Harry and Meghan to celebrate third wedding anniversary

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Harry And Meghan To Celebrate Third Wedding Anniversary
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Photo: PA Wire/PA Images
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By Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing to celebrate their third wedding anniversary as a poll has revealed more than four in 10 British people think they should lose their royal titles.

Harry and Meghan married during a glittering ceremony on May 19th, 2018 and are likely to mark their milestone privately at their Californian home.

Traditionally, a third wedding anniversary is celebrated with gifts made from leather.

Harry and Meghan on their wedding day. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA

The wedding heralded a new chapter for the British monarchy as it was welcoming a person of mixed race into the family for the first time in centuries.

But just 18 months after exchanging their vows the couple travelled to North America with their son Archie and have never permanently returned to their UK home.

A YouGov poll carried out on Monday found 44 per cent of 4,567 adults living in the UK thought the couple should no longer be a duke and duchess.

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While 20 per cent believed they should keep their titles but not use them, 17 per cent said they should not lose their titles or stop using them and 20 per cent did not know.

The past few months have been a tumultuous period for the couple following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Harry and Meghan with son Archie. Photo: Toby Melville/PA

Meghan and Harry laid bare their brief life as a working royal couple, alleging a member of the family made a racist comment about their son, and explained the duchess had suicidal thoughts but her approaches to the monarchy for help were turned down.

Prince Philip’s funeral in April briefly brought Harry back into the fold, and he was pictured moments after the ceremony looking at ease and chatting with his brother, Prince William.

A few days after their wedding anniversary Harry and Meghan, who is expecting a daughter in the summer, will appear in the first episode of the duke’s mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey.

In the Apple TV+ series that begins on Friday, Harry says in conversation with Winfrey: “To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today’s world, more than ever, it is a sign of strength.”

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Footage of a young Harry during the funeral procession for his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, featured in a trailer for The Me You Can’t See.

Harry and Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions/PA

In separate interview Harry appeared to suggest that his father and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had failed as parents.

Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast, Harry said he wanted to “break the cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” for the sake of his own children.

He said of Charles: “He’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?”

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