Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lose Their Royal Titles in 2021?

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Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lose Their Royal Titles in 2021?
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Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lose their royal titles in 2021? According to bookmakers with various betting sites, it’s a resounding No. Well, that is, at least as far as this year is concerned.

The odds as they currently stand make no mention of what might come in 2022, 23 or later. [Insert dramatic shiver]. They merely pose the question regarding the couple’s status this year.

Royal Family Odds Will Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Lose Their Royal Titles In 2021?

  • Yes +500
  • No -900

Bovada Sportsbook (visit our Bovada Review) is one of several bookmakers to weigh in on the seemingly precarious future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their precious HRH (His and Her Royal Highness) titles that in the eyes of their biggest critics they are shamelessly monetizing to their own advantage. As per Bovada, the No bet is favored considerably over the Yes bet, implying that the likelihood the Queen will strip her grandson and his American wife of their royal status is most unlikely right now.

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave (Photo by Rick Rycroft / POOL / AFP)

Then again, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the gift that keeps giving, forever at the center of one media storm after another it seems. So much for breaking away from the United Kingdom to live the quiet life in California. From the now infamous Oprah interview to a contentious podcast chat that ruffled feathers on both sides of the Atlantic and a new documentary with Oprah set to drop imminently, the pair continue to steal headlines.

A poll of 4,500 adults conducted by YouGov and reported on by the Daily Mail UK revealed that six in ten Britons say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should be “stripped of their official titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” While “a further one in five said they should be allowed to keep them but not use them day to day.”

According to the Daily Mail article, the Queen previously ordered they refrain from using His and Her Royal Highness status, but the pair have branded themselves as Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Using the dukedom that was gifted by the Queen as a wedding present in their new and so-called royal-independent life in the United States.

Three strikes and you are out?

Those that follow baseball will be familiar with the “three strikes and you’re out” rule in the game. Even those that don’t follow baseball can grasp the gist of it. It’s self-explanatory: three chances and you’re out.

Should the Royal Family adopt a similar approach with respect to Harry and Meghan’s royal status is an interesting debate. If they were to, well then quite simply Harry and Meghan would be on their third and final chance.

Of course, this isn’t to say that the Royal Family is likely to adopt such a policy. It would be most unusual to revert to sports rules as a manner of dealing with the aggrieved runaway royals who seem to have gone totally rogue. Contemplating such a notion though presents an intriguing way to look at this ongoing royal spat in the wake of the betting odds currently trading on the Royal Family across multiple top sportsbooks.

Strike 1: Oprah Interview

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle casually lobbed an almighty grenade at Great Britain’s monarchy, hitting the Royal Family at its core during a sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. The exiled (runaway?) Royals hurled several stunning accusations in the general direction of Buckingham Palace, citing situations of mistreatment, misrepresentation and mismanagement by not only palace officials and aides but also members of the family. Or as Megan glibly dubbed it, “the firm.”

This combination of file pictures shows Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle and US media executive and talk show host Oprah Winfrey (Photos by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS and Kena Betancur / AFP)

Although the breakaway couple were reluctant to go into detail about who said what, they nevertheless sent seismic shockwaves across the pond that are still reverberating on the Richter scale today. Whatever rift may have existed between them and the family before the interview only widened further, prompting some of the best sportsbooks to roll out odds on whether the couple would ever return to the UK.

Will Harry And Meghan Move Back To UK?

  • Yes +750
  • No -2000

(Odds courtesy of Bovada)

Strike 2: Armchair Expert Podcast

Harry, making a guest appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast, put his royal foot in his mouth when he made a couple of controversial comments, separately directed at the Royal Family and the US Constitution. Where the former is concerned, Harry seemed to attack his father’s and grandparent’s parenting styles. Implying that his move to the US was in order to “break the cycle” of “genetic pain” for his own children. In terms of the latter, he seemed to take the American Constitution to task, calling the first Amendment bonkers. Ironically, the very same amendment that gave him the right to throw his entire family and the institution that he was born into under the bus.

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, onstage during the taping of the “Vax Live” fundraising concert (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Fox News Sean Hannity had a few choice words for Harry following his remarks on the Armchair Expert Podcast and he even reminded Harry that he’s in fact free to leave the US. “

‘Harry, we really don’t need you coming from England to give us lectures on the First Amendment,” said Hannity for what he deemed as an attack by Harry on America’s most sacred right: freedom of speech. ‘And if you can’t understand the importance of free expression and the importance of Constitutional principles that allow for a free exchange of ideas and opinions that make America the greatest country on earth then maybe it’s time for you to move to a place more compatible with your restrictive ideas.”

Strike 3…watch this space

What will come out from the Sussexes camp next has everyone waiting on tenterhooks and multiple sportsbooks poised at the ready to roll out more betting odds accordingly. The couple is predictable if not divisive and the likelihood of more feathers being ruffled is high. After all, they’re the gift that keeps giving.