As of writing, 26,007 people have signed the petition with a target of 35,000.
By relinquishing his titles, Lady Colin argues it would free Harry “from the diplomatic, political and constitutional constraints that are an inevitable part of royal rank, and further freeing him from the constitutional conflicts which his beliefs are creating, with all their implications at home and abroad”.
She added: “As a purely private citizen, with no royal rank, style or title, he will be able to indulge his personal beliefs, as is the right of all private citizens, without the consequential possibility of damaging the institution of the Monarchy or relations between Friendly Powers, and will be free to articulate beliefs, no matter how objectionable, without the fallout that is otherwise inevitable as long as he possesses royal status.
“His invitation to The Sovereign, being of his own accord, will resolve conflicts that would otherwise be inevitable, and will permit him to enjoy the credit of having put both national and international interests above his own, personal ones, in the process gaining him respect that he otherwise will not enjoy.”
According to The Mail on Sunday, royal aides want the Sussex royals to give up their titles after a “disgraceful” swipe at Prince Charles’, and by implication Prince Philip’s, parenting skills.
One aide said: “People are appalled that he could do this to the Queen when the Duke of Edinburgh is barely in his grave.
“To drag his grandfather into this is so shocking and disrespectful.”
Another aide added: ‘They should put the titles into abeyance, so they still exist, but are not used, like they agreed to do with their HRHs.
“They should just become Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do that, they have to explain why not.”
It follows Harry’s recent appearances on ‘The Me You Can’t See’, where he attacked Charles’ parenting by saying the Prince made Prince William and himself “suffer”.
He told Oprah Winfrey on the show: “My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well, it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you.’
“That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer. Actually quite the opposite.
“If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids.”