“These actions represent a serious violation of the policy of political neutrality of the British Royal Family and inappropriate interference by one of our closest allies,” wrote Representative Jason Smith of the 8th Missouri District in the letter Friday.
Smith called on Dame Karen Pierce, the UK Ambassador to Washington, DC, to ask the UK government to ensure that the two men “no longer attempt to interfere” in the US elections “or are stripped of all. the titles, styles, and privileges they currently retain. . “
“Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lives, but this one is,” said Meghan, who, like her son, Archie, is a American citizen as well as a British member. Royal family.
“As November approaches, it is essential that we reject hate speech, misinformation and negativity online,” Harry added.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from the royal family earlier this year, making a deal with the Queen that they would no longer accept UK taxpayer money or use their ‘royal highness’ titles in exchange for less homework and more privacy. They now live in California.
In their voting video, the two men never mentioned Trump explicitly. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said that at the time of the video’s release they were simply calling for ‘decency and respect’ and not supporting any candidate.
This point was raised by several people on Friday, noting that Smith appeared to associate his party leader with “hate speech, disinformation and negativity online.”
Others noted that in addition to misspelling Markle’s name, lawmakers ignored that she was a U.S. citizen and had the right to vote.
Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat representing Illinois’ 8th District, also weighed in.
Still, senior royal aides told The Times newspaper in the UK last month that the comments violated the couple’s deal by separating from the royal family. They suggested the Queen and others should steer clear of the remarks further.
When President Trump was asked about the comments at a White House press conference and was falsely told that the couple had explicitly endorsed Joe Biden, he said he was “not a fan” of Meghan.
“I wish Harry the best of luck – because he will need it,” Trump said.
Before she became royal and was still an actress on Costume, Meghan had spoken out against Trump, calling him a “divider”.
The Los Angeles-born actor dubbed her “misogynist … and so vocal about it” and said she was considering staying in Canada, where she filmed. Costume, if he won.
Last year, the Sun newspaper asked Trump about his old comments ahead of his state visit to the UK.
“I didn’t know that,” Trump said. ” What can I say? I didn’t know she was mean. (He later denied making the comments.)
President Trump, of course, interfered in the British election himself. Ahead of the British election in December, he called on the British to reject Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“Corbyn would be so bad for your country. It would be so bad, it would take you so bad. It would take you to such bad places, ”Trump said in October 2019.
In 2016, as he ran for president and British voters were considering Brexit, Trump said they would be “better off” without the European Union.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess Smith and the British Embassy in Washington, DC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.