‘Backstabbing’ Harry won’t have title stripped as it is Charles’ ‘guillotine’

King Charles shouldn't strip Prince Harry of his title as it can be used as a "virtual guillotine", a royal expert claimed.

A Private Member's Bill is set to be discussed in Parliament next month and will determine whether the monarch should be given powers to remove royal titles.

The King, who ascended the British throne back in September, has already faced calls from enraged royal supporters to revoke the Duke of Sussex's titles as he continues to establish his life with wife Meghan Markle in the US – but royal expert Eric Schiffer believes the King has the couple right where he wants them.

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"The King should not strip Harry but use its potential as a virtual guillotine, so Harry and Meghan become lap dogs of the King and stay in line," Schiffer told the Daily Star.

"Harry backstabbed his father and used the rift to increase his brand in America, monetizing the attention in the millions."

Monarchs are not currently able to revoke royal titles, The Express' royal correspondent, Richard Palmer, previously explained.

"The interesting thing about the titles is the monarch has no power to remove them, so it would need a change in the law," he said.

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A bill hoping to change this is set to be brought to Parliament by York Central's MP, Rachael Maskell, at the start of December.

"She is particularly concerned about the Duke of York and she thinks her constituents do not want Prince Andrew to be the Duke of York any longer," Palmer added.

"So, she wants to create the facility for the King to take the title away from him."

The Daily Star previously reported that the King is unlikely to support the proposed bill, and the government isn't said to be in favour either – meaning Charles may very well never get the chance to take away Harry and Meghan's titles.

"A Private Members' Bill has very little chance of making it into law unless the Government takes it up and supports it," Palmer said. "At the moment, there is no sign that the Government is going to do that, perhaps because the King does not want to do that."

The news came following ongoing discussions in the House of Lords over whether Harry and Andrew should remain stand-ins for King Charles when he's travelling or sick.

According to the Regency Act of 1937, those who can stand in for the King include the Queen Consort and the four most senior adults in the line of succession – the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice.

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But changes to the system, including adding more deputies to the roster and removing Harry and Andrew from the list, have been up for discussion in recent months and the King has already started the process of adding more royals to the list of people who can represent him, with Princess Anne and Prince Edward thought to be among those making the cut.

Some believe Harry should be excluded as he lives too far away to be an effective deputy – but Schiffer also thinks leaving the Duke off the list would be a powerful move.

"The Lords won't have the guts to make any moves," Schiffer predicted, "but the King will."

He added: "Choosing to stop Andrew and Harry as stand-ins and stripping Andrew's title will further increase Britons' belief in the leadership and judgment of King Charles."

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