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Royal gamble: Meghan Markle and Harry plan carries ‘enormous risks’ claims ex-Diana aide

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s media plans carry “enormous potential risk” for the monarchy and will lead to questions about the use of royal influence according to one of Princess Diana’s former top aides.

The comments were made by Patrick Jephson who served as Diana’s private secretary. In April Meghan and Harry launched a joint Instagram account where they post pictures of royal engagements and their family. The same month it was announced Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are planning a series of programmes on mental health for Apple TV.

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Writing about Meghan and Harry in the Daily Mail Mr Jephson said: “I fear the finger pointing may return.

“It’s unlikely to be dispelled either by the couple’s charity initiatives, the carefully curated Instagram feed to more than nine million followers or their Apple TV plans with Oprah.

“Such high-profile projects require absolute clarity to avoid questions about acceptable use of royal status and influence, or any conflict with the Sussex’s often reasonable calls for privacy.

“They carry enormous potential risk for them and the monarchy.”

There was controversy earlier this week when a tennis fan was asked not to take a photo near Meghan at Wimbledon.

Tennis star Serena Williams, a friend of Meghan, left to her defence after the incident.

She commented: “Any time I see her name attached to anything, I don’t read it.

“She couldn’t be a better friend to me.

“Low moments, high moments, she’s always there.”

In his Daily Mail article Mr Jephson went on to defend the monarchy as an institution.

He wrote: “Loyal monarchists who join the chorus urging Harry and Meghan into celebrity exile are damaging the very institution they think they love.

“It doesn’t claim to be perfect, yet its imperfections have the familiar appeal of a well-worn and fragile antique.”

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