Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have to ‘Raise Their Game’ Next Year
This year has been an eventful one for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was the first full year for Duchess Meghan as a royal, and the couple also welcomed their son Archie back in May.
While it seems like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were quite busy in 2019, it looks like they will have to step up even more in 2020. This has to do with what has been happening in the royal family recently. Read on below to find out why royal experts believe that next year is a crucial one for Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry.
Prince Andrew recently stepped down from royal duties
Last month, a big change happened in the royal family when Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, announced that he was stepping down from royal duties.
Prince Andrew, who was friends with the controversial Jeffrey Epstein, has been accused of having sexual relations with a minor. Although the prince denies these allegations, his public image continues to get worse and worse.
As such, Prince Andrew decided it was best to not take on royal duties anymore. In his statement, he noted that the scandal “has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.”
It has also been said that Queen Elizabeth forced her son to leave his office in Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth is looking to retire in the near future
Prince Andrew is not the only person who is moving away from royal work. Queen Elizabeth, herself, will be lightening her workload as well.
The queen is allegedly looking to retire when she is 95 years old. Since she is 93 now, this won’t happen until 2021.
However, in preparation for everything, Queen Elizabeth has been handing over a lot of her duties to other royals. For example, Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne, has been attending many events in the queen’s place. Meanwhile, other royals have been given some of Queen Elizabeth’s charity patronages.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have to take on more work
With Prince Andrew giving up his royal duties and Queen Elizabeth lightening her workload, it’s clear that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry cannot afford to spend 2020 lazing around.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter noted that “2020 is going to get a lot busier” for every working royal. Arbiter added that the next is “a big year of adjustment, change and adapting with the Queen getting older, so everyone needs to start raising the game a little bit.”
Since Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth are patrons of hundreds of organizations more than the younger royals, taking on their workload will definitely not be an easy task.
Arbiter believes that, unfortunately, a number of these patronages will be dropped by the royal family, especially since the younger royals usually opt for having fewer patronages in order to be “more focused and hands-on” with their organizations.
Kate Middleton and Prince William will have to be busier as well
Of course, Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will also have to increase their workload alongside Markle and Prince Harry.
“Kate is quite fortunate she had their children when she did, because she’s been able to be hands-on with them,” Arbiter said. “But the schedule needs to start building now, as she offers her support to the Queen as well.”
Both Duchess Kate and Prince William have been criticized in the past for not working hard enough as royals. However, it’s clear that 2020 might be the year where the Cambridges will be pushed to take on more engagements and dedicate more time to their royal duties.