Americans able to enjoy Royal Family through Prince Harry without ‘historical baggage’


AMERICAN audiences can enjoy a “slice” of the Royal Family through Prince Harry and Meghan without having to deal with the constitutional and historical baggage that comes with the institution considering the United State’s history with the monarchy, an academic explained.

Following from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Conservative commentator Meghan McCain took shots at the Royal Family and nailed her colours to the mast.

She told The View: “I want to take this time to encourage all Americans to visit Mount Vernon and see why monarchies are stupid, the American experiment is the way to go.

“And if we have two American women, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey, who are single-handedly finishing what George Washington on our revolutionary counterparts did, I’m all for it.”Prince Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry does not bring over the political problems of the Royal Family with him to America (Image: Getty)

Dr Sarika Bose

Dr Sarika Bose said Americans could enjoy a slice of the Royal Family (Image:

Dr Bose added Americans could get behind Harry and Meghan because they represent celebrity rather than royalty which could bring up problems.

She explained: “There’s a sort of glamour and a mystique from the Royal Family and having members of the Royal Family living can be a little bit of a lift for many people.

“And they do have a celebrity status there which perhaps works very well in that context.

“I keep thinking of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor a couple of generations before and they seem to have very similar status.

Prince Harry

American audiences do not have to worry about the baggage of the Royal Family as Harry enters celebrity circles (Image: Getty)

“That they were this glamorous couple that went to the best parties and so on.

“Now the upper classes in America are very much connected with the celebrity status.”

Senior Fellow of the Bow Group Think Tank, Lee Cohen, warned however that American audiences could accept Prince Harry and Meghan but not when they waded into political debates.

Mr Cohen referred to Prince Harry’s appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast where he branded the First Amendment “bonkers”.

The Duke of Sussex told the podcast: “I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.

“I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time.”

The most recent YouGov US popularity poll published in February, before the Oprah Winfrey interview, put Harry and Meghan as the 4th and 5th most likely royals.

However, in the UK, the latest YouGov stats suggest Harry and Meghan are in the bottom three of most liked royals and join Prince Andrew who is at the bottom.

Prince Harry announced he is working on his memoirs and will publish a book in late-2022.

The book is believed to look at his life in the Royal Family and in the army which some royal pundits say will bring further agony to his relationship with his relatives.

YouGov revealed 25 percent of Americans say they are interested in reading the books but only 14 percent of Brits say the same.


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