Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Exit Came in Effect from March 31 and Their Future already looks Bleak
On 19 May 2018, the world had its eyes set on St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – Britain’s Prince Harry was about to wed Meghan Markle, an American divorcee actor.
Heads Up! With Megxit, Harry and Meghan’s fairy tale is already showing cracks
- The Bitter-Sweet Royal Route
- Warning Signs from History
- Beginning of the Crisis
- The Financial Cracks
- The Royal Approach
It was a sight Walt Disney could not have sketched himself.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle presented the world with a new-age fairy tale. Last time when the world was watching such curiosity was in 1981 – heir to the British throne Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding.
The Bitter-Sweet Royal Route
‘I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being queen of this country,’ Princess Diana said in a tell-all interview. The tell-all, Andrew Morton interview brought to light her struggle with Bulimia and the hypocrisy of royal living in England. She was deemed as Diana, Peoples’ Princess!
Performing her royal duties she was picture perfect and transparent. She was sad you’ll know she was sad, happy then you know happy. She’d bend down to look eye to eye with children and walk across the war mines to raise awareness.
Princess of Wales was the perfect example of an outsider coming into the royal family. She was free-spirited, opinionated and elegant.
And she was the fodder for British Tabloids from right before her marriage with Charles till her last breath.
The story of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is a bitter example that all fairy tales don’t end in happily ever after.
A Warning From History
Right from the start, the news of Meghan Markle dating Prince Harry and the media gossip goes hand in hand. The media has faithfully and mercilessly dissected every aspect of their relationship.
Right from Markle’s lifestyle, ambitious career drive to her royal tiffs – all were served with a pinch of biracial spice. A parallel is usually drawn between how Princess Diana had expressed her wish to live a post royal life and Harry and Meghan’s chosen path.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as ‘senior royal’ to pursue a ‘financially independent progressive role,’ or the royal exit, is dubbed as Megxit by the media.
Last time a royal created a constitutional crisis like this was the abdication of the throne by Britain’s King Edward VIII. He too was in pursuit of love of an American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson.
At the beginning of 2020, Harry and Meghan created their own crisis with the exit announcement. The couple came to the decision after being harassed by the media. Prince Harry said in ITV’s documentary, An Africa Journey, “I lost my mother, and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Beginning of the Crisis
There were faults in Harry and Meghan’s Megxit plan since the beginning. With work and visa issues, the cracks have barely begun to show. In effect to the change in their status, neither Canadian nor US government is obliged to pay for their personal security.
The couple planned to stay between the two geographies. The day Meghan and Harry stepped into the US, President Donald Trump had his own welcome Tweet ready for the couple.
Between their announcement in January to March, the face of the globe has changed a lot. Coronavirus the global pandemic has engulfed the planet.
With Meghan Markle’s American citizenship its harder for her to work worldwide and pay taxes. Whereas Harry has his own visa issues while living and working in the US.
Cracking Financial Model
The couples financial model is also being scrutinized. Duke and Duchess of Sussex were able to monetize Prince Harry’s mental health issue through JP Morgan address and an Apple TV documentary with Oprah Winfrey.
Reportedly, Harry and Meghan have been offered a $ 1.2 million for a Dianaesque tell-all interview.
Meghan is back to her Hollywood gigs with Disneynature’s Elephant movie and is reportedly looking for more work. It would be harder for the self-made actor to make people look beyond her royal status. Discouraging Hollywood producers and Studios from signing her.
The couple also tried to trademark Sussex Royal brand. But when royals came together at the Sandringham summit to resolve the constitutional crisis that the couple created – Harry and Meghan were denied more than just their HRH title.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex are forbidden from performing any royal duties; they will not represent the Commonwealth; they can’t use the term royal on anything they were selling or branding and their Buckingham palace office will be closed.
So while Harry and Meghan are successful in getting out of the Royal Rota they lost an essential branding and selling point too.
The Royal Approach
In 1936, when King Edward abdicated he announced it to the government on and was, on his way to Austria three days later. He wasn’t making JP Morgan addresses or trademarking pencils.
In Diana’s world, she still believed in certain ideals up fronting dignity and duty. The reason, why she’s the Queen of people’s hearts!
And for Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
She is the example of true coronation, the longest-reigning monarch who is actually keeping the vital institution alive in modern Britain. Never letting personal desires coming in the way of her duty, people first!
Now as per the deal at Sandringham summit, Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit will be reviewed in a year. So we’ll officially know its a happily ever after or not!