Sussexes dubbed ‘celebrity royals’ as ‘royal visit’ likeness exposed

Harry and Meghan 'becoming celebrity royals' says Harrold

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently on a trip to the UK and Germany to attend a few events for charities that are, according to their spokesperson, “close to their hearts”. Speaking on Wednesday’s GB News, former royal butler Grant Harrold, who has worked for royals such as Prince Charles and Prince Harry, spoke of the Sussexes’ current visit’s striking resemblances to a traditional “royal visit” and dubbed the couple as “celebrity royals” as they are “not royals”.

“As a member of the Royal Family, your job is quite straightforward.

“You’re there as a member of the Royal Family to support the Queen, carry out official duties, you’re given an itinerary, [and] you know exactly what you are doing.”

It added that Meghan and Harry’s royal exit was the first in “70-odd years”.

As the couple have stepped down, they’ve now got to “forge their own career and they’re becoming, what I call, celebrity royals”, Mr Harrold said.

He added: “You see from this visit, it’s almost like a state visit.

“The way people are meeting them, they’re closing roads, there’s police protection, it is like a royal visit.

“But they are not royals anymore.”

The couple’s visit to the UK, and Germany, was announced last month, on August 15, which was also the birthday of Prince Harry’s aunt, Princess Anne.

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On Monday, the couple attended the One Young World Summit in Manchester.

Meghan was welcomed on stage to give a keynote speech to the attendees.

In her first speech in Britain since she and Harry stepped down as senior royals, Meghan said it was “very nice to be back in the UK”.


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The following day, the couple arrived in Düsseldorf in Germany for the one-year countdown event for the 2023 Invictus Games.

The games were founded by Harry in 2014.

The Sussexes are set to return to London tomorrow [September 8] for the WellChild Awards. 

Despite leaving the UK, Harry has stayed close to the charity, having been a patron since 2007.


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