Prince Harry and Meghan must give up royal titles, say royal aides after duke's comments on 'painful parenting'
It has been just over a month since the world bid goodbye to Prince Philip, but grief hasn't proved to be the bonding factor fans of the royal family had hoped it would be. In fact, the rift seems to have simply widened, especially after Prince Harry's recent podcast with actor and podcaster Dax Shepard, promoting 'The Me You Can't See', a mental health series Prince Harry has produced with Oprah Winfrey, which launches on Apple TV+ on May 21.
Prince Harry in the podcast talks about his attempt to break the cycle of his family's genetic pain and suffering. His latest comments have led to an increasing sense of 'bewilderment and betrayal' amongst royal aides according to the Daily Mail. The aides are now reportedly calling for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give up their titles after Prince Harry's latest comments.
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Prince Harry in the podcast said about his father's parenting skills or rather the lack of them, "He's treated me the way that he was treated. There's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. Isn't life about breaking the cycle? There's no blame. But certainly when it comes to parenting, if I have experienced some kind of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that, perhaps, my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so I don't pass it on."
Royal aides reportedly feel that Prince Harry has spent a significant amount of time talking about the amount of pain being a part of the royal family has inflicted on him. There is a growing feeling that if the institution is disliked that much, why have the titles. While there is no formal move as yet to strip the couple of their titles, some in the wider royal family are reportedly talking of how Prince Harry and Meghan's titles should be put into abeyance, which means they still exist but are not used, like they agreed to do with their HRHs. One royal insider to the Daily Mail says, "They should just become Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do that, they have to explain why not."
It will be interesting to see what impact Prince Harry's latest comments will have when he returns to England for the unveiling of a new statue of his mother, Princess Diana, on July 1. Royal aides have said in the past that there is a genuine desire to build bridges with the Sussexes, but with what is being seen as complete lack of compassion by Prince Harry towards his grieving grandmother and family, it seems these bridges are becoming tougher and tougher to rebuild.