Meghan and Harry 'putting attention on themselves' says Cohen
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Former US Anglo-American adviser and senior fellow of the Bow Group think tank Lee Cohen told Express.co.uk he believes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have completely missed the point of being royals and have thrown away the key tenet of being one. Mr Cohen explained there were portions of the American population who relate to the “victimhood mentality” espoused by the Sussexes – hence their stronger support in the US. But Mr Cohen said this will only get the couple so far and claimed they were lucky in a way that American audiences were not familiar with how the Royal Family should behave.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Cohen was asked if he believes the American public relate to the grievance of Harry and Meghan with the backdrop of the pandemic.
He said: “I think that there are segments of the population with whom this resounds quite soundly.
“And who are already disposed to this kind of victimhood mentality that the Sussexes seem to be espoused.
“I also think that one of the problems is that most Americans don’t really have the background to understand what the British monarchy is all about.
“And why this opening up of all these private things is really anathema to the institution of monarchy.
“The institution of monarchy, as I understand it and I spend my life writing about the monarchy and studying the monarchy and studying US-UK relationships.
“The monarchy is about how it inspires others, not how the personal lives of the individuals themselves. And that’s completely the flip of what Harry and Meghan are about.”
Prince Edward last year remarked one of the “best pieces of advice” he had ever received from Prince Philip was to “talk about everything else, don’t talk about yourself — nobody’s interested in you.”
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“They’re about focusing attention on themselves, not the nation.
“Not the greater principles of cohesiveness that draw the nation together – they’re about how does this benefit me, my popularity, my publicity.”
Mr Cohen also told Express.co.uk he does not believe Harry and Meghan losing their royal titles will do anything to their US popularity.
He said the Sussexes have already derived much of the usefulness from the titles and have begun to create their own brand outside of the Royal Family.
The royal expert said: “I think the Sussexes have already derived much of the PR value from their original status as a royal couple.
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“Now while those titles have not been officially removed, they have been rightfully encouraged by the palace not to use them.
“But for Hollywood fame and for talk show purposes – the horse is already out of the stable.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have launched their own business, Archewell, which has several charitable and media branches.
While appearing to be an umbrella company incorporating many different sectors, the royal couple have secured several lucrative contracts including with Spotify and Netflix.
Prince Harry has also appeared in several interviews where he discussed his time in the Royal Family and attacked other members.
The Duke of Sussex exposed the way he was treated by Prince Charles during his childhood and said it was due to the “childhood trauma” the Prince of Wales experienced from the Queen and Prince Philip.
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