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A United States congressman has urged the British government to "put a stop" to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the couple released a video with Time 100 ahead of the upcoming United States election.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been accused of using their “foreign titles” to “campaign against President Trump ” by republican congressman Jason Smith.
Rep. Smith penned a letter to Dame Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United States at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and shared it on Twitter.
In the tweet, Rep. Smith claimed Prince Harry and Meghan are using their Sussex title to "interfere" with the United States election and urged the "British Government to put a stop to it."
Attaching a full copy of the letter, Rep. Smith said: "Dear Ambassador Pierce, I am writing to express concern with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their continued interference in the United States presidential election.
"As you know, the British Royal Family has long observed a policy of strict neutrality in regard to political matters.
"I am therefore concerned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent comments regrind the United States Presidential Election, especially given international conversations surrounding foreign interference in our elections and the Duke’s status as a gust of the United States."
He then goes on to mention Meghan and Prince harry’s Time 100 interview, in which the couple urged American citizens to register to vote at to "reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity."
Rep Smith said Meghan’s political opinions are "thinly disguised" in the speech and "went as far as to label the 2020 election the, most important election of our lifetime."
The congressman then goes on to claim the couple’s actions "represent a serious breach of the British Royal Family’s policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies."
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Rep Smith goes on to say he understands the couple no longer publicly use their Duke and Duchess of Sussex title, but nevertheless retain these prefixes and remain known as the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
He adds: “It is also my understanding the Royal Family has stated there comments were made in a person capacity, and the Duke and Duchess are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
“However, it is my view the titles and privileges they retain by permission of Her Majesty the Queen, given with the advice and consent of her government, prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British Royal Family.
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The congressman goes as far to say the British government is "condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election" by allowing Prince Harry and Meghan to speak openly on it.
Rep. Smith said: "Therefore, by allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and these political comments to continue, the British Government is effectively condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election from officials at the highest level of the British establishment."
He finishes the letter by requesting the British Government ensure Prince Harry and Meghan no longer "attempt to interfere" or "be stripped" of their Duke and Duchess of Sussex title.
Signing off the letter, Rep. Smith writes: "I respectfully request the British Government ensure The Duke and Duchess of Sussex no longer attempt to interfere in our election or be stripped of all titles, styles and privileges which they currently retain. I respectfully request you convey these concerns to both Her Majesty The Queen and Her Majesty’s Government."
- Prince Harry
- Meghan Markle
- Donald Trump
- Royal Family
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