Rep. Smith to British Embassy: Duke and Duchess of Sussex Must Stop Interfering in U.S. Presidential Election

By Michael W. Chapman | October 13, 2020 | 10:20am EDT
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In a letter to the British ambassador to the United States, House Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) called on the British government to ensure that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle -- stop interfering in the U.S. presidential election "or be stripped of all titles, styles, and privileges which they currently retain."

Rep. Smith also asked the ambassador to convey his concerns to Her Majesty The Queen and to Her Majesty's Government.

"I am writing to express concern with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their continued interference in the United States presidential election," said Rep. Smith in his Oct. 9 letter. 

"As you know, the British Royal Family has long observed a policy of strict neutrality in regard to political matters. I am therefore concerned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's recent comments regarding the United States Presidential Election, especially given international conversations surrounding foreign interference in our elections and the Duke's status as a guest of the United States," said Rep. Smith.

The congressman then noted a political video message made by the Duke and Duchess in which they urged Americans to vote and to "reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity."

Smith added, "The Duchess of Sussex, whose political opinions are thinly disguised and widely reported, went so far as to label the 2020 election the, 'most important election of our lifetime.'"

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Getty Images)

"These actions represent a serious breach of the British Royal Family's policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies," wrote the congressman. 

Rep. Smith then noted that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do not utilize the style "His or Her Royal Highness," but they are known as "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex." He added that the Royal Family has "stated these comments were made in a personal capacity, and the Duke and Duchess are no longer working members of the Royal Family."

However, Smith also said, "it is my view the titles and privileges they retain by permission of Her Majesty the Queen, given with the advice and consent of her government, prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British Royal Family."

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

"Therefore, by allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and those political comments to continue, the British Government is effectively condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election from officials at the highest level of the British establishment," said the congressman.

In conclusion, he wrote, "I respectfully request the British Government ensure The Duke and Duchess of Sussex no longer attempt to interfere in our election or be stripped of all titles, styles, privileges which they currently retain." 

On Oct. 10, the New York Post and other media reported that Prince Harry was returning to England to speak with Queen Elizabeth. 

"Harry and the Queen will reportedly discuss his recent appearance with Meghan to urge American fans to vote in the upcoming presidential election—something they could not have done while they were still working royals," reported MarieClaire magazine

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