Meghan Markle under ‘immense’ pressure as Kate lands major coup in US for birthday

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Daniela Elser highlighted how US magazine People has Kate on its cover this week ahead of her milestone birthday next month. Ms Elser compared the number of appearances the Duchess of Cambridge has had on the front page of the publication in the past year to the Duchess of Sussex.

The headline of Ms Elser’s comment piece for said Kate’s birthday cover puts “immense” pressure on Meghan.

The royal commentator wrote: “Just in case anyone’s counting, this is the Duchess’ fourth-star turn on the front of the glossy entertainment magazine in the last 12 months, including her second solo outing.

“Here’s the kicker: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex? During one of the biggest years of her life including one in which she accused the royal house of institutional racism and ignoring her pleas for help when her mental health suffered, when she welcomed her second child and when she launched her post-Megxit career? Not a single cover of just her.

“(Meghan has appeared twice on covers with Harry, while he has notched up a further two covers without his wife.)

“While the cover of People is hardly the most precise of barometers of public standing and approval, what Kate’s continued appearance, and Meghan’s lack of star billing, casts a less-than-sparkling picture of the Sussexes’ Stateside campaign to establish themselves as dazzling public figures.”

Ms Elser added that next year could “see a renewed Windsor assault on the US”.

She highlighted how Prince William is taking his Earthshot Prize awards across the pond in 2022.

Ms Elser said: “Beyond that, the sustained public interest in the Windsors Stateside would seem to suggest that the American people have not wholesale bought the Sussexes’ version of events.

“The fact that People has slapped Kate on the cover, something they would not do if she would not sell well, points to the Duchess still occupying a relatively positive place in American hearts and minds.”

Meghan and Prince Harry quit as working royals in March 2020.

The couple announced bombshell plans to step back as senior royals two months earlier in January 2020.

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They are pursuing new lives on personal and financial freedom in California where they have set up home.

The pair have a mansion in Montecito where they are living with their two children Archie and Lili.

Harry and Meghan welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana in June.

They stepped out in New York several months later in September for their first joint appearance since their second child’s arrival.

The couple carried out a series of high-profile engagements in the Big Apple which they rounded off by appearing on stage at the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park.

Most recently, the Duchess was seen during a low-key shopping trip in Montecito.

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