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Lucius Baira-Hill’s mother Lesley-Lee Hill released on bail to plan her son’s funeral in Townsville

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The 28-year-old mother of one of the four teenagers killed when their friend crashed a stolen car has been released from custody to arrange her son’s funeral.

Lesley-Lee Hill is the mother of Lucius Baira-Hill, 13, who died instantly when the Kia Sorrento he was travelling in clipped a roundabout, flipped and hit a light pole in Townsville early Sunday morning.

Hill had been arrested last Thursday and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle after she was seen driving an allegedly stolen car a month earlier.

She was denied bail on Friday – two days before her son died – but the decision was reversed on Wednesday by Townsville Magistrates Court, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

Lesley-Lee Hill, 28, is mother of Lucius Baira-Hill, 13, who died on Sunday in a car accident

Lesley-Lee Hill, 28, is mother of Lucius Baira-Hill, 13, who died on Sunday in a car accident

Lesley-Lee Hill, 28, is mother of Lucius Baira-Hill, 13, who died on Sunday in a car accident

Lesley-Lee Hill was granted bail on Wednesday to help plan the funeral of her son Lucius (pictured)

Lesley-Lee Hill was granted bail on Wednesday to help plan the funeral of her son Lucius (pictured)

Lesley-Lee Hill was granted bail on Wednesday to help plan the funeral of her son Lucius (pictured)

Defence lawyer Phil Rennick told the court family members had travelled from New South Wales to Townsville in the hopes that Hill would be able to assist with funeral plans. 

Mr Rennick was required to tell the judge what the funeral plans involved and gather several affidavits including references.

Hill was granted bail on the condition that she would stay with her mother – who Lucius was living with before he died – and report to Mundingburra Police Station every Friday.

‘We’re relieved our client has been released from custody so she can mourn the death of her son and attend to sorry business,’ Mr Rennick told the publication. 

She will appear in court again later this month on the vehicle charge.

Hill was released on bail provided she report to police every Friday and stay with her mother. Pictured: Hill with Lucius

Hill was released on bail provided she report to police every Friday and stay with her mother. Pictured: Hill with Lucius

Hill was released on bail provided she report to police every Friday and stay with her mother. Pictured: Hill with Lucius

Hill will appear in court later this month. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help pay for the teenager's funeral

Hill will appear in court later this month. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help pay for the teenager's funeral

Hill will appear in court later this month. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help pay for the teenager’s funeral

A Go Fund Me page was set up to help pay for the teenager’s funeral with a target of $8,000.

‘We tragically lost Lucius at the young age of 13. We as a family are asking for any help we can get as this happened so suddenly. Please and thank you in advance,’ a message from the organiser read.

Cayenne Nona, 14, Rayveena Coolwell, 15, and Aaliyah Tappa Brown, 17, also died in the crash.

A witness, who claimed he saw the moments leading up to the fatal crash, said the car was speeding.

‘They were doing at least 120km down Hodges Crescent and I said to my missus they’re going to kill someone, there were no police around, just these two cars and they just kept doing blocks,’ he told the Townsville Bulletin

The car (pictured) clipped a roundabout before slamming into a light pole at around 4.30am on Sunday

The car (pictured) clipped a roundabout before slamming into a light pole at around 4.30am on Sunday

The car (pictured) clipped a roundabout before slamming into a light pole at around 4.30am on Sunday 

Cayenne Nona (pictured) was remembered online as a 'beautiful soul'

Cayenne Nona (pictured) was remembered online as a 'beautiful soul'

A funeral fundraiser has been set up for Aaliyah Tappa Brown (pictured) after she died in the crash

A funeral fundraiser has been set up for Aaliyah Tappa Brown (pictured) after she died in the crash

Cayenne Nona (pictured, left) was remembered online as a ‘beautiful soul’, while a funeral fundraiser has been set up for Aaliyah Tappa Brown (right) after her death in the crash

Lucias Baira-Hill (pictured) was identified as a victim of the horror car crash in Townsville on Sunday

Lucias Baira-Hill (pictured) was identified as a victim of the horror car crash in Townsville on Sunday

Rayveena Coolwell (pictured) was found dead at the scene following the smash

Rayveena Coolwell (pictured) was found dead at the scene following the smash

Lucias Baira-Hill (pictured, left) and Rayveena Coolwell (right) were identified as victims of the horror car crash in Townsville on Sunday

Emergency services were called to the corner of Duckworth Street and Bayswater Road at Garbutt at around 4.30am after the car crashed into a light pole.

