THOUSANDS of Argus readers have responded to a petition demanding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stripped of their titles.

The campaign also asks that Brighton and Hove City Council doesn’t use the term Duke and Duchess of Sussex or invite them to the city.

Since being launched in July, 3,696 people have signed the petition, which means it now goes before the full council for debate on Thursday, December 19.

Its creator Charles Ross will put his case before councillors who then have the opportunity to discuss the proposals.

Responding to an online poll. 2,650 people (51 per cent) said they did not want the titles taken away.

Some 2,013 people (39 per cent) wanted them stripped and a further 536 people (10 per cent) said they did not care.

The petition states: “We the undersigned petition Brighton and Hove Council to reject the usage of the titles ‘Duke of Sussex’ and ‘Duchess of Sussex’ by the individuals Henry (‘Harry’) Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle as morally wrong and disrespectful to the county of East Sussex.

“We call on Brighton and Hove Council to not refer to these individuals by such titles which we believe to be entirely non-democratic and symbolic of the oppression of the general public by the wealthy elite.

“Neither will Brighton Council (sic) invite or entertain these individuals nor afford them any hospitality or courtesies.”