Other royals would have been ‘certainly threatened’ by Meghan and Harry’s popularity.
The popularity of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the height of their Royal Family tenure would have “no doubt” been threatening to other members, according to a royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s soaring popularity, according to Omid Scobie of the BBC’s new “Harry, Meghan, and the Media” podcast, “would have ruffled feathers among the different household staff, as well as between other family members, all vying to get their name in the spotlight.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, according to the author of Finding Freedom, found themselves in a situation where they were the “most written about, talked about, and celebrated” members of the Royal Family.
However, he noted that the pair’s popularity “for such a long time” as full-time royals “would have no doubt been threatening to others within the institution.”
The couple’s popularity among Britons following their marriage and subsequent royal appearances, according to the royal expert, would have caused a ruckus across the royal households, away from their own Kensington Palace team.
Mr Scobie explained that dividing Royal Family members by their households and teams creates a competitive atmosphere among family members and other household staff, which was the source of the problem.
“Remember, this isn’t just one big family, one big household working together,” he explained.
“These are two different households.”
The aides who work for each senior member of the royal family make it a “priority” and “obligation,” according to Mr Scobie, to ensure that their senior family members receive as much coverage and attention as possible.
“Making sure that the work that person does, the image and profile of that person is as big as it can be,” the royal author said.
“It’s also important because it sits within the real line of succession, the real hierarchical order that the Royal Family thrives on.”
As a result, he explained, Harry and Meghan’s feeling of “having to be kept in line” and “put in their place” became an issue behind palace walls.
This was exacerbated by the fact that it “kept happening over and over again” and threatened to detract attention from other royal households, according to Mr Scobie.
Before moving to Canada in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the United Kingdom.
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