A UK Conservative Party politician has said he is planning to introduce legislation that could potentially strip Prince Harry and Megan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, of their royal titles.
Bob Seely, an MP for the Isle of Wight, told the PA news agency he considered tabling a bill early next year to amend the 1917 Titles Deprivation Act.
If passed by parliament, the resolution would grant the Privy Council the right to demote the royal couple’s status.
The Tory MP's statements come after the release of a new Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan, in which the royal couple chronicle their relationship from the moment when Markle -- an American national of mixed racial heritage and a former actress on the popular TV series, Suits – started dating the prince in London six years ago.
The Sussexes made a variety of controversial claims throughout the series, such as branding the Commonwealth "Empire 2.0."
"This is a political issue," Seely said in response. "As well as trashing his family and monetising his misery for public consumption, he is also attacking some important institutions in this country."
While the Isle of Wight MP hopes to bring forward the proposed plans in 2023, a bill was already presented by Labour MP Rachael Maskell this summer, which would give the monarch and a joint parliamentary committee the power to remove titles.
The release of Harry & Meghan comes at a pivotal time for the British monarchy, as King Charles III begins his reign following the death of the widely esteemed late Queen Elizabeth I in September.
The Netflix series has received a generally hostile response from the British press, with conservative paper The Daily Telegraph lambasting it as a "direct hit" on the late queen's legacy, and aRead more on euronews.com