Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been distant from the other members of the royal family since they announced their decision to step back from their senior royal roles in January 2020. Reports have it that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been peacefully and happily living with the former Suits star’s mom, Doria Ragland, in their Montecito home in California.
Since their infamous Megxit, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been committed to numerous charitable endeavors, which include the establishment of their own nonprofit organization called Archewell. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also been making content for online streaming giants Netflix and Spotify after securing lucrative deals with the said companies just months after their departure from the palace.
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Now, a royal expert is accusing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of giving off “virtue signaling” and being “attention-seeking” with their work. Keep on reading to know more details.
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry ‘So Noisy’ About Their Work?
Royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were projecting an image of “virtue signaling and attention-seeking” despite their charity commitments. Talking to Express UK, he stated:
“I think that PR can only go so far in encouraging us to feel a certain way as the public, and it can go quite a way. But ultimately people do see what they actually do, and how they actually work over longer periods. They have a great deal of respect for people like [Camilla] and other members of the family when they see the work ethic.”
Jonathan went on to say that:
“Princess Anne’s the same. People have a lot of respect for her because she sort of gets on and does things in a minimally attention-seeking way. That is to say she’s not attention-seeking ‒ she’s getting on with the job. And I think that’s part of the reason there’s this backlash against Meghan and Harry, for example. They're pursuing what they think is a life of service and compassion, but many people are just watching and thinking, ‘You’re so noisy about it that it doesn’t really feel like that.’ It feels like a life of virtue signaling and attention-seeking and I think that’s the opposite of what the Royal Family [trying] to project as their image.”
Most, if not all, royal followers are aware that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had a tense relationship with the other members of the royal family since their shocking exit more than two years ago. The said rift widened following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s string of interviews wherein they gave claims against the Firm.
The royal expert said:
“Meghan and Harry have decided they are prioritizing their own personal brand and reputation and they are promoting themselves and the causes they hold dear rather than those that the family and the monarchy and the country hold dear. They’re treading as carefully as I suppose they can to try to look like they still have royal tendencies but they are very obviously and clearly running their show according to their rules.”
Jonathan Sacerdoti furthered:
“I think that reflects not just badly on them, but well on those in the family like Camilla, and Kate [Duchess of Cambridge] who aren’t doing that. They are working as part of a finely-oiled machine. They are doing their part for the broader family and monarchy.”
Despite all the disparagements they received, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry continue to receive praises for their charitable and humanitarian causes. In fact, while presenting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the President’s Award, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson shared Meghan and Harry “lead by example” in the pursuit of social justice, saying:
“We're thrilled to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who together have heeded the call to social justice and have joined the struggle for equity both in the US and around the world. Not only do they continue to lead by example, The Duke and Duchess have also decided to inspire the next generation of activists through the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, ensuring the support and recognition of generations of civil rights leaders to come."
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry To Skip Prince Philip’s Memorial?
Meanwhile, other reports suggested that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would likely miss the imminent memorial service of the late Prince Philip in April amid the Duke of Sussex’s security row with the U.K. government. A spokesperson for the Sussexes told Page Six:
“The Duke will not be returning to the UK in late March, but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible.”
To recall, Prince Harry revealed he has challenged a Home Office decision over his security in his homeland. The Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle are expected to return to the U.K. in April to attend the service for the late Prince Philip, who died in April at age 99.
However, with the current happenings, it is very unlikely for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to make a comeback on the service of thanksgiving – scheduled to be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29, over security concerns. Other senior royals, such as Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Andrew, are expected to join Queen Elizabeth during the said royal affair.
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