Pictures from the scene showed a badly-wrecked white Kia Sorrento upside down at the intersection.  

The 14-year-old alleged driver was charged with a string of offences, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, burglary and possessing dangerous drugs.  

Pictures from the scene showed a badly-wrecked white Kia Sorrento upside down at the intersection

Pictures from the scene showed a badly-wrecked white Kia Sorrento upside down at the intersection

Pictures from the scene showed a badly-wrecked white Kia Sorrento upside down at the intersection 

Respected indigenous elder Uncle Rusty Butler called for action to be taken against youth crime to save lives. 

‘I feel empty … because you know they should never have died,’ he said.

‘We had the chance to save these kids … we need to deal with this because it’s not going to get better from here.’ 

A memorial has been set up near the crash site for the four victims, with flowers, balloons and messages left by loved ones. 

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Coastal five-bed townhouse with secret escape tunnel used by Henry VII hits market for £1.25m

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A coastal townhouse is up for grabs for a cool £1.25m offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape – with an historic hidden tunnel used by Henry VII.

The five-storey in Tenby, Pembs, comes with the underground passage in its garden which history experts believe was used when Henry Tudor was just 14.

A blue plaque on the wall says: ‘It is said that Henry Tudor escaped through a tunnel at this site in 1471 when he fled to France.’

This coastal townhouse is up for grabs offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape - with an historic hidden tunnel used by Henry VII

This coastal townhouse is up for grabs offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape - with an historic hidden tunnel used by Henry VII

This coastal townhouse is up for grabs offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape – with an historic hidden tunnel used by Henry VII

The tunnel leads from the property’s garden down to Tenby’s harbour.

The house was built in the 1790s and is now up for sale for £1.25million along with its Victorian boathouse and tunnel.

Estate agents John Francis, described the property as: ‘A truly unique opportunity to purchase an historically interesting, Grade II listed townhouse with the benefit of private terraced gardens with tunnel access to Tenby harbour as well as its own large former boathouse.

The secret passage leads from the five-storey property's garden all the way down to Tenby's harbour offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape

The secret passage leads from the five-storey property's garden all the way down to Tenby's harbour offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape

The secret passage leads from the five-storey property’s garden all the way down to Tenby’s harbour offering potential buyers a secret seaside escape

It's believed that this secret escape tunnel was used by 14-year-old Henry VII when he fled to France in 1471 with his uncle Jasper

It's believed that this secret escape tunnel was used by 14-year-old Henry VII when he fled to France in 1471 with his uncle Jasper

It’s believed that this secret escape tunnel was used by 14-year-old Henry VII when he fled to France in 1471 with his uncle Jasper

The property was built in the 1790's, however some items do pre-date this and there are connections with Henry Tudor when he was aged just 14

The property was built in the 1790's, however some items do pre-date this and there are connections with Henry Tudor when he was aged just 14

The property was built in the 1790’s, however some items do pre-date this and there are connections with Henry Tudor when he was aged just 14

‘The property was built in the 1790’s, however some items do pre-date this and there are connections with Henry Tudor.

‘Built as a merchants residence, there are many original features including a dumb waiter, servant call whistles, cellars and a large balcony with amazing views.

‘The large boathouse offers exciting redevelopment potential due to its unique harbourside position.’ 

The property which was built in the 1790's as a merchants residence has an enviable position with views of Tenby Harbour

The property which was built in the 1790's as a merchants residence has an enviable position with views of Tenby Harbour

The property which was built in the 1790’s as a merchants residence has an enviable position with views of Tenby Harbour

This light and airy sitting room is full of character from where you can enjoy magnificent views overlooking the harbour from the balcony

This light and airy sitting room is full of character from where you can enjoy magnificent views overlooking the harbour from the balcony

This light and airy sitting room is full of character from where you can enjoy magnificent views overlooking the harbour from the balcony

And it’s Tenby’s harbour which attracts tourists to it in droves. There’s a plethora of things to do here from enjoying a spot of fishing to taking a boat trip to the nearby Caldey Island.

Alternatively visitors can just take advantage of the beach to relax and unwind or simply sit and people watch. 

But if you have cash to spare and can afford the townhouse, you won’t have to venture too far to reach the harbour. 

