Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just enjoyed a successful royal tour of Africa and Prince William and Kate Middleton also nailed their Pakistan tour. But who did a better job? It’s a face-off between the two couples who admittedly both had amazing press from their tours — but one is being praised for “sprinkling fairy dust.”
Prince Harry and Markle’s royal tour earned them favorable press
During Prince Harry and Markle’s tour of Africa, they won over even their toughest critics, earning some positive press coverage after a summer of being criticized for their every move.
Harry and Markle took a more casual approach to their appearances along the tour, doing away with royal formalities and instead hugging those they met during the trip and making human connections.
The couple focused on their work but also on the people, plus they brought baby Archie along for one very special appearance, giving their fans and critics something they’ve been hoping for — a long look at their first-born.
Prince William and Middleton’s tour was a success
Prince William and Middleton also enjoyed a successful royal tour and it’s all par for the course for the Cambridges.
Royal expert Penny Junor praised Prince William and Middleton for their impeccable tour of Pakistan in The Sunday Times, calling it the “royal family doing what they do best, going round the world sprinkling fairy dust.”
Junor continued, “They win hearts and minds wherever they go. They totally understand what is required of them. They are there to represent Britain, to represent the Queen — to promote Britain and the royal family around the world as a benign, caring and responsible nation.”
During their visit they attended a number of engagements and at their first stop, to a government-run school in Islamabad, one of the students told William the students are “big fans of your mother.”
He responded: “Oh that’s very sweet of you. I was a big fan of my mother too. She came here three times. This is my first time and it is very nice to be here and meet you all.”
The brothers followed in their mother’s footsteps
Of course, both of the brothers followed in their late mother’s footsteps during their respective tours. Prince William visited the Badshahi Mosque and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, while Prince Harry visited a de-mining field in Angola and retraced Diana’s footsteps along a street that was once a dangerous minefield path.
Prince Harry said of the experience: “It has been emotional retracing my mother’s steps along this street 22 years on, and to see the transformation that has taken place, from an unsafe and desolate place into a vibrant community of local businesses and colleges.”
Did Prince Harry and Markle’s documentary undo their favorable coverage?
While it would be hard to name a clear winner in comparing the Cambridges’ and Sussexes’ royal tours, it seems Prince Harry and Markle took a step back in some experts’ eyes. First, they announced they’d be suing a tabloid and then they spoke of their struggles in the spotlight in their documentary from the trip.
In the ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry and Markle each gave an emotional interview about the toll that the media scrutiny takes on them, but some believed it tarnished the good press they had gotten from the trip.
PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Guardian that their documentary broke the royal rule of “never complain, never explain,” explaining, “You should just say, ‘that’s off limits’. But he made a story.” Borkowski called the documentary a “complete and utter disaster.”