The Sussexes have made headlines in recent weeks after commenting on the US election. In a video message, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex both called on American voters to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” in “the most important election of our life”. While not naming the US President, some have claimed this is alluding to Donald Trump. The intervention sparked anger among the public, with many claiming it broke royal protocol of members of the Windsor family not commenting on politics.
But the comments caused a stir among those in the Royal Family, experts have claimed, which may have caused anger for senior figures.
Another moment when the couple caused “hurt” for the Royal Family was after they quit in January, opting to lead a “financially independent life” away from the Firm.
Harry and Meghan revealed they would do this while continuing to fully support Her Majesty, the Queen.
They also said they planned to balance their time between the UK and North America while “continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
This sparked a rift in the Royal Family, as Buckingham Palace released a statement saying that it was “disappointed”.
Meghan and Harry received criticism for their decision from some and support from others – and the crisis also had an effect on the Queen, according to insiders.
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She said: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family remaining a valued part of my family.”
Another source told Vanity Fair in February: “The Queen has been keen to get this resolved because she sees it damaging to the monarchy and on a personal level I think this has been rather hurtful for her.
“She has got to the point where she doesn’t want to think about it anymore, she just wants it over and done with.”
The furore focused on Harry and Meghan, as well as controversy surrounding Prince Andrew has cast doubt over the future of the monarchy.
Some have argued that the move by the Sussexes could accelerate the process of ‘slimming down’ the monarchy, something Prince Charles is said to be in support of.