Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Being ‘Beaten at Their Own Game’ by Royal Family, Commentator Says

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made headlines in late September with their trip to New York City when they visited students at a school in Harlem, had a meeting at the United Nations, and spoke during the Global Citizen Live concert. 

A month later, it was Harry’s family’s turn to get in front of the cameras and campaign for causes. Now, a royal journalist is pointing out how the senior royals have done what the Sussexes have been accused of doing numerous times and are “beating them at their own game.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit One World Observatory during NYC trip
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit One World Observatory during NYC trip | Taylor Hill/WireImage

Senior royals attended Glasgow’s COP26 summit

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles have all been out in full force for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, in Glasgow.

In addition to taking part in events supporting COP26’s ambition to agree on coordinated action to tackle climate change, the Prince of Wales spoke about environmental issues at the summit and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge handed out the first-ever Earthshot Prizes. 

A royal commentator is claiming that the family’s strong showing has created an “identity crisis” for the Sussexes.

Boris Johnson, Prince William and Kate Middleton arriving at evening reception on opening day of the COP26
Boris Johnson, Prince William, and Kate Middleton arriving at the evening reception on opening day of the COP26 | Alberto Pezzali – Pool/Getty Images

Prince William, Kate, and others have taken the limelight away from the Sussexes

Royal fans may recall times when the royal family made news and then the Sussexes would do or announce something at the same time in what seemed like they were always trying to steal the headlines and overshadow the royals. But now with the family shining on the world stage, the senior royals are “beating the Sussexes at their own game,” according to a royal journalist.

Camilla Tominey, who is a broadcaster and an associate editor for the Daily Telegraph, believes that Meghan and Harry are trying to stay “relevant” after having the royals take the spotlight and shift focus away from them. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in self-promotional mode which puts them in a problematic situation when it comes to being relevant during Cop26,” Tominey said (per Express). According to her, the prince and former Suits star are “growing their bank balance” while trying to “bolster their image as global change leaders.”

Tominey added: “The royal family [has] some good history when it comes to speaking out on the environment, they have a legacy, starting with the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales who covered environmental matters before they were fashionable.”

Meghan and Harry are ‘sidelined,’ on the ‘outside’ now

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence in Ireland
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending a Summer Party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Ireland | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Tominey opined that because Meghan and Harry are on the “sidelines” of the summit it’s impossible for them to have an impact from 5,000 miles away.

She said: “When you come down to business and the business of royalty, actually they’re now outside the tent. It’s so difficult for them to compete with a global summit with high level political and royal presence. It’s outside of this main scene and therefore it’s going to have less potency.”

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