On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex urged US voters to make sure they cast their ballot in the upcoming US elections in November through a passionate speech during the When All Women Vote initiative.
However, despite stepping down as a senior member of the British Royal Family in January, she had been announced as speaker at the event as ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’.
Members of the British Royal Family are not barred by the law from voting, but they decide not to exercise their right to remain as neutral as possible.
A poll – which ran on Express.co.uk from 2.15pm on August 21 to 10am on August 22 – asked, ‘Should Meghan Markle drop her title if she wants to get involved in politics?’
Out of 9,315 votes, 98 percent |(9,098) of people said the Duchess should drop her title.
Just two percent (196) said no while 21 people said they don’t know.
One person said: “Meghan is still a US citizen so she can vote.
“If she does vote this November, then she should never use her title Duchess of Sussex for any engagements from now on in the US.
“You cannot be a Duchess and a US citizen at the same time.”
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“If she will not renounce the Duchess title herself, then Her Majesty needs to remove it.
“This matter must be addressed very soon!”
Someone else echoed it should be the Queen who strips Meghan and Prince Harry from their titles.
They said: “If they want private lives as private citizens then they will not need their titles.
“The Queen needs to strip them away to save further embarrassment and anger from the British public.”
During her speech, Meghan said: “So you know it’s interesting we are obviously faced with a lot of problems in our world right now, both in the physical world and in the digital world.
“But we can and must do everything we can to ensure all women have their voices heard.
“Because at this juncture, if we aren’t part of the solution, we are part of the problem.
“If you aren’t going out there and voting, then you’re complicit. If you’re complacent, you’re complicit.
“And I think when we are looking at all the different ways we can engage, we can support one another, it doesn’t necessarily matter what the issue is that speaks to your heart: maybe it’s the environment.
“Maybe it’s the rights of women. Maybe it’s the rights of children or maybe it’s healthcare.
“Whatever it is, we can make the difference in this election and we will make the difference in this election.”