Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have made a great deal of money since they struck out independently from the Firm, however one royal expert believes they have paid the price through “credibility”.
Four years ago, on January 8 2024, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping down as full-time working members of the Firm, and later relocated to Montecito in California.
Royal expert and historian Dr Tessa Dunlop told the Mirror that “rash decision-making” has become the “hallmark” of their time since they left the Firm behind.
She said: “It is four years since Harry and Meghan left the Royal Family. So long ago that even the term Megxit feels dated (it always had sexist connotations).
“But for the Sussexes time has flown – three different countries, that Oprah ‘truth’ dump, a baby girl, Spare – that record-breaking book and a couple of landmark court cases, not to mention the world’s most public family fall-out.”
She added: “Rash decision-making has been the hallmark of the last four years. It started impulsively. The world discovered they were stepping aside as senior royals on Instagram before the late Queen was given the heads up.
“And things haven’t improved. The Oprah bonanza (who really profited from that interview?) a Netflix series renowned for its revelations, not its production values (no, I’m not talking about Heart of Invictus), ditto an explosive biography.
“Sure, the couple have made big bucks along the way, but contracts and credibility have been lost.”