Harry and Meghan’s actions ‘could damage Royal Family long term’ – expert raises alarm


PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle’s approach as members of the Royal Family does not reflect that of the late Prince Philip and could cause long term damage, a royal expert has said.

However, Mr Sacerdoti, a regular commentator on Sky News as well as a contributor to The Spectator, highlighted what he saw as a contrast between Prince Philip’s 70 years of service, and Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior royals and subsequent move to the United States.

And he suggested their public pronouncement since – including explosive claims of racism levelled against an unnamed royal which they voiced in their interview with Ms Winfrey – had serious implications.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s approach does not reflect Prince Philip’s, said Jonathan Sacerdoti (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry and Prince Philip enjoy the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match (Image: GETTY)

It’s a great fear, I think, that what Meghan and Harry are doing could damage the Royal Family

Jonathan Sacerdoti

Mr Sacerdoti told Express.co.uk: “Certainly, it is having some negative effect – among other controversies going on at the moment it’s one of the things contributing to increased talk about there being a sort of republican resurgence in the UK.

“So I think that they’re not acting in a way that would reflect Prince Philip’s own personal ethos with relation to service and the Royal Family.

“It’s a great fear, I think, that what Meghan and Harry are doing could damage the Royal Family, not just in the immediate future, in the coming months and years, but much longer term.

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, are seen in Midtown (Image: GETTY)

“But could it have that effect? It certainly could contribute to a wider feeling or movement in that direction.”

Allegations of racism and bullying were extremely serious, and the way Meghan and Harry had gone about raising them was “quite incendiary, quite difficult and destructive” in terms of actually resolving the problems and sorting them out, Mr Sacerdoti suggested.

Prince Philip died in April

Prince Philip died in April (Image: GETTY)

He added: “The documentary really underlined what we’d all known about Prince Philip, and reflected the thoughts that have been much-written about and talked about since he passed away and of course before then as well during his life.

“And that was that he was a paragon of service in the Royal Family, he did demonstrate that ethos of serving the country from a position at the top of it, married to the Queen.

“And he’s been much-respected for the way he carved out a role for himself as the male partner of the monarch.

“There wasn’t really a blueprint for the way he did it and he created something that I think had a lot of support in Great Britain and around the world and especially around the Commonwealth.”

Turning his attention to the Duke’s grandson, Mr Sacerdoti acknowledged: “I think Harry did mention that in the documentary.

“Of course, the interesting difference between the two of them isn’t just that he doesn’t appear to be reflecting that that behaviour of his grandfather’s, but also to be fair to him, Harry didn’t choose to be in that position in quite the same way Prince Philip would have done, as he married into it.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen in Harlem (Image: GETTY)

However, he said: “I also think it is worth saying that there’s an awful lot of pushback against how he is behaving and how he and Meghan are conducting themselves, especially in relation to the family.”

During the documentary, Harry said of his grandfather: “Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter of fact and just said: ‘Make sure you come back alive’ … then when I came back, there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of: ‘Well you made it. How was it?’ That’s how he was.

“He was very much a listener, he sort of set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share but he would never probe.”


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