Piers Morgan has called for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to have their titles taken off them after Meghan Markle commented on the 2020 US election.
Markle encouraged people to ensure they were registered to vote during an appearance at the online When All Women Vote event.
While the Duchess did not endorse a specific candidate, she claimed those who did not vote would be “complicit”, warning “we all know what’s at stake this year”.
Addressing viewers, the 39-year-old said: “We vote to honour those who came before us and to protect those that come after us. That's what community is all about and that's specifically what this election is all about.
“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.”
She added: “If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem. If you are complacent, you are complicit.
“We can make a difference in this election and we will make a difference in this election.”
According to UK law, royalty are able to vote, though it would be considered unconstitutional if they did.
Following Markle’s comments, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan took to Twitter to demand action, labelling her comments “brazenly partisan”.
The Queen must strip the Sussexes of their titles. They can’t remain as royals & spout off about foreign elections in such a brazenly partisan way. https://t.co/6uZ3FTbjHW— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 21, 2020
He tweeted: “The Queen must strip the Sussexes of their titles.
“They can’t remain as royals and spout off about foreign elections in such a brazenly partisan way.”
He later added: “She can do what she likes, she just can’t make politically partisan statements while remaining Duchess of Sussex.”
Former Big Brother winner Josie Gibson defended the Duchess, sarcastically commenting: “Oh no she's passionate about her country and who gets elected...... How dare she...”
To which Morgan responded: “The royals are not allowed to do that. If Meghan and Harry truly want ‘freedom’ from royal duty and rules, they should stop trading off their royal titles.”
Markle and Prince Harry remain members of the royal family, but they quit their roles as senior working royals earlier this year, opting to live in the US with their son Archie.