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Meghan Markle and Harry urged to take ‘Queen’s approach’ as couple risk ‘serious damage’

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, stepped away from the royal limelight in order to pursue a “more peaceful” life for themselves and their son Archie Harrison, one. The Sussexes have been based in Santa Barbara, California since last summer but despite moving away from the UK global interest in the couple has not dwindled.

Over the past week, Harry and Meghan have made headlines for several reasons the most notable being the Duchess’s decision to release a statement in reaction to reports about Archie’s birth certificate.

Meghan’s spokespeople released a statement to dismiss speculation the Duchess had requested her first two names be removed from her son Archie’s birth certificate soon after his birth on May 6, 2019.

At the time several royal experts claimed the move may have been motivated by Meghan’s wish to honour her late mother-in-law Princess Diana or to set herself apart from Prince William’s wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

In Meghan’s statement, she claimed the decision to change her name on the birth certificate was taken by Buckingham Palace and not her.

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The statement read: “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials.

“This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex.

“To see this U.K. tabloid and their carnival of so-called ‘experts’ chose to deceptively whip this into a calculated family ‘snub’ and suggest that she would oddly want to be nameless on her child’s birth certificate, or any other legal document would be laughable were it not offensive.

“There’s a lot going on in the world; let’s focus on that rather than creating clickbait.”

Meghan’s brutal attack on Britain’s tabloids came in the same week Prince Harry won a libel case against the Mail on Sunday over claims he turned his back on the military after stepping down as a senior royal in March.

One royal expert has claimed the Sussexes “sledgehammer” approach to public relations could ultimately cost them popularity.

The Telegraph’s associate editor and royal expert Camilla Tominey wrote: “While I’m sure we can all appreciate the publicity-shy couple’s frustration at not being able to single-handedly control the British media from their £11 million Santa Barbara mansion, I fear this use of a sledgehammer to crack a nut is starting to cause them serious damage.”

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She added: “While the public will have sympathy with the prince wanting to correct a story wrongly claiming he had turned his back on the Royal Marines, few would support him using the British legal system as his own personal soap box.”

“Not least when he doesn’t even live in the UK anymore.

Ms Tominey added: “Harry and Meghan would have been far better off taking the Queen’s (free) advice: ‘Never complain, never explain.’

“Instead, they are paying for the privilege of falling victim to what is known in the trade as the ‘Streisand Effect’; fitting, really, when you consider that Barbra only lives down the road in Malibu.”

The royal expert goes on to compare the Sussexes recent PR approach to that of US actress Barbara Streisand whose unsuccessful attempt to suppress a photograph of her home ultimately drew attention to the picture and prompted thousands of people to download it.

Ms Tominey concludes: “So in trying to protect her privacy, Streisand ended up invading it even more.

“In her statement, the Duchess said: ‘There’s a lot going on in the world – let’s focus on that rather than creating clickbait’.

“When will the Sussexes realise that by constantly taking the bait, they are the ones who are creating the clicks?”

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