Fans Think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Should Listen to Their PR Experts More

It is no secret that most famous people have a team of public relations experts managing their image, and royals are no different. In fact, since royals often cannot talk to the press themselves, the work of their PR team is even more significant in helping them craft a public persona.

However, despite having experienced PR people around them, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still receive a lot of public criticism. Some fans now believe that this is because the couple does not listen to their PR experts as often as they should.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been dealing with a lot of negative press

Ever since Meghan and Harry’s relationship became public in 2016, Meghan has been at odds with the British press. She constantly received negative coverage, with a fair amount of it being reportedly due to racism and sexism.

Even after Meghan and Harry married in 2018, things did not get better for the couple. They have repeatedly been criticized for a number of their actions, including taking private jets, spending taxpayers’ money on clothes and home renovations, and making their son’s birth and christening extremely private.

Fans think Harry and Meghan don’t listen to their PR experts enough

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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After the release of Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, a biography which aims to tell Harry and Meghan’s side of the story, fans are now beginning to think the couple’s PR mishaps could have been prevented had they listened to the experts around them. In the book, there were a few instances in which Harry and Meghan clashed with their royal aides and chose to ignore other people’s advice.

“I think H&M are feeling self righteous indignation that they’ve been wronged and if they don’t agree with an expert, they move on,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “They are so sure of their (mostly) self-conceived victimization that they feel they need to be heard.”

Meanwhile, another person agreed, writing, “[Finding Freedom] basically confirms your comments about H&M moving on if they disagree with an aide or expert giving them advice. Harry was told not to take the private jet back to England from the Google summit and he did anyway. It’s mind blowing that they think they always know best. They may know what’s best for them personally, but they don’t always know best when it comes to heir public image.”

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On the other end of the spectrum, fans believe Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have listened to advice from their aides, and this is paying off for the couple. Unlike Harry and Meghan, William and Kate continue to receive high approval ratings from the public. Additionally, they do not often find themselves in PR messes.

However, some fans have also noted the negative coverage of Harry and Meghan could be doing William and Kate a favor.

“I think W&K are doing a great job, but also benefiting from the terrible job H&M are doing,” a fan said on Reddit. “If there only W&K to write about, the press would be pushing for more. But now it‘s, W&K do an event, release a photo, squee squee nice, is that dress a rewear, who did her highlights And then, Meghan and Harry are douching it up with another press release! “