How William and Kate can ‘win back US fans’ after ‘annihilation’ from Harry and Meghan


When Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the US in just 10 days, they will have an opportunity to reposition themselves in the eyes of royal fans over there.

Writing in the Sunday Times yesterday, Roya Nikkhah said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview was “90 minutes of prime-time royal annihilation” which left the monarchy’s reputation tarnished.

She said the Wales’ trip to the US was therefore an opportunity to get “the House of Windsor firmly back on the front foot across the pond” and to “elevate the monarchy above entertainment news”.

Kate and William are ramping up their engagements following the Queen’s death in September and the mourning period for the Firm.

They were awarded new titles after Prince Charles became King Charles III as he acceded to the throne, following his mother’s death.

A coronation ceremony said to be pared down, takes place next year.

During the couple’s trip to the States, they will undertake a number of engagements and showcase issues from climate change to vulnerable people and eco-technology.

It’s their first trip in eight years when they visited New York back in 2014.

The focus of this year’s trip is the Earshot Prize award ceremony on December 2 in Boston. It will be covered by the BBC.

How William and Kate can 'win back US fans' after 'annihilation' from Harry and Meghan

Kate and William are ramping up their engagements following the Queen’s death (Image: Getty)

Their Netflix documentary is expected to air within weeks despite the couple’s efforts to push it back into 2023. They are rumoured to have received a staggering £88million advance from the broadcaster.

Speculation has been rife that following the Queen’s death, the couple are keen to “downplay much of what they have said about King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales”, in the Netflix documentary series.

It is unclear if the two couples, the Sussexes and Kate and William, will meet when they are stateside. Harry and Meghan are based on the west coast in Montecito, California, and have a young family.

Robert Jobson told the Mirror he thinks they will “stamp their personalities” on all future tours as Kate and William “insist on doing it their way.”

After three decades covering royal tours, he added the format has rarely changed.

Mr Jobson said even those undertaken by the boys’ mother, Princess Diana, followed a set pattern of formal dinners, speeches, walkabouts, hospital and school visits, while glad-handing politicians.


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