How the Mighty are 'Fallen': Members of UK Royal Family Who Have Been Stripped of Titles
Prince Andrew joins other members of the British Royal Family who have been stripped of titles.
King Edward VIII aka Title Can't Buy Me Love
At the time, the Church of England opposed remarriage after divorce. The royal proposed an alternative solution, which would have seen Wallis Simpson not becoming queen consort, but enjoying a lesser title instead. That proposal was rejected too. The royal then abdicated from the throne to be with his beloved. Edward VIII's reign lasted 324 days. He was stripped of the title of Prince of Wales and given the title of Duke of Windsor with the style of Royal Highness.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aka We Want to Break Free
The media immediately compared the move to King Edward VIII's abdication because Meghan Markle is a US citizen and was previously married. Their decision, which was dubbed Megxit, has polarised the public, with one side expressing support for the pair and the other attacking the royals. The criticism stemmed from the mansion the couple lived in being renovated using taxpayers' money as well as concerns that Britons would continue footing the bill for the Sussexes when it comes to their travel expenses and protection from the Metropolitan Police.
The couple, however, repaid the money that was spent on their mansion and are no longer entitled to the protection by Scotland Yard.
The Sussexes retained their HRH (His or Her Royal Higness) titles, but no longer use them in any official capacity. However, they were stripped of their patronages, while Prince Harry, who served in the army and was deployed to Afghanistan, lost his military titles and honours.
Princess Diana aka Queen of Hearts
In 1995, she shocked the country after revealing that her husband was unfaithful to her in an interview with the BBC. Diana spoke about the challenges she faced being a royal and famously said she wanted to be the queen of people's hearts rather than the Queen of the United Kingdom. She was stripped of her HRH title following the divorce with Prince Charles. Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
‘Princess Diana shakes hands with an AIDS patient without wearing gloves in 1991. The picture shocked the world at that time. What’s even more shocking, it’s to know that in 2018, AIDS/HIV stigma and shame are still alive. Get educated. Educate others. Spread love! Be Diana. ❤️’ pic.twitter.com/hr6WSUp35j— RJ Barrete (@rjamesbarrete) December 2, 2019