‘Very awkward!’ Prince Harry and Meghan accused of establishing ‘rival Royal Family’

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A royal commentator has claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s high-profile appearance in New York is the “first visible example” of the couple emerging as a “rival Royal Family”. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been in the city since Wednesday evening, and will later today participate in the Global Citizen Live concert. The couple stepped down as senior working royals in 2020 in order to pursue a more private life, but have since emerged as leading public figures. 

Speaking to the Palace Confidential podcast, royal commentator Richard Eden claimed: “It’s a very awkward situation.

“This is the first visible example of them doing what I’ve always said they would do and try and establish a rival Royal Family.

“They are the royals across the water and they’re embarking on this royal style engagement to demonstrate that.

“What confuses me why are they wanted there really? I mean it’s an event about publicising fair distribution of vaccines and that sort of thing.”


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping down from their roles as senior working royals. 

Since then, the couple have relocated to California and have established their non-profit foundation Archewell, as well as signing a number of lucrative deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify. 

Their charitable organisation will focus on tackling issues around climate change, mental health and gender equality. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in New York on Wednesday, and have conducted a number of high-profile engagements over the last three days. 

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On Thursday, they joined Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York and Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York State, at the One World Trade Centre. 

They visited the One World Observatory, as well as the 9/11 museum. Meghan and Harry laid a wreath of white roses near the memorial for the North Tower, and spent time at Ground Zero. 

The couple were accompanied by several security guards, as well as a number of NYPD officers and sniffer dogs for the official visit. 

Several journalists and photographers were also invited to the occasion, with a photocall taking place both inside and outside the building. 

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They also attended a meeting with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, and participated in a roundtable discussion with the World Health Organisation. 

On Friday, the Sussexes joined primary school children in Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson, where 94% of the intake are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The couple were helping to promote literacy, with Meghan conducting a reading of her new children’s book The Bench. 

Later this evening, Prince Harry and Meghan will appear at the Global Citizen Live concert, where they are expected to appeal to world leaders to develop a Covid-19 vaccine equity programme. 

During their stay, the Sussexes have stayed at The Carlyle hotel, where members of the Royal Family traditionally stay during visits to New York. 

Their young children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana, have not accompanied the couple, and have remained in California.

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