Why Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton’s ‘Fab Four’ Team Was ‘Impractical’ and Failed, According to Royal Expert

Was the “Fab Four” royal collaboration of Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge doomed from the start? One royal expert believes the idea of a powerful foursome would never succeed because it was so impractical.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton depart Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | PHIL HARRIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The ‘Fab Four’ was an idea that never really took off

In theory, Prince Harry and Meghan and Prince William and Kate joining forces to collaborate on projects seemed like a great idea. In reality, the foursome disbanded after never really getting off the ground.

During the documentary Royals: A Family in Crisis, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained why the Fab Four was a bad idea from the start. He chalked it up to a lack of independence for both the Cambridges and Sussexes.

“The whole idea of the ‘Fab Four’ was completely impractical because if you marry into a family and you live next door to your in-laws and you inhabit the same offices and you use the same charity then there is not very much left for independence,” he explained.

The Fab Four disagreed

During this deep dive into the Fab Four’s failure, footage showed them all at a charity event where they were asked if they have disagreements. Prince William noted, “Oh yes.”

“I think one of the problems with William and Kate and Harry and Meghan is that not only are their futures totally different but also their personalities, as couples are very, very different,” Fitzwilliams shared. “And Harry has certainly changed.”

He added: “And I think that the Queen will have found this something very difficult for her to appreciate.”

The Fab Four reunite during Prince Harry and Meghan’s last engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan returned to the UK to finish out some final last engagements before making their official exit and they reunited with their former Fab Four collaborators. Prince Harry and Meghan joined the entire royal family at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey and all eyes were on the Sussexes and Cambridges to see how they interacted, given the rumors of feuding.

There was very little interaction between the couples, with the Sussexes giving a wave and greeting as the Cambridges took their seats. Body language expert Blanca Cobb shared her thoughts on their appearance together, telling Cosmopolitan the way they acted was very revealing.

“As Meghan waves, she and Harry say ‘hi.’ Kate doesn’t look in their direction but talks briefly to the lady in white [Sophie, Countess of Wessex] who’s seated right behind her,” Cobb noted.

She continued, “As Kate sits down, her face is expressionless,” adding, “the greeting seems lackluster among the four of them, particularly Kate’s lack of acknowledgment.”

“Even though it’s a formal occasion, Kate could have smiled or waved,” she added.

Cobb did point to the bond between Harry and William, even if there is tension between them, noting, “it’s interesting that their underlying brotherly bond is seeping out in their similar seriousness. The family tie is hard to break even in the midst of problems.”