Gutfield mocks Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Fox News
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked two years since they decided to step away from the royal family earlier this month. They announced in a statement at the time that they would be splitting their time between the UK and North America and focusing on new charitable ventures. They continued to do an impressive amount of work for charity and were seen delivering food to Los Angeles residents in need during the pandemic.
They’ve also signed deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify, conducted a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, and Harry has also confirmed that he will publish his memoir next year.
Royal expert Andrew Morton offered insight into his departure, and the events since, in a November interview with Salon.
Speaking of the initial departure, he said the royal family “blinked first” and tried to accommodate the Sussexes.
He said: “Regardless of what they tried to do, they couldn’t accommodate them.”
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Harry and Meghan did Charles and William a ‘favor’ by quitting (Image: GETTY)
Harry and Meghan announced their plan to step back in January 2020. (Image: GETTY)
Ultimately, Morton argued that Harry and Meghan’s decision to raise sticks did Prince Charles and Prince William “a favor.”
He explained: “I think the irony is that Prince Charles and Prince William saw themselves as the leaders of the reduced monarchy.
“In a way, Harry and Meghan have done them a favor by jumping ship, instead of asking them to walk the catwalk.
“They would have been in a supporting role, and their position would have been progressively lower in the pecking order, as Louis, Charlotte and George matured.”
William and Charles see themselves as the leaders of a reduced monarchy, Morton said. (Image: GETTY)
He added: “Meghan and Harry have a generation to make a real impact. Then, it will be, ‘Oh, Meghan who?’”
The movement across the Atlantic, Morton claimed, had been in the works for some time.
He explained: “Harry, six months after their wedding, was in detailed conversations with Oprah in a London hotel and several of the media executives, discussing what eventually became ‘The Me You Can’t See’, and talking about his own struggles with mental health.
“It’s not like I’m not going to do an Oprah interview. Whether he was in or out of the Royal Family, he was going to do that.”
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Harry and Meghan in New York last year. (Image: GETTY)
He added: “I think the narrative they would like to project is that they arrived in Los Angeles with a couple of suitcases and a stuffed animal and that was it.
“I think the reality is that they had been planning this move to Hollywood for some time, not necessarily where they were going to live.”
He claimed that the first talks with Oprah Winfrey began in December 2018, while Meghan was in separate talks about the series ‘Pearl’ that she will produce for Netflix.
Morton said: “So while the plan wasn’t fully worked out, I wouldn’t suggest they were babies in the woods.”
Meghan and Harry have signed multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify. (Image: GETTY)
He noted that there had been an “instinctive cynicism” from much of British and American society, despite Meghan’s willingness to accept the quirks of the royal family.
He said: “She changed. She was becoming a British citizen. She was baptized into the Church of England. He gave up all the social media accounts he had.”
Despite the cynicism and criticism leveled at the Sussexes, Morton said there is reason for optimism in the Sussex camp.
He said: “The very fact that they can go to New York and have the mayor and the governor pay the court is a sign of their international prestige. And the fact that they are known by their first names, like Madonna, is also a sign of their popularity.
“It’s going to be very interesting to see how they carve out a career without undermining themselves, which is what they’ve always opposed. And so far, they’ve been undermined by that Oprah interview, by their one Spotify conversation.”
He questioned whether they have the “ability” to produce scripts like the Netflix hit Squid Game in their new roles as film and television producers.
He added: “Harry and Meghan were very fortunate to sign on at a time when these streaming services were itching to sign big names, because they have a global reach and these are global institutions.
“Whether they will be worth the money they will be paid remains to be seen.”