MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s latest appeals to the public and claims made by sources close to the Sussexes are “deeply destructive” and echo one of the most difficult moments in the modern history of the Royal Family, one royal expert warned.
Meghan and Prince Harry have voiced their worries and struggle in an ITV documentary aired in October. In Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the Duke of Sussex spoke of his fears over a “repeat of the past” and the Duchess gave a heartfelt interview where she revealed she struggled to cope with the pressure of being under the public scrutiny as a newlywed and new mother.
Harry even briefly addressed the chances for his family to move abroad, before ruling out Cape Town as a possible destination for its security issues.
Similar declarations, which sparked “concern” and criticism among royal fans, commentators and, according to a BBC source, even Prince William, have been branded “deeply destructive” by royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.
He told the Daily Star Online: “It was highly unwise to give interviews of this sort which, whatever their appeal to Millennials, has led to ‘concern’ being expressed for Harry and Meghan appearing ‘fragile’ by sources close to William and has led to a source close to the Sussexes talking about Harry and Meghan ‘singlehandedly modernising the royal family’.
“This is deeply destructive and has echoes of the 1990s.
“If they stay I hope they absorb the fall out from this and, during their six-week rest, plan a future where their undoubted talents are used constructively!”
Mr Fitzwilliams also believes going through their plans of leaving the UK to escape the relentless media scrutiny would not be beneficial to Meghan and Harry’s work as activists.
In fact, the expert continued, quitting the Royal Family or moving too far from it could shatter their global reach.
The expert continued: ”It is perfectly true that in the documentary An African Journey, Harry and Meghan appeared most unhappy and pressurised in their roles as senior royals.
“For months there has been speculation that they might decide to be based abroad for at least part of the year.
“We know of their love for Africa and obviously the United States has been mentioned.
“To actually alter their roles in this way would be a seismic step.
“They are deeply committed activists with a global reach and a huge fan base, especially online, for their work for female empowerment, mental illness, the environment and gender equality.
“They can only do this effectively as senior royals.
“Also there is the matter, in time, of Archie’s upbringing.
“Their base at Frogmore Cottage is taxpayer-funded costing £2.4 million so far.
“To relocate abroad they would need a base, a purpose and the consent of the country involved.
“The security costs would be enormous. Harry touched on this in the documentary mentioning Cape Town as a possibility but discarded it.”
When he mentions the “echoes” of the 1990s, Mr Fitzwilliams refers to a key decade for the royals, when Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s marriage broke down.
Similarly to Harry and Meghan, the late Princess of Wales opened up on her feelings in a bombshell Panorama interview in 1995.
Two years earlier, Diana also made several revelations on her relationship with the Prince of Wales.
After the royals’ divorce, Diana was also thinking to move abroad, in Pakistan, the homeland of her then-boyfriend surgeon Hasnat Khan.