Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are desperate for financial stability because they need money to guarantee their security, an expert has claimed.
It is understood the Duchess of Sussex is planning to return to Instagram after ending a previous profile on the picture sharing platform ahead of her engagement to Harry in 2018.
Meghan revealed her plans in an interview with The Cut during which the Duchess said she was “getting back…on Instagram“.
That announcement came after the account handle @meghan was created, fuelling speculation as to why the Duchess might be staging such a comeback.
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Edward Coram-James, a PR and reputation management expert and CEO of Go-Up, told Express.co.uk while generating income from Instagram is not very royal, it would be a practical step.
He said: “They need the income that can guarantee their safety. And that means that they need a very high income.
“Now, there is a strong argument to be had that they could have achieved this without having to go to war with the royal family. In my opinion, that argument is correct. But, we’re at where we’re at.
“Their lucrative Spotify deal has fallen through and their Netflix deal is in serious trouble (although there is still plenty of path for them here, if they pivot from scandal based royal exposes and pull some excellent, serious pieces of filmmaking out of the bag).”
Reports emerged in June that Netfix could axe its £78million ($100million) deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Mr Coram-James added: “Instagram influencing could be a viable, harmless and consistent way for the Sussexes to earn their financial independence and, through the huge amounts of potential income that it could generate, guarantee their personal security.
“It may not be very royal, but it is very practical.”
Harry lost the full police protection usually given to members of the Royal Family after he and Meghan stepped down as senior working royals in 2020 and moved to North America.
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The Sussexes have relied on a private security team since moving to California, but they have said the arrangement doesn’t provide the fifth-in-line to the throne with the kind of protection he needs when visiting the UK.
Harry offered to pay for protection himself when he came to Britain for his father’s coronation, but the offer was refused.
The decision to strip Harry of taxpayer-funded protection was taken by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures, which approves security for royals and VIPs. The Duke appealed against the decision in the High Court.
Mr Coram-James said Meghan will feel she has no choice but to return to Instagram given the Sussexes have a young family to protect.
He said: “So, reputationally, reopening Instagram is yet another bad move in a long line of bad moves.
“Unless it is purely charitable work with no personal publicity or commercial incentive, anything she posts will open her up to more accusations of hypocrisy, attention-seeking and abusing long and deeply held cultural traditions, as well as her position and titles. She will be aware of this.
“But, practically, she may feel that she has no choice. And, when you have a young family to feed and, most importantly, to protect, you often put pride aside and do what is practical, not necessarily what is right.”
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