At one point, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were among the most popular members of the royal family. Prince Harry, who had long been a favorite of the British public, had seemingly found his one true love in Meghan, an actress and a charity activist.
However, it didn’t take long before the public and press’s relationship with the couple to turn very sour. From negative tabloid headlines about Meghan’s relationship with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge to reports that Prince Harry had shunned his older brother, Prince William, it seemed as though nothing that the couple did was good enough.
Still, there have been several instances of Meghan and Prince Harry acting thoughtlessly, and according to a recent report, such behavior is only likely to continue.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received criticism for being hypocrites
It’s no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan share a love for charitable causes and for doing good in the world. They have committed a lot of time and effort to different organizations. The two have a particular passion for environmental activism and over the years, both of them have spoken out again and again about different ways to reduce the carbon footprint and leave a better world for the next generation.
Still, their activism isn’t always so clear-cut. In the summer of 2019, after speaking out at several conventions about global warming and environmental causes, Prince Harry raised eyebrows when he admitted to flying on private jets from time to time. Flying private is known to be much worse for the planet than flying commercial, and Prince Harry was immediately slammed with accusations of being a hypocrite.
In fact, many critics claimed that he had lost credibility entirely. What’s worse, he didn’t seem remorseful for the snafu.
Not long after his private jet controversy, Prince Harry earned even more criticism when he admitted to feuding with his brother, Prince William, in a widely-publicized interview. In the same interview, Meghan hinted that she wasn’t receiving any support from the royal family. Far from creating sympathy for their plight, the interview only made most people dislike them even more.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly too ‘self-centered’
In early spring, to the surprise of many, Prince Harry and Meghan abruptly moved to Los Angeles. Reportedly, they wanted to live close to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, while they plan out their next career phase.
Still, a royal family expert and Prince Harry biographer Angela Levin recently stated that the move has done nothing to endear them back to the public. She claims that their behavior has become “increasingly self-centered” and that their decision to move to California, away from Prince Harry’s family, “smacks more of spoilt defiant teenagers than adults in their mid and late-thirties.”
Prince Harry has also received criticism from those who believe that he should be helping out his family in England, rather than retreating to another country. After all, the royal family is going through a lot in the wake of Prince Charles’ coronavirus diagnosis and Prince Andrew’s recent scandal.
The couple’s decision to live in Los Angeles is also proof to many that while they may want the celebrity lifestyle, including spending time with A-listers and attending fashionable parties, they don’t want the paparazzi pressure that goes along with it.
What’s next for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry?
While some reports claim that Prince Harry is in frequent communication with his family and speaks to them on the phone regularly, close friends of the couple have spoken out to say that Prince Harry is facing a lot of challenges living in the United States. Between being away from his family and the culture shock of living in a new place, he could end up cracking before too long. Whether or not his struggles buy him more sympathy from a fed-up public remains to be seen.