‘Over the five floors you will find generous six bedroomed accommodation from the large kitchen up to the former servants quarters, now large attic rooms,’ added the estate agents.

‘The gardens are terraced and there are two former changing rooms overlooking the harbour and bay.’

The well manicured terraced garden offers a place to escape to when you want to spend some much-needed time in nature

The well manicured terraced garden offers a place to escape to when you want to spend some much-needed time in nature

The well manicured terraced garden offers a place to escape to when you want to spend some much-needed time in nature

Over the five floors you will find generous floor space as can be seen from the large kitchen (pictured) which leads up to the former servants quarters

Over the five floors you will find generous floor space as can be seen from the large kitchen (pictured) which leads up to the former servants quarters

Over the five floors you will find generous floor space as can be seen from the large kitchen (pictured) which leads up to the former servants quarters

Over the five floors you will find generously sized six bedrooms. This one is expertly decorated with dark wooden antique furniture against a backdrop of light coloured walls

Over the five floors you will find generously sized six bedrooms. This one is expertly decorated with dark wooden antique furniture against a backdrop of light coloured walls

Over the five floors you will find generously sized six bedrooms. This one is expertly decorated with dark wooden antique furniture against a backdrop of light coloured walls

According to this blue plaque on the wall the underground passage in its garden was used when Henry Tudor was just 14-years-old

According to this blue plaque on the wall the underground passage in its garden was used when Henry Tudor was just 14-years-old

According to this blue plaque on the wall the underground passage in its garden was used when Henry Tudor was just 14-years-old

How 14-year-old Henry VII used the tunnel to flee for France in 1471

The most intriguing part of this property is the secret passageway which forms part of the coastal town’s underground medieval passages.

The one leading from the garden of this five-storey townhouse to the boathouse is believed to have been the final part of 14-year-old Henry Tudor’s escape route alongside his uncle Jasper Tudor.

The pair were trying to escape the Yorkist siege of Pembroke Castle. They used it to reach the harbour to get to the relative safety of Brittany, France in 1471.

But it wasn’t easy. Despite owning a property in the nearby coastal town of Tenby, Jasper knew the community could be full of York’s spies.

So he enlisted the help of Mayor of Tenby, Thomas White, who gave them refuge in the cellar of his home and that’s when the duo planned their escape.

They made their way to the harbour through the secret tunnels and left for France. It was where Henry VII came of age and Jasper helped him plan their return  

The same tunnels were used in 1485 for Henry’s return. The homecoming ended with victory at the Battle of Bosworth where Henry overpowered and defeated King Richard III and was crowned King Henry VII.

According to historians, it’s possible the Tudors may never have come to power if it wasn’t for these secret passageways.

 

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Prince Harry last night left the door open to taking up US citizenship by saying he would not be eligible to vote in ‘this’ presidential election. 

‘This election, I’m not going to be able to vote here in the US,’ the Duke of Sussex said, adding that he had never voted in Britain either because convention dictates that the royal family keep out of politics. 

Harry’s remark leaves open the possibility that he could seek to vote in a future election in the US, which would likely require him to obtain a ‘green card’ and stay in America for at least three years.

Meghan and Harry have commented more openly on politics since quitting frontline royal duties earlier this year, and urged Americans to use their vote in a Time 100 message seen by many viewers as a thinly-veiled endorsement of Joe Biden

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weighed in on the US election in a TIME video message last night in which the Duke of Sussex said he could not vote in 'this' presidential race

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weighed in on the US election in a TIME video message last night in which the Duke of Sussex said he could not vote in 'this' presidential race

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weighed in on the US election in a TIME video message last night in which the Duke of Sussex said he could not vote in ‘this’ presidential race 

How the husband or wife of an American can become a US citizen 

The husband or wife of a US national can apply for citizenship after being a permanent resident or ‘green card’ holder for at least three years. 

If granted, this gives them full citizenship rights including the right to vote in US elections. 

Other requirements for spouses include:

  • Being at least 18 years old 
  • Being married to their US spouse for the whole three-year period 
  • Being physically present in the US for at least 18 months out of the three-year qualifying period 
  • Living in the state where they apply for naturalisation for at least three months 
  • Ability to read and write English and an understanding of US history and government 
  • Being a ‘person of good moral character’
  • Attachment to the principles of the US Constitution and being ‘well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States’ 
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Meghan is eligible to vote in US elections as an American citizen – as her son Archie will be when he is old enough. 

