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MPs are attempting to bring in a new law that would allow the King to strip rogue royals like Harry and Meghan of their titles.
Amid growing fury at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Netflix documentary, a new bill in parliament today would, if passed, grant Charles III and politicians greater powers to remove ranks of nobility.
Labour MP Rachael Maskell tabled the Removal of Titles Bill to target a different royal, the Duke of York, over his association with late American paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But the Private Members Bill could also be used to remove the Sussex dukedom from Harry and Meghan.
It came as a Tory MP for Sussex demanded the couple finally lose their titles due to their 'lack of respect' for the Royal Family and the UK.
There are growing calls for Harry and Meghan to be stripped of their royal titles in the wake of their extraordinary Netflix drama
Tim Loughton says Prince Charles should cut off the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, declaring: 'I am ashamed that this deeply embarrassing couple bear the title of our great county'
East Worthing and Shoreham's Tim Loughton joined the clamour for Prince Charles to cut off the Duke and Duchess, declaring: 'I am ashamed that this deeply embarrassing couple bear the title of our great county'.
After the first three episodes began streaming yesterday, and three more to come next Thursday, Mr Loughton said: 'As a Member of Parliament for a Sussex constituency and having been born in Sussex and lived most of my life here.. it is time to take the title back from someone so clearly lacking any respect'.
Meanwhile a minister today branded the couple 'utterly irrelevant' to Britain and urged the country to boycott Netflix.
Employment Minister Guy Opperman said the 'very troubled couple' are a 'sad state of affairs' and said he will refuse to watch their docu-series, which will reputedly earn them $100million.
Appearing on BBC Question Time last night, he said: 'They are utterly irrelevant to this country and the progress of this country and the royal family that we all, I believe, support.'
He added: 'I don't think it has a fundamental impact on the Royal Family. I certainly won't be watching it. I would urge everyone to boycott Netflix and make sure that we actually focus on the things that matter.'
However No10 said today that Rishi Sunak did not support Ms Maskell's bill and would not support it. On the call for a boycott, the spokesman said 'it's a matter for the public what channels they want to watch'.
Asked if Rishi Sunak still has his Netflix account, the official replied: 'I honestly don't know.'
Ms Maskell's bill is highly unlikely to pass without government support, even if it gets time on the floor of the Commons today.
Yesterday fellow Conservative MP Bob Seely told MailOnline he is tabling a separate Private Members' Bill that would give the Privy Council power to downgrade their status by adapting the 1917 Titles Deprivation Act, which was used against aristocrats who sided with the Germans during the First and Second World War.
The Isle of Wight MP said the couple were 'monetising' their titles with 'aggressive' and 'unbelievable' attacks on the Royal Family and Britain. Backbench Bills rarely become law, but Mr Seely said presenting the proposals to the House will be 'a start'.
Meghan and Harry have been accused of trying to 'bring down the monarchy' with their Netflix docu-series, which attacks the Royal Family, trashes the Queen's Commonwealth legacy and dubs the UK racist.
The former Suits star was also accused of showing disrespect to the Queen when she thought Harry was 'joking' when he asked her to curtsey for his grandmother before doing an exaggerated bow on screen that also left her husband looking less than impressed.
Conservative MP for Workington, Mark Jenkinson, tweeted after seeing the clip: 'The ultimate betrayal. And he just sits and watches'.
It comes as the couple's bombshell Netflix documentary has been accused of attacking the late Queen's legacy after branding the Commonwealth 'Empire 2.0'.
The association of nations, much-loved by Her Majesty, is given the label by academic Afua Hirsch, while author Kehinde Andrews claims 'nothing has changed' from the UK's colonial past, apart from the Royal Family's 'better PR'.
The commentators suggest this racist legacy made it difficult for Meghan to be both assimilated into the firm and widely accepted and loved by the British public.
But the comments have been described as 'deeply offensive' by some viewers.
They also discuss Princess Michael of Kent a Blackamoor-style brooch to a pre-Christmas event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017. She was forced to apologise.
Harry said: 'In this family sometimes your part of the problem rather than part of the solution. And there is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias is actually no one's fault.'
Meghan adds: 'Obviously now everyone is aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK. Before then. I wasn't really treated like a black woman'.
MailOnline can also reveal:
Labour MP Rachael Maskell (top) tabled the Removal of Titles Bill to target a different royal, the Duke of York (above), over his association with late American paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. But the Private Members Bill could also be used to remove the Sussex dukedom from Harry and Meghan.
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EPISODE ONE: The Duke of Sussex reveals he 'had to quit' royal duties to protect Meghan Markle as he compared the former Suit actress to his late mother Princess Diana in the first episode of the couple's bombshell Netflix series.
It features Harry filming himself in the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, on the day of Megxit, when the couple decided to leave the royal family. It will inevitably raise questions about just when the couple decided to work with Netflix on their incendiary docuseries.
It also reveals:
- Harry said a friend told the couple they should document a period of their lives, which they agreed to due to the 'misinformation' about them.
- Harry said he first spotted Meghan on a friend's Instagram.
- Harry and Meghan said they had their first date at 76 Dean Street - and the Duke was late.
- Meghan's friend Silver Tree said the Duchess was 'crazy' about Harry after meeting him.
- Harry said there is a temptation in the royal family to marry someone who 'fits the mould'.
- The Duke recalled his childhood was 'filled with' laughter, happiness, and adventure, and that he remembers his mother's 'cheeky laugh'.
- Harry said: 'The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi.'
- The Duke praised his mother, Diana, for her efforts to 'protect' him and his brother from the media.
- Harry said his mother was 'compelled' to talk about her life.
She tells interviewers the last five years have been 'challenging' but is 'ready to have my voice heard'.
It also reveals:
- The Duke said members of the royal family asked why Meghan should be 'protected' or given 'special treatment' when they questioned newspaper headlines about her.
- Harry said negative press coverage about Meghan had a 'race element'.
- Meghan's mother Doria Ragland told of paparazzi taking pictures of deprived neighbourhoods in Los Angeles and saying that was where she was from.
- The Duke said articles in the press had 'racist undertones' as well as 'outright racism'.
- Harry went on to talk about his children, saying he is 'really proud' they are mixed race.
- The Duke said he and the Duchess of Sussex were keen 'not to make the same mistakes our parents did' while bringing up their children.
- The King's second son said the early stages of dating were 'car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises'.
- Meghan found the 'formality' of being in the royal family 'surprising', saying she realised people in the UK found hugging 'really jarring'.
- The Duke of Sussex described how Meghan meeting the Queen for the first time was a 'shock to the system', saying it was 'weird' telling her to curtsy to his grandmother.
- Harry said his wife being an American actress 'clouded' his family's view of her.
- The Duchess of Sussex said the media would find a way to 'destroy' her 'no matter how good' she was.
EPISODE THREE: Harry and Meghan call their engagement announcement in 2017 an 'orchestrated reality show' - and experts take aim at the 'racist' history of the British empire, and its Kings and Queens.
It also reveals:
- Harry believes there is a 'huge level of unconscious bias' in the royal family.
- Meghan claimed stories were 'planted' in the lead up to their wedding, with the couple 'playing whack-a-mole' with the press.
- Meghan described the time around