In the year since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the British royal family, calls have grown for Queen Elizabeth to strip them of their royal titles.

Now, however, a renowned royal expert is claiming that the Queen likely has something far “more insulting” in mind for Meghan and Harry than simply removing their titles.

Royal Expert Ingrid Seward told The Express that the Queen would rather “ignore them” than give them more “ammunition to criticize the monarchy.”

“I don’t think removing the titles would make much difference and it would look very petty,” Seward said. “I also don’t think it is something the Queen would want to do at this stage of her reign. It would be far more insulting just to ignore them. Even excluding them from the jubilee next year gives them ammunition to criticize the monarchy.”

The Queen officially stripped Meghan and Harry of their HRH titles back in January after they officially cut ties with the monarchy. This means that Harry has lost his military titles that include The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving. Meghan was also stripped of her patronages at The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family,” Buckingham Palace said at the time. “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”

“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family,” the palace added. “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

Meghan and Harry responded through a spokesperson.

“As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role,” their spokesperson said. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

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