Dumping the Duchess? Meghan Markle and publishers at odds over use of royal title

Initially, the social media post from the publication's online platform read Meghan Markle but was later changed to 'Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex'

Dumping the Duchess? Meghan Markle and publishers at odds over use of royal title
The publishers seemed confused about Meghan's royal title in a now-deleted tweet (Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Meghan Markle's bombshell 6,000-word interview with 'The Cut' magazine was released on August 29. Meghan, 41, met with the article's author, Allison P Davis, in her California home sharing tidbits from her life. The title of Meghan appears to be one area where the publishing was not quite clear.

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Despite the fact that the article is titled "Meghan of Montecito," Charlotte Griffiths, the editor-in-chief of the Mail on Sunday, has claimed that the post was initially shared without her royal title. The glossy publication went out of its way to mention her title -Duchess of Sussex - in a tweet on Monday, August 29.

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Initially, the social media post from "The Cut," the publication's online platform, stated, "Presenting our Fall Fashion issue cover star: Meghan Markle." It was then removed and replaced with a tweet that read, "Presenting our Fall Fashion issue cover star: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex."

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Griffiths stated to Palace Confidential, "The Cut posted on Twitter saying, 'Meghan of Montecito' has done an interview. About 20 minutes later they deleted it and reposted it as Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. I think somebody picked up the phone and said you missed out the most important bit of my name."

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Tessa Dunlop, a writer, and historian added, "But you could argue that is a win for the monarchy. In the end, she's saying she needs that title and we should own that. I think we should walk out a bit more proudly because actually, you're right, there's nothing there if it wasn't for the British monarchy."


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The main topic of Meghan's conversation with "The Cut" was her understanding of how things are with the royal family. She admitted that she is second-guessing her choice to rejoin Instagram and expressed her excitement at the opportunity of sharing her perspective in a Netflix documentary. 

The cover image was one of the other numerous things that garnered attention online. The cover picture, which is placed below the text, shows a picture of Meghan wearing a black turtleneck, echoing the cover shot of Michael O'Mara's photo book featuring Lady Diana Spencer, Harry's late mother.

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In the interview, Meghan declares her disapproval of the monarchy and jokingly asks the publication, "Do you want to know a secret? I'm getting back...on Instagram." Before she married Harry, she reportedly had her own account with 3 million followers. "It's a big adjustment - a huge adjustment to go from that kind of autonomy to a different life," Meghan says.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan declared in March 2020 that they would "step back" from their positions as "senior members" of the Royal Family. The former actress expressed her joy at leaving her alluring life in the UK while also accusing the royal family of "cruel treatment."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the keynote speaker during the United Nations General assembly to mark the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day where the 2020 U.N. Nelson Mandela Prize will be awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022, in New York City (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)

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