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Meghan and Harry’s royal exit changed Charles and William’s relationship in ‘great irony’

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have ended royal duties for a new life in the US in a move dubbed Megxit. But royal commentator Dan Wootton said a “great irony” of the drama was that it helped improve “frosty” relations between Charles and William.

Writing in The Sun, he said: “One of the great ironies of Megxit is that it has finally helped to heal some of the enduring wounds in the relationship between Charles and Wills, which sources close to them both concede was frosty.”

Mr Wootton blasted new book Finding Freedom which makes fresh claims about Meghan and Harry’s departure from the Royal Family.

The royal commentator described the biography by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand as a “spectacular own goal”.

He said: “Harry and Meghan are not victims of the media, the establishment or the British public.

“I will never forget that beautiful spring day in May 2018 when the entire country celebrated a royal wedding with the type of hope and joy not seen since July 1981, when Charles and Diana tied the knot.

“It was one of those rare moments, like the London 2012 Olympics, when we celebrated as one.

“This couple had the world at their feet — superstardom and influence any film actor or pop star would dream of, but without the cumbersome pressure of the throne hanging over them, like the Cambridges.

“They had a very real chance to help reinvent and modernise the monarchy from within.

“What a tragedy they have chosen to focus their energies on settling scores in tawdry tell-alls and unnecessary courtroom battles.”

It comes as royal author Nigel Cawthorne warned Meghan and Harry’s popularity in Britain is likely to be more damaged than the Royal Family’s by the new book. 

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Mr Cawthorne told Express.co.uk: “In Britain the book is bound to be more damaging to Meghan and Harry’s popularity.

“Its enormous pre-publicity is a reminder to people that the couple only recently left the country, ostensibly for Canada but really for Los Angeles all along it seems.

“If they were to make a comeback in some official royal capacity it would require a major effort to mend burnt bridges with the public at large.

“In the US, on the other hand, the book is likely to cement their status as an A-list couple.”

The former actress and the Queen’s grandson are living in Los Angeles with their one-year-old son Archie.

They are staying in a £15 million mega-mansion owned by American actor Tyler Perry.

The couple stunned the world in January when they revealed bombshell plans to step back as senior royals.

The announcement prompted the Queen to hold a crisis summit with Charles, William and Harry.

The Sussexes had hoped to continue supporting the Queen while earning their own money.

But the plan was deemed unworkable due to fears they would be accused of cashing in on their royal status.

Meghan and Harry officially bowed out of the Royal Family on March 31.

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