Prince William and Kate Middleton Are on ‘Shaky Ground’ as Monarchy Gets Overshadowed by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Critic Says

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018, there have been reports of the couple overshadowing other members of the royal family. Despite the fact that the pair stepped down as senior royals in 2020, they still garner a lot of attention for their activities.

According to a royal expert, Prince William and Kate Middleton could be on “shaky ground” when their recent activity did not get as much press coverage as Harry and Meghan’s.

Prince William and Kate Middleton wearing dark outfits while walking and looking toward the left side of the camera. Meghan Markle wearing a white jacket and walking next to and Prince Harry, who is wearing a black jacket
(L) Prince William and Kate Middleton | Karwai Tang/WireImage, (R) Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been getting attention during the Invictus Games

Harry and Meghan recently went to the Netherlands to be a part of the 2022 Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014. 

The couple has been doing a lot of things at the games, including meeting competitors, giving speeches, and talking to the press. Meghan also reportedly had a book reading with kids. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s activities at the Invictus Games have been getting a lot of coverage in the media. For example, Meghan’s fashion is widely talked about, as are the small details the couple has shared about their family.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are on ‘shaky ground,’ critic says

According to royal expert Daniela Elser, the attention Harry and Meghan have been getting could be a bad sign for the monarchy. William and Kate attended an Easter service with their children, and that did not get people talking as much as Harry and Meghan being at the Invictus Games. 

“William and Kate are on increasingly shaky ground here and I’m not sure they entirely know how to play this game. Right now, the Windsors look like they are at sea about how to compete in this new royal arms race,” Elser wrote for News.com.au.

The journalist added, “What seems increasingly clear is that the Cambridges’ program of (genuinely interesting and innovative) good works cannot compete when Harry and Meghan put on the razzle dazzle and dial it all up to 11. Two innately charismatic people, freed of any palace strictures and with the budgetary oomph of Netflix behind them, are always going to prove far more compulsively watchable than two well-meaning, hardworking sorts competently getting on with things.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s recent royal tour received significant backlash

In March, William and Kate traveled to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas for a royal tour. According to press coverage, there was some backlash to the couple’s visit.

For example, before they arrived, some people from a village in Belize put up a protest because their plane would land on the village’s property without the residents’ permission. Afterward, when William and Kate traveled to Jamaica, there were protests calling for the country to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state.

The royal tour also brought up issues such as slavery in Commonwealth countries and reparations. William later took to Twitter to share his thoughts on these issues.

“Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect,” he wrote. “You learn so much. What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities.”

The Duke continued, “I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon. But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.”

William ended his statement by assuring the people of the Commonwealth that he and Kate will be “serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best.”

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