Meghan Markle and Harry accused of snubbing Royal Family as they ‘weren’t main event’

Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert on couple’s social media stance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dramatically stepped down as senior royals last March to find their own path in the US. They quickly sought out new projects and signed lucrative multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify. Most recently, they also reportedly gave up social media in order to focus more on their new Archewell Audio project.

But their plans to create podcasts and docuseries has left some royal watchers sceptical about the couple citing the intense media attention and social media backlash as one of the reasons took a step back from their duties in the UK.

Commentator Darren Grimes said going down the reality television route showed the couple did not want more privacy and just wanted to be the “main event”.

He told Express.co.uk: “No objective royal commentator can possibly argue that Harry and Meghan have given up their duties at rainy charity galas and events here in Blighty to pursue a more ‘private life’, moving from the service to their Queen and Country, to instead pander to Wokery in Hollywood as they weren’t the main event and knew they never would be.”

He warned Meghan and Harry risked “turning the Windsors into the Kardashians” with their new Spotify podcast series and Netflix deal ventures.

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Mr Grimes added: “The potential risk for political activists and movements to be offered a platform by the son of the heir to the throne via this Archewell Audio initiative, similar to a channel created by the Obamas, risks exposing the magic of monarchy that sits above politics to protect the integrity of it.

“Sitting above the political fray explains the Royal Family’s popular support across all four constituent parts of our United Kingdom – they are the unifying force of it.

“The institution of the British monarchy is much too important to be harmed by reality telly, Spotify and fake honours.”

Meghan and Harry announced they were closing their Sussex Royal social media Instagram and Twitter accounts as part of their new venture.

In a final post to their account in March, the couple wrote: “As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile.

“Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise.”

Meghan also compared social media users to “people who are addicted to drugs” during a virtual summit appearance for Fortune last year.

She said: “There are very few things in this world where you call the person who’s engaging with it ‘a user’.

“People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users.”

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The former actress also previously spoke about being “the most trolled person in the world” on the Teenager Therapy podcast and added experiencing abuse while pregnant left her feeling “isolated”.

She said: “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female.

“Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible — I was on maternity leave or with a baby … If people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging … That’s so big, you can’t even think of what that feels like.”

The Duke and Duchess may soon be returning to the UK for their royal review with the Queen one year after their bombshell to leave.

Despite finding a new role in the US, Harry is said to be hoping the 12-month review will clear their air after he was devastated to learn he would lose his military titles.

Before he stepped down as a senior royal, Harry held the titles: Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.

But his “lifelong commitment” to the military was ultimately over when he chose to move to the US.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in Finding Freedom: “Harry’s lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.

“During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes; ‘I’m devastated that I am having to step down.’ It was so unnecessary’, Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.”

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