Meghan Markle and Harry ‘daily embarrassment’ says expert
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been pushing the boundaries of their post-royal agreement since leaving the Firm last March. Despite both promising to “continue to uphold the values” of the monarchy, the pair ventured into political spheres when they made several speeches encouraging the US electorate to register to vote. While they did not mention any names or parties, many took their calls for “change” as an implication that US President Donald Trump should be voted out of office.
Mr Trump caused an international storm this week when he called for his supporters to “be wild” on Capitol Hill and protest the “stolen election” following Joe Biden’s victory.
The violence that ensued on the Capitol building stunned the world — leading many to call for Mr Trump to be ousted from office.
Some royal watchers subsequently suspect that Meghan may take this opportunity to speak out against the outgoing President.
Yet, royal commentator Howard Hodgson told Express.co.uk that this could have serious consequences for the Sussexes.
He noted: “Trump’s actions were irresponsible and despicable.”
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Yet, he continued: “That said, it is quite impossible for a member of the Royal Family to comment on political matters either here or in another country.”
The monarchy is expected to be politically neutral so as to represent all of its citizens.
Some reports claimed the Palace was infuriated by the couple’s remarks about voting, too.
Mr Hodgson explained: “Therefore, if [Meghan] does start a political career or even make political comments about yesterday or anything else, she will leave the Queen with no choice but to banish Harry and her from the family to an event greater extent than the Duke of Windsor was subjected to.
“If she really loved Harry in the same way that he apparently does her, then she should surely take this into account.
“However, I fear that she won’t.”
The Duke of Windsor, formerly known as King Edward VIII, famously abdicated in 1936 so he could marry his twice-divorced partner, Wallis Simpson.
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Edward triggered a constitutional crisis and had to live effectively in exile for the rest of his life in France, alongside his wife.
The couple were spurned by the remaining Royal Family out of fury that they had rejected their sense of duty.
No royals attended their wedding, and Edward’s future attempts to gain any royal authority were completely rejected.
Comparisons have subsequently been made with the Sussexes, but it must be noted that Meghan and Harry did not leave the royals on as antagonistic terms as the Windsors.
However, commenting on Mr Trump’s actions could alter this.
Meghan is a US citizen herself, while Harry is not, so may feel less obligated to follow the royal rules of political neutrality.
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Donald Trump during his state visit to the UK in 2019, with the Queen
She has also indicated that she may be interested in launching a political career in the past.
As a child, she even said she had ambitions to become the US President.
The Duchess of Sussex has had an ongoing spat with President Trump, too.
When he was running for presidency in 2016 — and Meghan was still working as an actress rather than a member of the Royal Family — she dubbed the Republican candidate “divisive” and “misogynistic”.
When Mr Trump heard of these comments in 2019, he called them “nasty”.
Meghan dodged the President during his UK state visit that same year as she was on maternity leave — although she had managed to attend Trooping the Colour that same month.
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Upon hearing that Meghan had also been calling for the US electorate to vote for change in the US Presidential election last year, Mr Trump reignited their fallout.
He told the press: “I’m not a fan of hers. And I would say this and she probably has heard that, but I wish a lot of luck to Harry, because he’s going to need it.”
Meghan appeared to respond to this snub, and discussed Mr Trump’s words by saying: “If you look back at anything that I’ve said, it’s really interesting, because what ends up being inflammatory it seems, is people’s interpretation of it.
“But if you listen to what I actually say it’s not controversial.”
She added that there was “danger” in “misinterpretation”.
With this backdrop of animosity between the Duchess of Sussex and the outgoing President, she may be tempted to comment.
However, the couple’s 12-month review of their post-royal life is just around the corner — and the Queen could sever ties with them if the couple take just a step out of line.