer clear of expressing political opinions.

But some people are interpreting Markle's speech at an online 'When All Women Vote' event as a call to remove Trump from office. She said:

You know, I think we're only 75 days away from election day and that is so very close. And yet there's so much work to be done in that amount of time. Because we all know what's at stake this year. 

I know it, I think all of you certainly know it, and if you're here on this fun event with us, then you're just as mobilised and energised to see the change we all need and deserve. This fight is worth fighting and we all need to be out there mobilising to have our voices heard. 

Although she didn't mention Trump by name, Markle's comment that we "need and deserve" change sparked controversy.

She was criticised by some for being "brazenly partisan".

But others couldn't see what the big deal is.

Although she retains her title, Markle has already stepped back from her royal duties – partly because of media scrutiny and pressure.

People also pointed out that the British royal family haven't always been impartial.

Fans of The Crown already know this to be true. And David Cameron wrote in his memoir that he asked the Queen to "intervene" in the weeks leading up to the Scottish Independence referendum in 2014.

And others argued that outrage at Markle is misdirected, given prince Andrew's recent apology for his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Royals aren't legally bound to staying out of politics, but precedent dating back to 1688 dictate they do.

But Markle isn't the first royal to express a political opinion. After all, prince Charles wrote memos on government policy and handed them to ministers, while even the Queen allegedly shared her opinion on Brexit in 2016.

So although Meghan may have bent the (unspoken) rules, is this really enough to have her stripped of her title?

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