Meghan and Harry sparked backlash in US with royal exit: ‘Should have included Queen’

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Almost a year has passed since Meghan and Harry left the Royal Family. Soon dubbed Megxit, the pair said they desired a private life over a role within the Firm. Shortly after announcing the break-up on social media they moved to Canada.

While the couple cited privacy, others noted an exasperation with claims they were being pushed out of the family as the true reason for their departure.

Many applauded Meghan and Harry’s landmark move, yet some recoiled at the way in which they made the announcement, which appeared to break the very foundation on which royal protocol sits.

This was especially true in the US, where the Royal Family has a loyal supporter base.

Speaking shortly after Megxit, CNBC co-founder, and media CEO Bridget Baker commented that the pair’s actions had not been fair on the rest of the family.

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She said: “It could have been handled way better.

“Setting aside the substance of the announcement, the approach was weak and manipulative.

“It smacks of leveraging their [hand emoji] (i.e. clout) unnecessarily.”

She noted that events would have taken a completely different turn if Meghan and Harry had announced the news in the way they did on social media in front of some of the Firm’s most senior members.

She said: “Imagine how different it would have played if Harry had said the exact same things standing with his brother and father and maybe his gran.”

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Mr Myers said: “This is the whole thing; it’s all about the way this has been handled.

“There is a breakdown of a family relationship here.

“This, for me, is a really sad state of affairs and I do worry about who they are taking advice from.

“I do think it could work, as a progressive role – certainly Charles and William have discussed having a slimmed-down monarchy.

“Harry’s no fool, he knew that this would happen.

“But, what’s the rush? Even if they thought that they wanted to get ahead of the curve, they didn’t need to do it in this way.

“It shows you, at the core, the huge breakdown of relationships here, which is very, very sad.”

In an Instagram post on January 8, 2020, Meghan and Harry’s official ‘SussexRoyal’ account broke the news of the move.


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To its millions of followers, a statement said: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.

“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.

“Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

The pair went on to hire PR professionals to help them carve out their own image in the world, separate to that of the Royal Family.

US strategist Sara Latham and American PR firm Sunshine Sachs were quickly recruited.

Mr Myers took issue with this, and said: “They’re certainly being advised by people who have zero understanding of how the Royal Family has worked previously.

“Arguably, that is potentially refreshing, they want these progressive roles.

“I’m not totally against that, they need some breathing space.

“But what this boils down to, is a breakdown of a family relationship.”

More recently, Meghan and Harry have taken further steps towards a private life and deleted their social media accounts.

Reports earlier this month suggested they had no plans to return to the platforms to promote future projects.

This was more nearly a year since they ceased use of their popular joint Instagram account, racking up more than 10 million followers.

Meghan and Harry have recently set up the Archewell Foundation – a nod to their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The organisation is a non-profit aimed at “driving cultural change” and putting “compassion into action”.

But according to The Sunday Times, they will not use social media to push its message.

It is understood that the pair had had enough of being on the receiving end of “online bullying”.

Meghan previously claimed she had been told she was 2019’s “most trolled person in the entire world – male or female”.

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