Trump calls Prince Harry an 'embarrassment', says he and Meghan should lose royal titles

Former US president also predicts couple's relationship will end badly

Former US president Donald Trump said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle's relationship 'would end badly'. Reuters

Former US president Donald Trump has called Britain's Prince Harry “an embarrassment” for turning his back on Buckingham Palace.

In an interview due to air on Monday evening with former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, Mr Trump also predicted that the Duke of Sussex's marriage to Meghan Markle will have a “bad” ending, and said Harry “is being led around by his nose” by his wife, a former actress.

Mr Trump told the presenter's new TalkTV show, Piers Morgan Uncensored, that Queen Elizabeth II should strip Harry and Meghan of their titles, saying it was “terrible” that the prince had missed the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service.

Mr Trump, who first met Queen Elizabeth for tea at Windsor in 2018, said of Prince Harry and Meghan's “Megxit” saga: “The only thing I disagree with the queen on probably one of the only things ever is that I think she should have said, if that's your choice, fine. But you no longer have titles, you know.

“I want to know what's going to happen when Harry decides he's had enough of being bossed around.

“Or maybe when she decides that she likes some other guy better.”

The queen gave her grandson the title of Duke of Sussex on the morning of his wedding.

Peerages can only be removed by an act of Parliament, although there are also limited circumstances in which hereditary peerages can be renounced by the holder.

Prince Harry, who is sixth in line for the throne, and former Suits actress Meghan could be asked by the monarch to stop using their Sussex titles, although they would still technically retain them.

Harry, a prince from birth, would become Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales, while Meghan would be Princess Henry (Harry) of Wales, as she is not a princess in her own right.

After they gave up working for the monarchy, the couple agreed to stop using their HRH styles.

Prince Harry was absent when the royal family gathered in remembrance of Prince Philip in March, but travelled with Meghan to see his grandmother Queen Elizabeth for the first time in two years this month on his way to the Invictus Games in The Hague.

In a later interview with NBC's Today show, Prince Harry appeared to issue a veiled warning to those closest to the queen, saying he wanted to make sure she was “protected” and had “the right people around her".

- With PA

Updated: April 26, 2022, 5:31 PM
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