Prince Harry Should Not Be Returned His Military Titles: Poll

Prince Harry should not be given back the military titles taken away by Queen Elizabeth II last week, according to 47 percent of Brits.

The Duke of Sussex lost the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines in a decision announced by Buckingham Palace on Friday.

He was also stripped of the titles Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving for the Royal Navy.

With a decision on Harry's military titles due at the end of a 12-month review, Redfield & Wilton conducted an online survey on behalf of Newsweek last Wednesday, asking 2,500 people whether they thought he should keep the roles.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Trooping the Color
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a horse-drawn carriage during the Trooping the Color ceremony on June 9, 2018, in London. Queen Elizabeth II has taken back three military titles from her grandson, including his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty

Two days before the titles were taken, 47 percent said he should not be given them back. A further 29 percent said they should be returned and 24 percent said they did not know in the poll, which has a 1.96-point margin of error.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty the Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family.

"Following conversations with the Duke, the Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.

"The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of the Royal Family."

Harry also lost his role as president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust and his patronages of the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League.

Meghan lost her role as vice-president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust and her patronages of the Royal National Theatre in London and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: "As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role.

"We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."

Since then, a number of other organizations that the couple work with have confirmed that they are continuing the partnership.

The charity Smart Works posted on Twitter: "We are delighted to confirm that the Duchess of Sussex will remain a patron of Smart Works.

"We are thankful for everything she has done in support of our clients and look forward to working together in the future."