People want Queen to strip Harry and Meghan of royal titles after Netflix deal, shows poll: 'Danger for monarchy'
The Queen has been urged to remove Prince Harry and Meghan's royal titles given their multi-year deal with Netflix. The couple has reportedly founded a yet-to-be-named production company and signed the deal with the streaming giant under which they will be paid for making documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.
As per a poll conducted by Express, around 96% (9,335 people) believed that the couple should be stripped of their royal titles in light of their deal with Netflix. It is said that only around 4% (408 people) thought that Harry and Meghan deserved to keep their royal titles. Around 76 people said that they weren't sure as to whether the couple should be allowed to keep their titles or not. It is reported that a total of 9,819 readers had taken part in an online survey that took place between 3 pm and 9 pm on Saturday, September 5.
An outraged poller commented, "I believe the monarchy is threatened if the Queen and Parliament don't act to sever official ties with this pair. What they do in private as a family is not our concern. But to be allowed to retain titles or have positions in the Commonwealth on the back of political posturing, affiliation, and anti-UK activity is abhorrent."
Another added, "It is ironic that they didn’t want to do the work of royals but are happy to trade on being a royal. If they weren’t they would never have got a contract from Netflix or anyone else for that matter." Yet another chimed in and said, "At this rate, Harry should be given an ultimatum — renounce your titles and remove yourself from the line of succession or be stripped of it. However he tries to deny it, he would not have got deals like this without the name of the royal family behind him."
"Consequences. They still haven't learned that actions have consequences. Like children, but worse," wrote another. The entire controversy began when the couple made the shocking announcement that they had signed a deal with Netflix. They had released a statement that read, "Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us."
We had earlier reported that the Queen herself was unaware of the deal. Sources said that the Queen had learned of their deal from her 'aides'. While speaking to Fabulous, a source said, "Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal," the Sun reports. The source added, "Her Majesty is all too aware of the pitfalls of when senior royals embark on lucrative projects — Prince Edwards’ production flop and some of the deals Sarah Ferguson has signed over the years to name a few."
The source also claimed that "royals are not for sale and dangers surrounds high profile roles outside the institution itself." The production company founded by Meghan and Harry on Wednesday, September 2, is said to make programs ranging from documentaries to children programs with some of the content centering on “mental health”.