In a set of bumper polls that ran from 3pm on Friday, April 1, to 10am on Monday, April 4, Express.co.uk requested readers’ opinions on whether or not the general public ought to determine if royals maintain their titles and if Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew ought to have their titles eliminated. This ballot happened after calls from residents and MPs to take away Prince Andrew’s title and connection to the town because the Duke of York.
Similar appeals have been made in Sussex following Meghan and Harry’s choice to step down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.
Royal skilled Phil Dampier tweeted on March 25: “If the Duke of York is going to have his title stripped from him by the people of York presumably the people of Sussex should also have a say?”
First Express.co.uk requested: “Should the public decide if royals get to keep their titles?”
This query was answered by 8,821 readers with a majority of 75 p.c (6,592 individuals) answering “yes”, the general public ought to determine.
Meanwhile, 21 p.c (1,830 individuals) stated “no” and 4 p.c (399 individuals) stated they didn’t know.
Next, Express.co.uk requested: “Should Harry and Meghan have their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles removed?”
Meghan and Harry agreed to cease utilizing their HRH titles as soon as they had been not working royals.
But they proceed to make use of their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles – given to them as a marriage day present by the Queen in 2018.
In complete, 8,842 individuals forged their votes and a staggering 96 p.c (8,466 individuals) voted “yes” Meghan and Harry ought to have their titles eliminated.
Just three p.c (304 individuals) stated “no” and one p.c (72 individuals) didn’t know.
Then Express.co.uk requested: “Should Andrew have his Duke of York title removed?”
Earlier this 12 months the Queen stripped her second son of his navy affiliations and royal patronages, following a civil lawsuit introduced towards him by Virginia Giuffre, who claimed he sexually assaulted her thrice in 2001 when she was 17 – claims he vehemently denies.
The Duke reached an out-of-court settlement with Ms Giuffre in February for an undisclosed sum, and accepts no legal responsibility.
Andrew additionally misplaced the precise to make use of the His Royal Highness title in an official capability however continues to make use of his Duke of York title – additionally gifted on his wedding ceremony day by the Queen in 1986.
This query gathered 8,833 votes with a majority of 78 p.c (6,880 individuals) voting “yes”, Andrew ought to have his title eliminated.
An additional 16 p.c (1,395 individuals) stated “no” and 6 p.c (558 individuals) stated they didn’t know.
Username petitprintemps stated: “Absolutely yes! People should be able to decide if specific royals can keep their titles.”
And username Having my say…. wrote: “If it were to be placed into the public’s hands… I’m betting there would be a massive change.”
However, others felt that the general public shouldn’t have a say with username STANB writing that it’s “the Queen’s decision only”.
And username Aquamarina stated: “I don’t believe the public should have their say in working royal matters. However, I wish the mood of the country [would] be taken into consideration.”
Despite the Queen’s skill to grant dukedoms, she can not take away them with out a statute being handed via Parliament.