Royal Watcher Claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Still ‘Cashing in’ on Status Despite Stepping Down

By now most royal fans, and just about everyone else, knows that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have officially stepped down from royal duties and have been residing in California with their son, Archie.

Back on the other side of the pond, some think the couple has been using the status of the family they were so desperate to get away from for their personal gain. Here’s more on what one royal watcher is saying about that.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Meghan and Harry step down and score Netflix deal

In January, the Sussexes announced their decision to step down as senior royals and work to become “financially independent.” However, they moved to America during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and weren’t able to make any money right away. So they were financially supported by Prince Charles until they signed a lucrative deal with Netflix.

Meghan and Harry’s new gig with the streaming giant is reportedly worth around $100 million. After Variety confirmed the deal on Sept. 2, the prince and former Suits star released a statement that read:

Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection. Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.

Sources told The Mirror that royal officials are reviewing the prince and duchess’s Netflix deal.

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images

According to The Express, Queen Elizabeth expects all her family members working and non-working to follow the seven Nolan principles of ethical standards which are: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership. So the work Harry and Meghan produce must stick to those especially since the palace stated that the couple “made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”

Royal watcher says the Sussexes are still ‘cashing in’

One royal watcher has called the Sussexes out for what he believes is an example of how they are still using the very status they claimed they wanted nothing to do with.

Graham Smith is the CEO of Republic which is an organization in favor of abolishing the monarchy and replacing the queen with a democratic, elected head of state. Therefore, he isn’t a royal ally but expressed concerns that Meghan and Harry are misusing the family’s status.

“The fact that they have got this deal, I can’t imagine why Netflix thinks it’s a good idea but good for them,” Smith said via The Express. “The problem is that they haven’t made a clean break. They still want to cash in on their status and on their titles as duke and duchess.”

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

He continued, “Ultimately when they walked away from the royal family at the beginning of the year, they should have said ‘we are going to be private citizens.’ We are going to work for our own money whether that is in media, film, charity work and we will no longer be the duke and duchess or royals and we are just going to go alone. But they are trying to have it both ways… That is not really appropriate.”

Smith also had some questions about Frogmore Cottage, which Harry and Meghan remodeled before moving to America. The Sussexes had to pay back the taxpayer dollars spent refurbishing it.

“Ok so they have now paid for it, they have said they have done so because they can now afford it. They could have always afforded it, so their excuses are a bit rich,” Smith opined, adding, “They are apparently still going to have use of that house, exclusive use of that house. So, we need to know what rent they are paying and why the Crown Estate allows them to retain that property when they are not living in it.”