Meghan Markle hit the ground running when she joined the royal family. However, Prince Harry's wife only served the monarchy for less than two years. The Duchess of Sussex allegedly felt that the royals needed more of her celebrity status than she needed them.
Meghan Markle Allegedly Has A Desire For 'Star Power'
Royal biographer Tina Brown spoke with host Liam Bartlett on 60 Minutes Australia. During their conversation, he asked Brown about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tour of Australia in 2018 after their royal wedding.
"You write about the 2018 tour of Australia by Meghan and Harry, sort of a seminal moment for them when Meghan thought that the Royal Family needed her celebrity, more than she needed them," the host told Brown, Express reported.
Brown admitted that the Sussexes' successful Australia tour "puzzled the royal household tremendously." Apparently, the trip was "a wild success," and it was "more successful than Kate and William's in terms of crowd and the adulation."
"She [Meghan] wanted to be able to talk about the causes that she cared about as her, as opposed to being a representative figure in the monarchy," the expert added. "There was a real sense of disappointment when she came home that somehow she was a star beyond, you know, anything one had seen before, except for Diana, really, on this tour."
Brown continued, "I guess, it was the star power essentially that she felt now was bigger than what she was allowed to do in the monarchy."
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Urged To Stick With Royal Family To Be Relevant
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the royal family in 2020. However, following their departure, the royal couple's popularity also dropped.
Although many still adored them, their royal ties proved to be not a guarantee in their business deals in the United States. In fact, the duchess was among those who suffered the blow when Netflix decided to cancel some shows to costs. Markle's animated-show Pearl was among the programs removed.
Royal author Ian Lloyd advised the Sussexes to keep their tie with the royals because it contributes to their popularity. He even put Prince Harry as an example.
"Why is Harry a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II," Lloyd told Express, per Geo.Tv. "If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince."
He added that it was a "shame" because Prince Harry is "in danger of evaporating."
Veteran broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby echoed the same opinion. According to him, Markle led her husband by the nose, but they were entering a sort of vortex where they would become "less and less significant as a couple" as they got older.
"The celebrity on which they trade will become less valuable," Dimbleby said, Daily Mail reported.
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