A coalition of political grandees, senior military figures and respected historians last night urged the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay away from next year’s Coronation following the fallout from their incendiary Netflix series.
Amid a chorus of highly regarded voices calling on Harry and Meghan to stay at home, one former Cabinet Minister said the couple ‘categorically should not be’ at Westminster Abbey when Charles is crowned on May 6.
An explosive poll has also revealed that nearly half of Britons believe that the Sussexes should have their royal titles stripped from them – and forty two per cent believe Harry should no longer be in the line of succession.
The intervention comes days after the first episodes of the series included Harry’s claims of ‘unconscious bias’ regarding race in the Royal Family; an inflammatory description of the late Queen’s beloved Commonwealth as ‘Empire 2.0’; and Meghan’s ostentatious parody of a curtsey.
A coalition of political grandees, senior military figures and respected historians last night urged the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay away from the Coronation
Fellow Tory veteran David Mellor said: ‘They make money out of selling their family down the river. I think it should be made clear that the British people do not want them there’
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith told The Mail on Sunday: ‘If they dislike the Royal Family so much why would they attend the Coronation?’
Fellow Tory veteran David Mellor echoed the sentiment, saying: ‘They shouldn’t come to the Coronation. They categorically shouldn’t come.
‘They make money out of selling their family down the river. I think it should be made clear that the British people do not want them there.’
He also suggested that people ‘would be perfectly entitled to boo if the couple did turn up’, adding: ‘They are a sad pair and there is no hope for them on their current course.’
Lady Antonia Fraser, the historian and author, added: ‘I hope they don’t come because I want the King and Queen to be the centre of attention. It worries me that if they come the cameras might waste time on them. They should stay holding hands in Hollywood.’
A poll for The Mail on Sunday today reveals almost half the public agree the couple should be barred from the Coronation.
Also, twice as many people think Prince Harry should be excluded from the line of succession and be stripped of his Duke Of Sussex title, compared to those who believe they should be allowed to maintain their status.
Lady Antonia Fraser, the historian and author, added: ‘I hope they don’t come because I want the King and Queen to be the centre of attention’
A poll for The Mail on Sunday today reveals almost half the public agree the couple should be barred from the Coronation
Harry and Meghan have revealed that their first dance as husband and wife was to the iconic 60s hit Land of a Thousand Dances
Newly released footage shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrating their wedding in 2018. The first release of the Netflix drama has been panned by critics and received only a 15 per cent audience score on review site Rotten Tomatoes
The couple share a kiss at their wedding reception after a service in St George’s Chapel, in Windsor. Nearly half of Britons believe they should be stripped of their royal titles
Yesterday, yet another trailer was released to promote the final three episodes of the Netflix show, which will be released on Thursday.
In it, Harry and Meghan reveal that their first dance on their wedding night was to Wilson Pickett’s Land Of 1,000 Dances, with Meghan saying she was ‘spinning like a whirlwind’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be stripped of their titles while Harry should be excluded from the line of succession in the aftermath of their Netflix documentary, a poll for The Mail on Sunday has concluded.
The survey found that 44 per cent of people think that they should lose their titles, while only 19 per cent disagreed.
A similar proportion, 42 per cent, think Harry should be excluded from the line of succession, with 23 per cent disagreeing.
Nearly one third, 28 per cent, think they should be disallowed from attending the Coronation of King Charles III, with 31 per cent disagreeing.
The poll, by findoutnow, also shows the wide divergence in views over different age groups.
While more than half of the over-65s – 51 per cent – think the Sussexes should lose their titles, only 16 per cent of those aged 25-34 believe they should.
Four out of ten voters who watched the TV series said it made them more sympathetic to Harry and Meghan, while 26 per cent felt less sympathetic.
A separate Deltapoll survey also challenges the couple’s view that they have been treated unfairly by the media.
A total of 51 per cent think they have been treated fairly, while 31 per cent think they have been unfairly treated.
That poll also found that nearly half of people (49 per cent) think the monarchy is good for Britain, with nearly two thirds (65 per cent) believing we should remain a monarchy and more than half (55 per cent) believing we will still have a monarchy in 50 years.
As well as details of their romance, the new instalments are expected to contain even more explosive material covering the couple’s break with the Royal Family. In the first episodes, Harry asserted that a ‘race element’ meant Meghan was ‘treated differently’ from others.
The Mail on Sunday can today also reveal that:
Thomas Markle has vehemently denied his daughter’s allegation that someone else used his phone to text her while he was in hospital;
Palace insiders rejected Meghan’s claims they advised her not to invite her niece to her wedding to Harry;
Commonwealth chiefs have angrily hit back at the suggestion it is ‘Empire 2.0’;
Prince William is understood to be ‘infuriated’ by Harry’s inclusion of a clip from their mother’s Panorama interview, which Martin Bashir obtained by deceit, in the programme.
When asked about all the allegations made in the show, a palace insider echoed the late Queen’s comment after the couple’s earlier allegations, saying: ‘Yet again, many recollections may be varying.’
It is understood that the Royals still regard Meghan, Harry and their children as ‘much-loved’ members of the family, and intend to invite them to the Coronation.
However, leading members of the Establishment last night united in their call for them to stay away, including one senior Tory MP who said: ‘I wouldn’t have them attending anything in my constituency, let alone the Coronation.’
Another Tory MP, Bob Seely, said: ‘If I were them I’d stay away – but they obviously want to attend and monetise it afterwards.’
