Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘Impact’ Did Not End With Their Departure From the Royal Family

Royal experts are convinced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s influence has not waned following their exit from the royal family. Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stopped being active members of the monarchy in March, yet they continue to have an impact on the family’s operations. And Meghan’s latest move proves that they still have considerable influence on the future policies of the royal family.

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Meghan and Harry have been keeping a low-profile in their new home in Los Angeles, where they have been in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. But Meghan recently broke her silence to talk to the graduating class at Immaculate Heart, her former high school.

In her speech, which was recorded and played as a video to the students, Meghan recalled growing up in LA during the 1992 riots.

The Duchess of Sussex apologized to the students for the fact that they had to “grow up in a world” where racism is still an issue. She then encouraged her listeners to make their voices matter by voting in elections.

Meghan also admitted that she almost did not release the video because she feared that people would have “picked it apart.” But at the end of the day, she came to the conclusion that the wrong move would have been to remain silent.

Meghan received a lot of positive praise for speaking out in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement, something that may not have been possible if she were still an active member of the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold meetings about Black Lives Matter

Outside of making headlines, Meghan’s speech was well received by the students at Immaculate Heart. Many members of the graduating class thanked the Duchess on social media following the video, and more than a few said they were moved to tears by her heartfelt speech.

In light of the warm reception, it looks like Meghan and Harry are taking their involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement a step further.

According to Town and Country, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have met with community leaders in LA and are exploring what they can do to help the movement. A source says that the couple has not committed to any projects yet and are still learning about what they can do to help.

“They are holding calls with community leaders and organizations but are doing that privately as they continue to see how they can play a role. But they also want to learn and talk about it like the rest of us,” a source revealed.

Meghan and Harry have not announced any new projects, though they are looking to launch their new charity, Archewell in the coming months.

In the meantime, one royal expert believes that Harry and Meghan’s impact on the royal family did not end when their departure from the monarchy became official at the end of March.

Royal expert believes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still have an impact on the royal family

While Meghan and Harry are clearly making moves behind the scenes, royal expert Marlene Koenig believes the Sussexes still have an influence on the royal family. According to Express, Koenig argued that Meghan’s recent speech proves that the Sussexes still have some measure of influence on the royals.

“The Sussexes may no longer be senior royals, but that does not mean their impact ended with their departure,” Koenig stated.

Koenig pointed out that the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust recently posted a message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Taking to Twitter amid protests across the world, the trust wrote, “Silence is not an option.”

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The comment is very similar to what Meghan said during her speech and indicates that the royals are still being influenced by the couple’s actions.

It is important to note that Queen Elizabeth did not write the message on behalf of the trust. The organization is backed by the royals but operates on its own accord. Even still, Koenig believes that royals likely appreciated the post and support the organization’s stance.

The royals have not commented on the rumors surrounding Meghan and Prince Harry’s recent activities with the Black Lives Matter movement.