Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) is calling on Queen Elizabeth and the British government to rescind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s titles, weeks after the couple encouraged people to vote in a video for the Time 100.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not name a political party or candidate in the clip, and yet Smith said they were “using foreign titles to campaign against President Trump and interfere with our election.” Smith neglected to mention that Markle is a U.S. citizen.
“Today, I asked the British Government to put a stop to it,” Smith wrote on Twitter Friday, directing people to a letter he’d written to Karen Pierce, the U.K. ambassador to the United States.
Smith referenced the British royal family’s tendency toward neutrality in politics and wrote that he was concerned by the Sussexes’ “recent comments regarding the United States Presidential Election, especially given international conversations surrounding foreign interference in our elections and the Duke’s status as a guest of the United States.”
Smith brought up the pair’s Time 100 video appearance in which the couple urged people to vote and to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.” He specifically referenced Meghan’s comments:
The Duchess of Sussex, whose political opinions are thinly disguised and widely reported, went so far as to label the 2020 election the, “most important election of our lifetime.” These actions represent a serious breach of domestic interference by one of our closest allies.
Smith also added that their titles “prevent the Duke and Duchess from separating comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British royal family.”
Therefore, by allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and these political comments to continue, the British Government is effectively condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election from officials at the highest level of British establishment.
The letter ends by asks Pierce to convey concerns to Queen Elizabeth and “Her Majesty’s Government.”
Buckingham Palace and the U.K. Embassy in Washington did not return HuffPost’s requests for comment.
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