Meghan and Harry are ‘very good advertisement’ says expert
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Meghan and Harry relocated to the US last year after their tumultuous exit from the Royal Family. Following a brief spell in Canada and a few weeks in LA, they put down permanent roots in California — the state where Meghan grew up — and appear to have turned their focus towards their American fans ever since. The pair are no longer working members of the Firm, but have continually used their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, leading to some accusations of monetising their royal links.
They have also positioned themselves on the global stage; Meghan shared a platform with former First Lady Michelle Obama last year to discuss women’s suffrage, and she worked with Harry to produce a national TV message encouraging Americans to vote.
US President Joe Biden even spoke out in support of the Duchess of Sussex praising her “courage” following her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March, which saw the couple release a series of bombshells about the royals.
But, during the US President’s successful trip to the UK last week, he made a point of inviting the Queen to visit him in the White House.
While the 95-year-old rarely undertakes overseas tours these days, she could send other senior royals such as Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in her place, in a bid to strengthen US-UK relations.
According to royal commentator Howard Hodgson, this could lead to yet another clash as the Cambridges would be stepping on the Sussexes’ new turf.
He told Express.co.uk: “The Royal Family are wonderful ambassadors for the UK across the world and nowhere more so than the US.
“Therefore a charm offensive led by either Prince Charles or Prince William could be very helpful.”
But, he noted that “there is a risk here”, because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would potentially be “upstaging” Meghan and Harry.
Mr Hodgson suggested that the Sussexes might subsequently “try and keep the spotlight on them in America” in the event of a Cambridge tour.
The commentator continued: “This could result in an undignified scramble for media coverage and Meghan and Harry might be tempted to make even more headline-grabbing claims against the Royal Family as a result — which would be extremely counter-productive.”
Meghan and Harry have made a series of allegations against the Firm in recent months, including claims that they both felt “trapped” behind Palace walls.
While the Royal Family have remained largely tight-lipped about these jaw-dropping allegations, it’s believed that the Sussexes’ words have only deepened their ongoing rift with the royals.
Kensington Palace declined to comment when approached by Express.co.uk on the possibility of an upcoming US tour with William and Kate.
But, if such a tour does take place soon, it’s worth noting that the Sussexes are taking the next five months off after the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana.
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However, Harry and Meghan did release a statement earlier this year vowing to continue practising public service, regardless of their estranged relationship with the Firm.
When the Palace announced that the pair would be stripped of their patronages and royal appointments — after they confirmed they would not be returning to the monarchy — it explained: “It is not possible to continue with the responsibility and duties that come with a life of public service.”
The Sussexes appeared to take issue with this phrase and released their own statement, which noted: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Meghan and Harry have also enjoyed their freedom away from the strict royal schedule since Megxit, and have been accused of outshining their relatives by making their own announcements around the same time as the Cambridges.
The Duchess of Sussex’s new book, The Bench, was announced shortly before the Duchess of Cambridge’s book, Hold Still, hit the shelves.
The couple’s landmark Oprah Winfrey interview also aired just hours after the Queen’s heartfelt message for the annual Commonwealth Day.
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