A Republican congressman is accusing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of interfering in the US presidential election
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo
A Republican legislature is calling on the UK government to ensure that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "no longer try to interfere in the US elections".
The couple's "actions are in violation of the British royal family's policy of political neutrality," wrote Jason Smith MP of Missouri in a letter to the British Ambassador to the United States.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the royal family earlier this year and moved to Los Angeles.
They recently appeared in a TIME video calling on Americans to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
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A Missouri legislature accused Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of meddling in the upcoming general election and called on the UK government to remove their royal titles on Friday.
"I respectfully urge the British Government to see that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex no longer seek to interfere in our election or lose all the titles, styles and privileges they currently hold," wrote Rep. Jason Smith in a letter to Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United States.
The letter comes after the couple spoke about the upcoming general election in a clip last month and encouraged Americans to vote, which has caused quite a stir in both the US and the UK.
Smith, a Republican, explicitly called the video out, saying that their "actions constitute a violation of the British royal family's policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies".
The two were featured on an ABC television special for TIME's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
In it, Markle said: "Every four years we are told the same thing: 'This is the most important choice of our life.' But that's it. "
"When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard," she continued.
"As we approach this November, it is important that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity," said Harry in the clip, which aired on September 22nd, National Voter Registration Day in the US.
But Smith claimed on Friday that her comments were evidence of a campaign against President Donald Trump.
Neither Harry nor Markle mentioned the president or his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the video.
A source close to Harry repressed the claims, telling The Daily Mail that he "spoke about the tone of the debate ahead of an election that is already quite feverish".
"He's not talking about a candidate or any particular campaign," the source said. "It builds on a lot of things he said before about online communities, how we interact with each other online, rather than specifically making political points."
The British royal family has long followed a tradition of political neutrality. Queen Elizabeth does not vote and Harry said on the TIME video that "he has never been able to vote in the UK in all of my life".
Markle, an American, can vote in the US. She moved to Los Angeles with Harry earlier this year after they left the Royal Family.
"We intend to step down as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen," the couple announced in January.
After their departure, the two announced that they would no longer use the "Royal Highness" markers as they no longer hold official roles with the family, but instead retain their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Smith asked that his letter be forwarded to the Queen, the only person authorized to remove royal titles. However, she can't stop Harry from being called a prince as only he has the discretion to do so, The Daily Mail reported.
The UK Embassy in Washington, DC did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment. A spokesman for Harry and Markle also didn't answer immediately.
The couple have undergone an immense trial since moving to the United States that even drew Trump's wrath. The president responded to the TIME video by saying he was "not a fan" of Markle and wishing Harry "good luck".
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