Royal historian Anne Whitelock said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who quit royal duties last year for a new life in the US, are a “source of stress and uncertainty” for the monarchy. However, Ms Whitelock claimed there is a “turning tide of popular sentiment” against the couple.
Ms Whitelook also questioned whether Harry and Meghan will be able to “retain the kind of international clout” they want now they are no longer working royals.
Ms Whitelock told Express.co.uk: “I think they are a continued headache and a source of stress and uncertainty.
“But on the other hand, I think that there is a sort of turning tide of popular sentiment towards them.
“I think the fact that they seem to have been constantly harping back to their experiences within the Royal Family, although having said they want to step away from the Royal Family, and therefore sort of they want their cake and eat it, I think it’s wearing a bit thin.
“And I think perhaps the reality of their position being essentially their public stature and standing was based on the fact of Prince Harry’s membership of the Royal Family and I’m not sure whether in the longer term without that they’re going to retain the kind of international clout as kind of philanthropists or campaigners that they want to have really.”
The Sussexes quit royal duties in March 2020 for new lives of personal and financial freedom across the pond.
Harry and Meghan have settled into a mansion in Montecito and have welcomed their second child since moving to California.
The couple made a series of explosive claims about the monarchy in their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview in March.
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Their trip included a visit to the United Nations and finished with the pair stepping out on stage at the
Harry and Meghan ended their New York tour by stepping out on stage at the Global Citizen Live concert.
Most recently, the Duchess opened up in a television interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
The former Suits actress appeared on The Ellen Show eight months after her and Harry’s sit-down with Oprah which left the Royal Family in crisis.
Ellen, who lives near the Sussexes in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, asked what Harry loves about California.
Meghan replied: “We’re just happy.”