Harry’s current immigration status in the US is not clear, but there are a range of visas available to British nationals. 

These include the O-1 visa for ‘individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement’, for example people with ‘sustained national or international acclaim’.  

Harry has not announced any plans to take up dual nationality and a source told the Sunday Times earlier this year that he had not applied for a green card. 

Green cards offer a route to citizenship because the spouse of a US national can apply for naturalisation after being a permanent resident for three years.  

If citizenship is granted, Harry could vote in US elections and one day even run for office – although not for president, because the commander-in-chief must be a ‘natural born citizen’.  

If Harry chose the three-year green card route, he could theoretically naturalise as a US citizen in time for the 2024 presidential election. 

However, it also requires that the applicant be ‘physically present in the United States for at least 18 months’ out of the preceding three years.  

When ‘Megxit’ was announced in January, the couple said they would split their time between Britain and North America after quitting royal duties. 

But the coronavirus pandemic has limited their mobility and the couple have been staying in California since relocating from Canada earlier this year. 

The couple could also face a tax headache if they split their time between Britain, the US and possibly Canada.  

Last month it emerged that Harry and Meghan had bought a $14.7million home in California which includes sprawling gardens, a library, gym and wine cellar. 

‘They do have a mortgage, but they see this as their own place, free from relying on anyone else – a proper family home,’ a source said. 

The couple have also repaid the £2.4million of taxpayers’ money that was used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, their previous home near Windsor Castle. 

Frogmore will remain the couple’s home when they visit the UK, a spokesman for the couple said last month. 

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Harry and Meghan’s latest political intervention was seen as a veiled message of endorsement for Joe Biden (right) over Donald Trump (left)  

How British royals are expected to keep out of politics  

Under Britain’s constitutional monarchy, powers which theoretically belong to the Queen – such as appointing ministers and approving legislation – are exercised in her name by political leaders. 

This system means that political decisions are taken by the elected government rather than unelected royals, while keeping the monarchy as a symbol of the British state and its traditions. 

The royals’ political neutrality, which the Queen has scrupulously observed for 68 years, is key to maintaining this balance and to preserving the monarchy’s popularity. 

A YouGov poll earlier this year found majority support among both Conservative and Labour voters as well as Brexiteers and Europhiles for maintaining the British monarchy.  

The Queen’s uncle King Edward VIII had to abdicate in 1936 because the government refused to support his planned marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson – fatally compromising his neutrality.   

While there is no law explicitly preventing the royal family from voting in UK elections, doing so would be an unacceptable breach of protocol.   

The Queen holds weekly conversations with her prime ministers and she is entitled to ‘advise and warn’ them when necessary, but the nature of her advice is never made public.  

Even her guarded comment that voters should ‘think very carefully about the future’ ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum was seen as an unusual intervention.  

Prince Charles is known for writing lengthy letters to ministers on policy subjects such as agriculture, some of which were made public in 2015. 

William and Kate have also spoken out on the environment, launching a prize to tackle climate issues last year. 

Princess Diana – who like Harry and Meghan became semi-detached from the monarchy – was known for her campaigning on land mines, once allegedly describing the UK government’s policy as ‘hopeless’. 

Her involvement sparked criticism from some Conservative MPs, but the Labour government that took office shortly before her death was more favourable to her campaign.  

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The Duke and Duchess made their latest political intervention on Tuesday in a video accompanying the Time 100 list in which they urged Americans to vote in November.  

Harry told voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ while Meghan called the presidential race the ‘most important election of our lifetime’. 

‘When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do and you deserve to be heard,’ she said.  

The couple did not endorse a candidate but many viewers thought it was ‘obvious’ they were backing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. 

DailyMail.com editor-at-large Piers Morgan said: ‘Prince Harry poking his woke nose into the US election and effectively telling Americans to vote against President Trump is completely unacceptable behaviour for a member of the Royal Family.’

Royal biographer Robert Jobson told DailyMail.com that it ‘may be easier’ for Meghan and Harry to give up their royal titles altogether given the ‘business and political agenda they appear to want to pursue’. 

‘Frankly, I think it would be better for Harry to withdraw, along with his son, from the line of succession to avoid further confusion,’ he said. 

He added: ‘By saying they are HRHs and the Duke and Duchess, but not allowed to use the titles, just confuses the situation.

‘With that issue out of the way, Meghan encouraging people to vote is something that would be praised not criticised.

