- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left a “charisma vacancy” in the British royal family, according to author Tina Brown.
- Another royal author says it could mean Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be in the spotlight sooner.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children won’t have the same freedom as Prince Harry, according to a royal expert.
Occasionally, Prince William and Kate Middleton offer a glimpse inside their family life. Sometimes it’s a photo celebrating a birthday. Other times it’s a holiday card. Whatever the reason, it almost always includes their children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. According to a royal author, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, could be why the public might see more of the royal kids.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left a ‘charisma vacancy’ when they stepped back from royal life
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traded life as working royals for a stateside existence in 2020. The parents of two now live in Montecito, California.
Harry and Meghan are navigating post-senior royal life. Meanwhile, across the pond, the British royal family is figuring out how to move forward without them. Cele Otnes, the co-author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture, told Express, that there’s a gap that they left.
Otnes explained how history’s repeating itself with what Tina Brown calls a “charisma vacancy” in her book, The Palace Papers.
“There’s a great quote where Tina says one of the big problems with Harry and Meghan leaving the brand is that now there is this ‘charisma vacancy.’ I love that,” she said.
Otnes added the palace should’ve known their departure would create a “charisma vacancy.” Why? Because it happened years earlier with Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. She “clearly filled the charisma vacancy” as a member of the royal family, Otnes explained.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis ‘visuals’ will help fill the ‘charisma vacancy,’ according to a royal author
“So who do we have in the royal family that can help fill a charisma vacancy?” Otnes asked. “What you want is people have to have a personality,” the author shared.
While Charles “has more charisma than people give him credit for,” according to Otnes, “self-pity and a lack of self-confidence” are what “holds him back.” As for Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, Otnes said she isn’t particularly charismatic and “nor does she care.”
Otnes continued, saying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children are an option. That could mean putting George, 8, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4, in the spotlight sooner. “Well, [the way] one that does, not through speech, but through visuals are William and Catherine’s children,” Otnes said.
That could mean more moments like the one in 2019 when Charlotte stuck her tongue out. And, of course, seeing the royal kids at events, in turn leading to more photos of George, Charlotte, and Louis.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s kids won’t have the freedom to make a ‘similar choice’ to Prince Harry
History probably won’t repeat itself with Kate and William’s children. “There is no way that I can see that, at this stage, Charlotte and Louis will have anywhere near the latitude and freedom to ever make a similar choice,” to Harry, royal commentator Daniela Elser wrote in the New Zealand Herald.
They’re the “only possible candidates to step in and help” George, who is third in the line of succession, “carry the burden,” she explained. “Like it or not, all three of the Cambridge children could very well be dragooned into working royal life, whether they fancy the gig or not.”
She continued, saying they’re going to face “intense” pressure to make sure the monarchy survives. So until they officially begin their lives as working royals, photos of George, Charlotte, and Louis may crop up more regularly to fill the “charisma vacancy.”