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Royal panic: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have ‘weakened Crown’ with US move

Meghan Markle and Harry ‘no intention of hiding’ says expert

Meghan and Prince Harry’s split from the Royal Family has been described as the creation of a very successful US branch of the House of Windsor, a royal expert has claimed. However, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to be thriving in California, their exit has “weakened” the Royal Family back home, Clive Irving has said.

Asked which effect Megxit has had on the monarchy, the author told Express.co.uk: “I think it has weakened the Crown because it has basically exported them to another hemisphere.

“They are like a branch office of the Windsors, a separate business in the US, and they are being very successful in that I think.

“They could have been a very useful influence at home.”

Meghan and Harry officially stepped down as senior royals on March 31.

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The couple quit their formal Sussex Royal with a personal statement shared on their Instagram account.

Since the spring, the couple has moved into their new home in Montecito, worked behind the scenes to their foundation Archewell and struck two multi-million deals with streaming platforms Netflix and Spotify.

Throughout the summer, Meghan and Harry have also remained in touch with organisation close to their hearts – such as their patronages Invictus Foundation and Smart Works.

Between July and September, Meghan was accused by a few royal commentators of breaking with royal tradition by becoming vocal about the importance of registering to vote in the US election.

Members of the Royal Family strive to remain as politically neutral as possible.

With her plea on voter registration, Meghan did not openly back any candidate.

However, her past remarks on Donald Trump led a few royal watchers to think she was quietly inviting US citizens to vote for Joe Biden at the polls.

Over the summer, while taking part in a series of talks, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also spoke more in depth about the focus of Archewell – building more humane communities online and offline.

In October, the couple launched their foundation’s website – which at the moment presents only the name of the organisation, its meaning and the chance to register to a mailing list.

Mr Irving had previously said Meghan and Harry could not fit in the Royal Family because they did not want to simply become part of the “royal furniture”.

The couple, the expert said, is driven by the desire to act and do good.

The author of ‘The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor’ said: “I think Meghan’s decision to write an editorial in the New York Times really won over a lot of people to her, people now realise that she and Harry are really trying to do good works, as indeed Diana did.

“Harry has a very strong memory of what his mother did and what her role was.

“And what is there for someone like Harry to do other than do good works?

“He doesn’t want to be a piece of royal furniture, he wants to be a very positive and active person.”

Following Meghan and Harry’s exit, the Royal Family have carried out several royal engagements either in person or via video link.

Earlier this month, a source claimed the Queen had given the go-ahead to the creation of what has been dubbed “New Firm”, which sees the Queen and seven senior royals set to work more together from next years on causes they care about.

Following the departure of Meghan and Harry, the main working royals left are the Queen, the Cambridges, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Princess Anne.

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