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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's third wedding anniversary has today been upstaged by Princess Beatrice's pregnancy announcement – plus the news half of Brits think the couple should be stripped of their royal titles.
As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate their marriage at their £11million California mansion today, pollsters YouGov found a growing sense of resentment towards the couple with 44% voting against their monikers.
And after the couple have jointly been accused of stealing their fellow royals' thunder on a number of occasions, experts say it's no coincidence that Princess Beatrice chose today to make her big announcement.
The 32-year-old and her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting first child this autumn. The Queen has been informed and both families are said to be 'delighted' by the news.
The baby will be the second grandchild for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and will be 11th in line to the throne – being born shortly after Harry and Meghan's daughter.
It has been widely reported that Harry and Meghan told his family that she was expecting their first child at Eugenie’s 2018 wedding.
The move “did not go down particularly well with Eugenie, who a source said told friends she felt the couple should have waited to share the news,” according to last year’s biography of the Sussexes, Finding Freedom.
Royal experts say that Buckingham Palace's decision to announce Beatrice's pregnancy on the same day as Harry and Meghan's third wedding anniversary suggests that they are now 'irrelevant'.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe tells OK!: "It's a bizarre decision by the palace to have a clash as the royal diary is meticulously planned out and births, deaths and marriages have a lot of consideration and planning with the announcements. Palace officials will take into consideration the news and what is being talked about.
"This is no mistake. The fact that they decided to announced Princess Beatrice's baby news on the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's anniversary seems to say something. I'm not saying it's the palace waging a war but it seems to show that the couple are certainly irrelevant to them in terms of diary clashes."
Meanwhile, Prince Harry is facing a backlash in his adopted home of the US after criticising the country's historic First Amendment as "bonkers".
Described as one of America's most cherished founding principles, the constitutional amendment prevents the government from making laws which regulate religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the right to petition and the freedom of the press.
Harry has in recent years become a fierce critic of the press, as well as social media companies.
But he has in turn been criticised for taking to task only those in the media who call him and Meghan to account, while simultaneously signing deals with the likes of Netflix and Spotify.
Now his comments on actor Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast have attracted uncomfortable attention.
At the same time, Meghan became the butt of the joke on Aussie comedy show Have You Been Paying Attention? earlier this week.
The former actor was mocked by comedians Sam Pang and Tim McDonald after quizmaster Tom Gleisner asked the panel to name the first TV show Meghan appeared on following her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Have You Been Paying Attention? is the most popular panel show Down Under, and is considered Australia's answer to Britain's Mock the Week.
Tim was first to ring his buzzer, answering: "Was it… Better Homewreckers and Gardens?"
This was in reference to the Aussie show Better Homes and Gardens.
The panel burst into fits of laughter, as host Tom replied in mock disdain: "That is… very unkind. She cops a lot on this show!"
Sam was next to ring his buzzer, giving the tongue-in-cheek answer: "Family Feud."
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