Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by a democratic, elected head of state. The organisation’s CEO, Graham Smith, told Express.co.uk the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will struggle to keep people interested in them as their “claim to fame” of being in the Royal Family begins to wane.
Mr Smith said: “I think Meghan and Harry are very clearly desperate to stay in the spotlight.
“They want to do it on their own terms, in their own way.
“The problem is that their only claim to fame is having been royals.
“Because they walked away from that the interest in them is going to wane over the next few years.
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“They are going to struggle to keep people interested because they really don’t have anything to offer.”
However, Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have plenty to offer.
The royal commentator said in response to Republic’s comments: “This is seeing Harry and Meghan from a parochial point of view.
“They are concentrating on a future in America whilst keeping some British patronages and a Commonwealth role.
He added: “Harry will support her and continue his role with Invictus and charitable work in areas such as mental health, when the pandemic permits.
“Perhaps in the future she may go into politics, who knows.
“Where I disagree fundamentally is that interest in them will wane, it certainly won’t globally or in the United States.
“As Graham admits, it is because they are royal that there is the fascination in the first place, we know how they detest media intrusion but it is there because readers are interested.
“They have global reach and this will continue.”