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Meghan and Harry’s claim they ‘did job better’ rubbished

Harry and Meghan’s 2022 year in review

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their long-awaited Netflix docuseries, titled Harry & Meghan, earlier this month, with the couple sharing insight into their love story in addition to challenges with the British press which ultimately led to their decision to step down from the Royal Family. During the fourth episode of the six-part series, Harry reflected on their reputation, claiming that other senior figures were fearful of Meghan’s popularity and how they were able to do the job “better”. However, a new poll of Express.co.uk readers has found that 96 percent disagree with this claim.

Harry claimed that when Meghan came into the family the balance shifted, especially after her first royal tour abroad which saw the couple visit Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga for 16 days in September 2018.

The Duke of Sussex said: “The issue is when someone who’s marrying in, who should be a supporting, a supporting act, is then stealing the limelight, or is doing the job better than the person who is born to do this…That upsets people. It shifts the balance.”

One of Meghan’s friends Lucy Fraser said: “I think Australia was a real turning point because they were so popular. So popular with the public. The internals at the palace were incredibly threatened by that.”

Harry went on to blame the “media” for drawing up divisions between his wife and the Royal Family, with the documentary showing how Meghan found herself on the front pages more frequently than other, more senior members of the Firm.

In a poll that ran rom 9am on Friday, December 16, to 2pm on Thursday, December 22, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Do you agree Harry and Meghan ‘did the job better’ than other Firm members?”

Overall, 17,616 people responded, with the overwhelming majority, 96 percent (16,925 people) answering “no, they did not do the job better”.

Whereas four percent (609 people) said “yes” in agreement, and a further 82 people said they did not know either way.

In the hundreds of comments left below the accompanying article, readers shared their thoughts on Harry and Meghan’s time in the Firm.

Many readers commented in disagreement with Harry and Meghan claim, with username Castoff writing: “Absolutely not!”

Similarly, username realeza said: “No, no,no, a million times no.” While username 2014 added: “Most definitely NOT!”

Other readers argued that Meghan was not in the Royal Family for long enough to make such a claim, with username JanetWCQ1958 commenting: “No, definitely not. She wasn’t even a working royal for that long.”

Another,  username WIFIHOTEL, remarked: “They weren’t around long enough to say they did a good job!”

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Some readers chose to compare Harry and Meghan to other members of the Royal Family in their comments. Username Zeehan said: “No-one did it like The Queen.”

Username Didius compared Harry to his brother, writing: “They will never be on the same level as William and Kate!”

While another reader thought that Princess Anne deserved the honour, with username dizne commenting: “Princess Anne is rarely in the public eye yet she consistently works tirelessly for her 300+ charities.”

In 2022, the Princess Royal conducted the most engagements, earning her the title of hardest working royal. Research by SEO company Reboot Online found Anne embarked on 214 in the last year. Since Meghan married Harry she reportedly worked for 72 days as a senior member of the Firm.

However, some readers agreed with the couple’s claim, with username sandyuk commenting: “Absolutely yes” in support of Harry and Meghan being better.

While username pope pius iii said of their decision to step down: “Absolutely, massive loss to the Royal Family.”

Buckingham Palace has not commented on the allegations and claims made in the documentary, with all members of the Firm choosing to remain silent.

Yet royal author Katie Nicholl told OK! Magazine that the Royal Family were “apprehensive” about the publication of Harry’s memoir Spare next month. She added: “I wonder if we will hear from the Palace after the publication of the autobiography. I wouldn’t rule it out.”

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