Fox News Host Says He's 'Sick' of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: 'Britain Should...Become a Real Republic'

Fox News host Steve Hilton declared the British monarchy should be abolished after complaining that he was "sick of the royals."

Hilton's comments came in response to Prince Harry's first public comments since it emerged that he and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will be quitting the royal family.

In a speech in London on Sunday, Harry said he felt "great sadness" about cutting almost all of his and Meghan's ties to royal life but there was "no other option." Harry cited the decision to leave as partly motivated by the media's coverage of his family, calling it a "powerful force."

Hilton reacted to Harry's remarks on his show The Next Revolution, slamming Harry for his attack on the media. "Royals who complain about the media are like sailors who complain about the sea," Hilton said.

He added: "To be completely honest, I'm sick of Harry. I'm sick of Meghan. I'm sick of this story. I'm sick of the royals.

"As far as I'm concerned, when the Queen, who we all love very much, is finished with her reign then Britain should go and stop being a banana republic as it is when we have the royal family and become a real republic."

He added: "Abolish the monarchy. That is my populist take." Fox News has been contacted for additional comment.

It comes after weeks of headlines dominated by Harry and Meghan since the couple announced they wanted to "step back" as senior members of the royal family and split their time between the U.K. and North America.

But following crisis talks with Queen Elizabeth II, it was announced that the Sussexes will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring, will no longer use their HRH titles and will repay the taxpayer funds that were spent on Frogmore Cottage, their home in Berkshire, U.K.

In a statement issued Saturday, the queen said she recognized the "challenges" the couple had faced over the past two years due to "intense scrutiny" and supported their wish for a "more independent life."

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," she said.

Harry opened his speech at a dinner in support of Sentebale, his charity supporting young people with HIV, on Sunday by saying he wanted people "to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share, not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry."

"It brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly," he said.

"I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we're not walking away, and we certainly aren't walking away from you."

Harry added: "Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible.

"I've accepted this knowing that it doesn't change who I am or how committed I am but I hope that helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, makes a speech at a Sentebale event on January 19, 2020, hosted by The Caring Foundation, to raise funds for Sentebale’s work supporting young people affected by HIV in southern Africa, in London, United Kingdom. Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale