Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the UN General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day
Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the UN General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY


  • Journalist Tony Parsons claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caused Queen Elizabeth to suffer "almost constant turmoil"
  • Parsons' op-ed received mixed reactions on Twitter, with fellow journalist Phil Dampier calling it "brilliant"
  • Others defended Harry and his wife, saying that they should be praised for "speaking freely"

Royal fans have mixed opinions after a veteran British journalist accused Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of "poisoning" the last years of Queen Elizabeth II's life and causing the monarch to suffer "almost constant turmoil."

In a new op-ed for The Sun, Tony Parsons, who has written for New Musical Express (NME), The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror in his nearly five-decade career as a journalist, accused Markle of lying when she claimed in her new interview for The Cut that members of the British press allegedly called her children the "N-word," arguing that any journalist who uses the racial slur would be fired "on the spot."

The 68-year-old journalist, broadcaster and author went on to describe the allegedly "wrong" comments Markle and Prince Harry have made about the royal family since their March 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview as "poison" that has caused 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth "stress and pain in the final years of her life."

Parsons wrote that the Queen's disgraced second son Prince Andrew "deserves his share of the blame" but claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the sources of most of the turmoil within the royal family over the past few years. Parsons also claimed in the op-ed that Prince Harry and Markle should be "stripped of their royal titles" due to this.

The op-ed received mixed reactions on Twitter.

Journalist and author Phil Dampier praised Parsons' column, calling it "brilliant."

Former "Good Morning Britain host" Piers Morgan reshared a tweet in which Parsons called for Prince Harry and Markle to be stripped of their "self-aggrandizing titles for poisoning the last years of the Queen's life," and added clapping hands emojis to express his support for the demand.

A third Twitter user wrote of Parsons' op-ed, "I agree. It's disturbing to watch this blatant disrespect playing out on a world stage. Our beloved monarch Queen Elizabeth II is an icon who has served faithfully for 70 years. She deserves the utmost respect. The Sussexes set a very bad example for the youth of today."

Others defended Prince Harry and Markle and claimed that it is Prince Andrew who should have his royal title removed.

"If their titles are taken away, would the media abuse stop?" one Twitter user wrote, referring to the negative reports about Prince Harry and Markle.

"What about Andrew, the pedo? Or [Prince] Charles and Camilla [Duchess of Cornwall], the cheaters? Harry and Meghan are working and earning their own money. They are not subsidized by the taxpayer money," another commented.

"Poisoning the Queen's life? But Harry is not the one paying off accusers to shut their mouths from exposing his pedophilia though," another wrote, referring to Prince Andrew settling for an undisclosed amount a lawsuit in which he was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl supplied to him by financier Jeffrey Epstein.

"I suppose stripping them of their titles would allow them to speak without restrictions, which is fantastic as far as historical truth is concerned. Our future generations will thank Harry and Meghan for speaking freely, without fear and restrictions!" another commented.

After quitting royal duties in 2020, Prince Harry and Markle have had nothing but kind words to say about Queen Elizabeth, with the duchess telling Winfrey last year that the monarch has been "wonderful" to her.

In April, Prince Harry told the BBC that they had a "great" time with the Queen when he and his wife visited his grandmother in the U.K. before heading to the Netherlands for the 2022 Invictus Games.

After they stepped back from their roles as working royals, the Queen said Prince Harry and Markle "will always be much-loved members of the family," according to Vanity Fair.

She also invited them to her Platinum Jubilee celebration in June. The couple reportedly brought their kids Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, to the Queen's residence to see their great-grandmother at the time.

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