Former President Donald Trump called Prince Harry an "embarrassment" to the royal family for leaving the palace and called on Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to strip the prince and his wife Meghan of their royal titles.
The former president told Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Monday that the couple, who moved to California after stepping down from royal duties, should have had their royal titles revoked.
“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,” said Trump, who met the queen during his presidential term in 2018.
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Harry, a prince by birth, was announced as the Duke of Sussex on the day of his marriage to Meghan. The title can only be removed by British Parliament or renounced by the titleholder. However, the queen can also request that the couple stop using the titles, according to the Irish Examiner.
Trump also scolded Harry for not attending a memorial service held a couple of weeks ago for his grandfather, Prince Phillip. Harry and Meghan instead visited his grandmother during a trip to the Invictus Games, held in the Netherlands. Harry's visit was the first time the couple had seen his grandmother since moving to the United States two years ago. Harry did visit England earlier this year for an unveiling of a statue of his mother, Princess Diana.
Harry later said in an interview on NBC's Today show that he wanted to make sure the queen had the right people around her and was protected.
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Harry is currently the sixth in line for the British throne after his father, his brother, and three nieces and nephews. Harry and Meghan's son, Prince Archie, is seventh, and daughter Lillibet is eighth.
In January, the queen stripped Prince Andrew of his royal patronages and military titles after he was accused of sexual assault, and his friendship with deceased sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein was publicized.