Harry and Meghan ‘absolutely cannot be on that balcony’
Since stepping down from their royal duties, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have carved out careers away from the British monarchy. As well as launching their non-profit organisation Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have pursued commercial ventures, including Netflix series’, a Spotify podcast, and multiple book deals. While their royal status remains, with their formal titles reflecting the roles they once held, the couple is drifting further from the institution and into the celebrity world. Now, royal author Alexander Larman has claimed that Harry and Meghan face a future of lessening fame as their association with the Royal Family weakens.
Mr Larman, who penned the recent book, The Windsors at War, was a guest on this week’s episode of the Royally Us podcast.
He said: “The trouble is that when you stop being a member of the Royal Family, what do you have going for you instead? You’re a celebrity, which is great, but you’re a celebrity based on something that used to be. That’s quite difficult in terms of sustaining a long-term fate.”
In December 2022, the Duke and Duchess’s grievances were again thrust into the spotlight following the release of their six-part Netflix documentary series, Harry & Meghan.
It marked the beginning of several weeks of accusations and revelations as, soon after, the Duke published his tell-all memoir Spare and sat down for multiple media interviews, delving into his fractured relationship with the Firm.
Most recently, Harry accused the Royal Family of withholding information regarding privacy breaches, including phone hacking, allegedly carried out by Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the publishers of the Daily Mail.
In a statement, the Duke said: “The Institution made it clear that we did not need to know anything about phone hacking, and it was made clear to me that the Royal Family did not sit in the witness box because that could open up a can of worms.”
It came as the Prince returned to the UK for the first time in September to attend a preliminary hearing in his privacy case at the High Court.
Several commentators have noted the Sussexes’ continued attacks on the Royal Family, with one claiming the association with the Firm has “become their sole brand”.
Kinsey Schofield, host of the To Di For Daily podcast, discussed the widespread question of whether the Duke and Duchess will attend the Coronation of King Charles III, due to take place on May 6.
While Harry and Meghan confirmed they had received “email correspondence” from His Majesty regarding the Coronation, they did not reveal whether they have chosen to accept or decline the invitation.
Ms Schofield, however, claimed the couple will be itching to show their faces at Westminster Abbey, telling GB News this week: “I think that they are both going to come because Meghan wants that tiara moment. It has been a long time since she got to wear something sparkly and they need to remind the world that they are associated with the Royal Family. Because as you know, that is their businesses, that has become their sole brand.”
Since the publication of Spare, Harry and Meghan have faced intense criticism from multiple quarters, and polls have suggested the couple’s popularity is plummeting.
In February, the Duke and Duchess became the inspiration for an episode of South Park, which focused on the ‘Prince and Princess of Canada’ as they embarked on a ‘Worldwide Privacy Tour’.
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While neither Harry nor Meghan was mentioned in the satirical show, the main characters had an uncanny resemblance to the couple, and the character, the Prince of Canada, had recently published a memoir titled ‘Waaagh’.
For royal expert Neal Sean, the show proved how far the Sussexes had fallen since stepping down from royal duties three years ago.
Writing for Fox News, he said: “Harry and Meghan should and will be very concerned about their celebrity status in America. After being royally laughed at by the satirical cartoon, it shows really how far they have fallen.”
Mr Sean added: “The duo are very unhappy with this, I am told via a good source, and again one wonders why.”
However, others have claimed the couple are happy with their new lives, despite the scrutiny.
Fashion expert Miranda Holder suggested Harry’s recent sartorial choices have indicated that he is “relaxing a little bit,” a good sign he is happy.
Speaking to Express.co.uk about how the Prince’s outfits have changed since he moved to the US, Ms Holder said: “He’s not doing [royal] appointments. Sure, he has business meetings and things, but it is perfectly acceptable to do many business meetings in the US in jeans, an open-neck shirt or even a polo shirt,” adding that Harry has “become more laid back” as a result of stepping away from public duties.
She said: “He’s still smart, I still think Harry generally dresses very well, but it’s less formal. It’s less rigid. Even if he does wear a suit, he’s popped back and unbuttoned.”
“He’s relaxing a little bit, which is lovely to see,” she continued. “You know, if everything is true with the documentary, etc, they’ve had a really tough time. Personally, I just want everyone to be happy, so I hope this is a good sign that he is happy.”
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