Despite not working as a member of the royal family in 15 months, Meghan Markle is said to be determined to retain her title as The Duchess of Sussex.
According to an insider, Meghan thinks that losing the title she was bestowed after marrying Prince Harry in 2018 could be a ‘PR disaster’.
Meghan and Harry announced they were stepping down from their royal duties in January 2020, but have continued to use their prestigious titles in their public life.
Meghan, 39, has referred to herself as ‘The Duchess of Sussex’ on all platforms, recently writing children’s book The Bench under that name.
A source close to the former Suits actress told heat magazine that Meghan is worried about losing her title after Harry’s recent revelations about his family.
“She’s told Harry that they need to tone down the attacks on the royal family – she’s afraid they’ll take away their royal titles, which would be a PR disaster.
“Right now, she’s inundated with offers, and that’s in part to being a Duchess.”
It comes after Harry dropped a number of ‘truth bombs’ about his relatives in bombshell Oprah Winfrey documentary The Me You Can’t See.
Harry made a number of digs at his close family members as she spoke about how his time in ‘The Firm’ had impacted his mental health.
He told cameras: “My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you.
“That doesn’t make sense.
“Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite – if you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids.”
Harry also claimed that his family told him to “play the game” when he admitted his struggles with royal life.
Weeks after Mexit was first announced in January 2020, Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming that Harry and Meghan would step back from official royal duties and no longer use the titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness – but they would continue to use the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Clearing up rumours about what the split would involve, the clarification read: “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
“While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty. The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”