‘She speaks well and has passion for political issues. Without a royal title to hold her back it may set her free to pursue a political career.

‘Ditching his title, and that includes “Prince”, would free up Harry too, in the land where he says he is happy and wants to make this life and where titles mean nothing.’ 

In the UK, any royal partisanship would compromise the neutrality which is key to Britain’s constitution and the reputation of the monarchy. 

But such issues would not arise in the US, where Meghan openly criticised Trump before she joined the royal family. 

The former TV actress ridiculed the then-presidential candidate Trump during a 2016 appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

She said Trump was ‘misogynistic and divisive’ and indicated her support for Hillary Clinton. 

Harry is a friend of former president Barack Obama, interviewing him on a guest-edited episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme in 2017.  

‘Part of my role and part of my job is to shine a spotlight on issues that need that spotlight, whether it’s people, whether it’s causes, issues, whatever it is,’ Harry said at the time.

‘So I will continue to play my part in society and do my job to the best of my abilities so that I can wake up in the morning and feel energised.’ 

The monarchy is a symbol of the British state (pictured, the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament last year) but royals are expected to avoid political partisanship

The monarchy is a symbol of the British state (pictured, the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament last year) but royals are expected to avoid political partisanship

The monarchy is a symbol of the British state (pictured, the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament last year) but royals are expected to avoid political partisanship

Earlier this year, two Russian pranksters said they had duped Harry into criticising Trump in a phone call where they posed as climate activist Greta Thunberg. 

‘I don’t mind saying this to you guys, I think the mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry so big in America, he has blood on his hands,’ Harry allegedly said. 

Buckingham Palace did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the call.   

This week, feminist activist Gloria Steinem revealed that Markle had joined her in cold-calling Americans and urging them to vote.

Steinem told Access Hollywood: ‘She came home to vote. The first thing we did, and why she came to see me, was we sat at the dining room table where I am right now and we cold-called voters.’

‘Said ‘hello I’m Meg’ and ‘hello I’m Gloria’ and ‘are you going to vote?’ That was her initiative.’

Meghan has also told Steinem she was ‘so excited’ to see fellow mixed-race woman Kamala Harris nominated for vice president, in another strong hint that she is backing the Democratic ticket.  

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PIERS MORGAN: Queen has no option but to strip Harry and Meghan of royal titles 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want Joe Biden to become the next President of the United States.

They haven’t actually said that in so many words.

But it’s very obvious from a video message they released last night via Time magazine which way they want the result of the election to go and it’s not in Donald Trump‘s direction.

Meghan, a US citizen and well-known Trump-hater (she’s called him ‘divisive’ and a ‘misogynist’ and once told me herself how much she loathed him) said: ‘We’re just six weeks out from Election Day and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is.’

She added: ‘When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do, and you deserve to be heard.’

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out about the upcoming U.S. election, in a stark break with British tradition that prohibits royal involvement in politics

Harry, after saying he can’t vote in the States and, like other royals, doesn’t vote in UK elections, urged Americans to vote and said: ‘As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity. When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourself in someone else’s shoes. Because when one person buys into negativity online, the effects are felt exponentially. It’s time to not only reflect, but act.’

Although they never mentioned Biden’s name, it is crystal clear whose side they’re on and it’s not the guy sitting in the White House tweeting hateful disingenuous rhetoric 24/7.

By expressing themselves in such a brazenly partisan manner, they’ve crossed a massive line which should now have serious consequences for the couple who specialize in wanting their royal cake and the freedom to eat it.

The Royals don’t do politics.

Not publicly, anyway.

It’s one of the cast-iron rules of being a member of the Royal Family – that you don’t spout off your own political opinions for public consumption because it would damage the integrity of the Monarchy.

In the video Meghan said: ¿When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do, and you deserve to be heard'

In the video Meghan said: ¿When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do, and you deserve to be heard'

In the video Meghan said: ‘When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter, because you do, and you deserve to be heard’

On the Queen’s official website, it states: ‘As Head of State, The Queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters.’

This is because Her Majesty has to deal with governments of all political persuasion, both at home and abroad, and must be seen to be scrupulously impartial to them all.

Queen Elizabeth II has protected this neutrality ferociously during her 65-year reign, never once telling us a political opinion or identifying with any ideology.

Of course, that doesn’t mean she has no opinions.

In her private weekly meeting with the 14 British Prime Ministers who’ve served under her, she regularly tells them exactly she thinks.

