Meghan Markle Is Being ‘Blamed’ for Prince Harry’s Decisions and Disrespect Toward the Royal Family, Expert Claims
But now an expert is claiming that the former Suits star is being “blamed” for a lot of choices made by her husband.
The Queen decided Meghan and Harry couldn’t have it both ways
Back in January, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were “stepping back from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and would work to become financially independent.”
The idea presented to Queen Elizabeth II is that the couple would split their time between the U.K. and America so they could still carry out their duties but also maintain privacy away from the royal spotlight. However, their half-in-half-out offer was struck down during a royal summit attending by Harry, his grandmother, Prince Charles, and Prince William.
Meghan was not present at the summit and therefore it was Harry who agreed that they would relinquish their duties altogether.
Meghan is being ‘blamed’ for the prince’s choices
The Sussexes were also told they could no longer use their HRH titles after they officially stepped down on March 31. Meghan and Harry haven’t been back in the U.K. since and some of their behavior and decisions have been viewed as against the royal family, which Meghan is taking heat for. Even comments from Harry are taken as something he only says at the urging of the duchess.
Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer doesn’t think that’s entirely fair.
He told The Express that “Meghan has become a catalyst for immense pain throughout Britain and what many see as a move by Harry to merchandise and disrespect the Crown. And that has made people barking mad.”
Schiffer continued, “Meghan is someone who was thirsty for Hollywood fame, who started out on the acting side and has proceeded with this Netflix deal on merchandising on behalf of the halo of royalty. That would not have happened to Harry without [the duchess]. Meghan is absolutely getting blamed in part for Harry’s choices.”
Harry wanted out of the royal family before he met the duchess
While some thought all along that stepping back from royal life was Meghan’s doing, it should be noted that Harry wasn’t always comfortable with his royal status and contemplated leaving the Firm in the past.
The Daily Mail reported that in 2017, Harry spoke to biographer Angela Levin about his time in the military. He revealed that those were some of the best times for him because he was accepted as someone other than a royal.
“He said to me that he was the happiest in the army because he was just Captain Wales. He wasn’t Prince Harry,” Levin revealed. “He loved being out in Afghanistan. He was brought back because someone leaked that he was there and it became too dangerous for him and the soldiers.”
Harry confessed that he even considered quitting royal life at that time stating, “I wasn’t a prince, I was just Harry. I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself.”