The now retired Rear Admiral Chris Parry said of the Duke and Duchess: ‘I think they have forfeited their rights to be part of the Royal Family any more. Frankly, they have shown themselves to be unreliable in terms of recording things and reporting them.
‘The Coronation is another red carpet event for them – and they are likely to tread and tell. They are not consistent with the dignity and the importance of the occasion.’
Eminent historian Lord Andrew Roberts said there are many precedents for excluding the couple.
‘Queen Caroline wasn’t invited to George IV’s Coronation, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor weren’t at George VI’s in 1937, and Elizabeth II’s German relations weren’t invited in 1953, so there’s plenty of precedent for not inviting people who would be a distraction to and detraction from the focus of the great day,’ he said.
A representative poll of 2,065 British adults for this newspaper found that 28 per cent of people though that Harry and Meghan should be banned from the Coronation, and 31 per cent though they should be allowed to attend.
When the 41 per cent who did not express a view are excluded those figures are 47 per cent and 53 per cent respectively.
Asked by pollsters Findoutnow if the couple should lose their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, 44 per cent said yes and 19 per cent no. Similar numbers were for and against them losing their place in the line of succession.
One expert said that the allegations the couple made in the Netflix programme presented a security risk to the serving members of the Royal Family.
Dai Davies, former head of Royal protection, said: ‘I feel very strongly about this. We don’t know what poison will come out next, but when considering what has been said, be it half-truth, lie or mockery of the Royal Family, how can anyone want them to be invited to the Coronation?
‘The presentation of the monarchy and the Commonwealth as being racist is an insult to Britain and Britons.
‘This also gives rise to a very serious security issue.
‘The false narrative presented in this series could give rise to people with a fixation on the Royal Family to enact their fantasies.’
Margaret Holder, a Royal author, said: ‘I think the Sussexes will simply not be invited to events, or they will be advised diplomatically not to attend, because it would mean all attention goes on them and not on the Royal Family.’
Additional reporting: Cameron Charters
Prince Harry is branded a ‘hypocrite’ for describing his relationship with paparazzi as ‘hunter versus prey’ when he ‘capitalised on royal status to help promote a friend’s nightclub’
By Natasha Anderson for MailOnline
Prince Harry was branded a ‘hypocrite’ for describing his relationship with paparazzi as ‘hunter versus prey’ when he allegedly used to capitalise on his royal status to help promote a friend’s nightclub.
Harry would purposefully use the main entrance of Public, a London club he frequented in his youth, to give the venue a ‘huge PR boost,’ a friend who used to party with the Duke has claimed.
The source told The Sun on Sunday that co-owner Guy Pelly arranged for Harry to be photographed outside of Public because his presence was ‘amazing for its profile.’
The insider disclosed Harry’s alleged PR stint after the Duke, 38, claimed in his new Netflix documentary that the ‘majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi.’
Prince Harry was branded a ‘hypocrite’ for describing his relationship with paparazzi as ‘hunter versus prey’ when he allegedly used to capitalise on his royal status to help promote a friend’s nightclub, He is pictured at London hotspot Public in 2010
Harry would purposefully use the main entrance of Public, a London club he frequented in his youth, to give the venue a ‘huge PR boost,’ a friend who used to party with the Duke has claimed. Harry is pictured at Public in 2011
‘He is guilty of rank hypocrisy,’ the source told The Sun yesterday, just two days after the Harry & Meghan docuseries made its global debut on Netflix.
‘Harry started becoming a regular at the club late in 2010 and early 2011.
‘Guy Pelly was his friend and he got Harry to come to the club, which was amazing for its profile.
‘Harry must have known he would be snapped by photographers.’
The insider claims Mr Pelly would typically sneak Harry into the club through a back entrance to ‘avoid hassle and photographers.’
But on a few occasions the club owner arranged for the royal to enter through the main doors so he would be spotted by paparazzi.
‘Harry was pictured and, boom, the club really took off,’ the source recalled, reiterating that the scheme was ‘Pelly’s idea.’
The insider added: ‘It is odd to think this is the same bloke preaching to the world on Netflix, including about paps.’
MailOnline has approached Harry’s spokesperson for comment.
The insider disclosed Harry’s alleged PR stint after the Duke, 38, claimed in his new Netflix documentary that the ‘majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi’
In episode two of Harry & Meghan (pictured) the Sussexes are in New York in November 2021. They are seen getting into a car as their bodyguard discusses how to avoid photographers ‘camped out’ along the road
Harry also compared Meghan’s experience to that of his mother, Diana, who is seen here being followed by a photographer while in her car
The accusation of the publicity scheme comes after Harry compared paparazzi following his mother, Princess Diana, to the online harassment faced by his wife Meghan Markle.
He told episode two of their bombshell Netflix series: ‘To see another woman I love go through this feeding frenzy is hard.’
The Duke of Sussex, told how his wife, 41, has been repeatedly targeted by social media trolls, and described the relationship between the duchess and her online critics as ‘basically the hunter versus the prey’.
Harry said: ‘Back in my mum’s days, it was physical harassment, cameras in your face, people chasing you. Paparazzi still harass people, but the harassment exists more online now.
‘Once the photographs are out and the story is next to it, then comes the social media harassment. To see another woman in my life who I love go through this feeding frenzy, that’s hard. It’s basically the hunter versus the prey.’
Harry also spoke about his experience of facing photographers as a child.
‘The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi,’ he said, adding that they rarely had a holiday without someone jumping out of a bush with a camera.
‘Within the family, within the system, The advice that’s always given is don’t react. Don’t feed into it,’ he explained.
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