But she never expresses those views in public.

Let alone interferes in the politics of another country that isn’t even a member of her beloved Commonwealth. 

It’s a rule that other members of the Royal Family have generally assiduously followed, knowing that to publicly declare any kind of partisan views would make the Queen’s life extremely difficult.

But it appears Meghan and Harry didn’t get the memo.

Or rather, they got it – but they don’t want to abide by it.

Queen Elizabeth II has protected this neutrality ferociously during her 65-year reign, never once telling us a political opinion or identifying with any ideology. She is pictured with Trump in June 2019 during his state visit

Queen Elizabeth II has protected this neutrality ferociously during her 65-year reign, never once telling us a political opinion or identifying with any ideology. She is pictured with Trump in June 2019 during his state visit

Queen Elizabeth II has protected this neutrality ferociously during her 65-year reign, never once telling us a political opinion or identifying with any ideology. She is pictured with Trump in June 2019 during his state visit 

The royal rules, as they’ve made repeatedly clear, just aren’t for them which is why they quit the Royal Family in a blaze of self-aggrandising publicity at the start of this year to ‘find freedom’.

Only, they didn’t really quit the Royal Family at all.

They just quit the boring bits, like having to turn up to an old people’s care home on a wet winter Wednesday.

However, they kept many of their royal titles, probably a lot more than anyone realizes.

Harry, for instance, remains a prince of the United Kingdom, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

Meghan, meanwhile, remains a princess of the United Kingdom, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.

They’re very proud of these titles.

Indeed, their website ‘sussexroyal.com’, is entitled: ‘The official website of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’

For all their constant talk of ‘equality’, they deliberately brand themselves as royals, perhaps the most elitist, unequal, privileged group of human beings on earth.

And they do that because it makes them massively more commercially attractive to the likes of Netflix who just shelled out a rumored $150 million to have them produce woke documentaries.

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Markle has made her position on the 2020 election clear in a number of appearances in recent weeks, expressing enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket

But keeping the royal titles prohibits them from sticking their noses into the political trough as they’ve now done.

Especially Harry, who is a UK citizen and sixth in line to the throne of the British Monarchy.

In other words, it’s possible – albeit thankfully very unlikely – that he might one day be King.

To spell out how this could happen in brutally simplistic hypothetical terms: if the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and William’s three children are all killed in a terror attack, we automatically get King Harry.

So, everything he does and says could carry enormous significance if he was one day the Monarch.

Yet here he is, the Queen’s grandson, telling Americans to vote against President Trump – the man to whom the Queen afforded an official state visit to the UK last year.

Harry’s comments have already gone down like a cup of cold vomit with Trump supporters who think he should keep his royal hooter out of their election.

And I don’t blame them for feeling angry.

Many British people like me are angry too.

It’s frankly outrageous for two members of the Royal Family to abuse their positions and embarrass their country in such a shameless way.

And I would say exactly the same if they suggested a preference for Trump over Biden.

As I’ve said many times, Meghan and Harry can do and say what the hell they like so long as they’re not living off British taxpayer money or trading off their royal titles.

Several weeks ago, they announced they will now be financially independent which if true, is good long overdue news.

But they cannot stay royals and take political sides in the way they’re now doing.

On their website, the Sussexes proclaim: ‘As they move to become members of the Royal Family, with financial independence, their commitment to The Monarch is resolute, and they aim to continue to fly the flag for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as called upon.’

Fine words, but how do they sit with them now deliberately sparking a political firestorm by directing US voters how to vote in an election?

Their typically self-interested intervention has damaged the Royal Family’s reputation for neutrality, and this self-evidently makes the Queen’s life more difficult.

It also makes a mockery of the Sussexes’ stated motivation for quitting royal duty, which, as their website details, was to ‘live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed ‘public interest’ justification for media intrusion into their lives’.

There can be no bigger ‘public interest’ justification for media intrusion than two high profile royals trying to influence the result of an election.

And they’re not ‘independent’ at all, they’re still royals with royal titles that bring them huge earning power.

The bottom line is this: if they don’t want to play by the royal rules, then they should give up all their royal titles.

Of course, this is about as likely as them stopping lecturing us all about equality from their $15 million Californian mansion.

So, Meghan and Harry have now left the Queen with no choice: she must strip them of their titles before they do even further damage.

The integrity and neutrality of the Monarchy demands it. 

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