The reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might lose their royal titles

An online petition in the UK is calling for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be stripped of their royal titles. Launched in early July, the petition was started by Charles Ross, a resident of Sussex, and aims to reject the usage of the titles "Duke of Sussex" and "Duchess of Sussex" by the royal couple. At the close of the petition earlier this week, it had garnered 3,881 signatures, and as a result, is set to be presented to the Brighton and Hove Council meeting in Sussex today.

The petition states, "We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to reject the usage of the titles 'Duke of Sussex' and 'Duchess of Sussex' by the individuals Henry ('Harry') Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle as morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex." It continues, "As residents of Brighton and Hove we call on Brighton and Hove Council to not refer to these individuals by such titles which we believe to be entirely non democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite. Neither will Brighton Council invite or entertain these individuals nor afford them any hospitality or courtesies above and beyond that of an ordinary member of the public."

The petition has reportedly come as shock to many

Though ELLE claims Queen Elizabeth II is the only person who can take away their title, the petition has reportedly come as shock to many, with Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society, expressing his disappointment in the community. "Such a petition shows utter disdain and contempt for The Crown, not to mention copious amounts of disrespect to, and for, the Royal family which undertakes thousands of engagements per year on behalf of the nation, in right of Her Majesty as The Crown," Mace-Archer-Mills told Daily Mirror.

Prince Harry and Megan Markle have held their royal titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since May 2018. According to the royal family's website, Queen Elizabeth II conferred a Dukedom on Prince Harry, giving him the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, and Meghan becoming Duchess of Sussex.