Meghan and Harry told to ditch ‘vanity’ for new strategy in life outside Royal Family


MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s recent photoshoot with Time, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the magazine’s front cover, showed a “degree of vanity”, with the pair advised to adopt a strategy which reflects a greater degree of “humility” in future, a Royal expert has said.

Mr Sacerdoti told “I think it’s fair looking at the Time magazine cover to say that they’re focusing on their image, because that image in particular has been so manipulated and massaged into looking a certain way that nothing in it can be considered accidental.

“From Harry being reduced to the same height as Meghan by perching him on a wall, to both of them having what appears to be about two or three times the actual amount of hair they have on their head, to the white clothing for her and the black clothing for him, to her positioning, up front and centre and his peeking out from behind her.

“It seems so carefully planned as to give a very clear sign of what kind of image they’re trying to put across.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would be well advised to worry less about their image (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit P.S. 123 in Harlem (Image: GETTY)

Mr Sacerdoti said: “I see both of them very serious-faced, both of them looking you straight in the eye, Meghan, in the front and centre and Harry behind her.

“Meghan dressed in white, to show, presumably some sort of purity or saintliness almost and Harry behind her, but with his arm resting on her shoulders supportively.”

The “carefully planned” image gave an impression of the pair of them facing the future together, but with Harry slightly behind “in a supporting role”, Mr Sacerdoti suggested.

He added: “It certainly seems that Meghan in that magazine cover is the star of the show and then the images inside the magazine as well as the two in matching green clothes walking through what appears to be their garden or a garden. It looks a bit like a mail-order clothing catalogue shoot.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York CIty (Image: GETTY)

I think it showed, if I may, a degree of vanity

Jonathan Sacerdoti

“I don’t suppose that was exactly what they were going for but it was, it was styled to the Nth degree, the clothing carefully chosen and colour-matched the hair carefully coiffed, the image carefully airbrushed once it had been taken.

“I think it showed, if I may, a degree of vanity, because not only was it putting themselves forward as this influential couple, but it was doing so in a way that was so clearly very deeply concerned with exactly how they looked.”

One of the main criticisms which people levelled against Meghan and Harry since their departure from the UK and the working Royal Family related to their apparent preoccupation with their image, Mr Sacerdoti claimed.

He explained: “That they’ve expended what looks like a lot of energy on how they look, and their appearance and this is almost a literal example of that, it’s all about how they are seen, their image, how they look visually.

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at the World Trade Cent (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Harlem (Image: GETTY)

“And that’s, I think, backing up that negative perception that so many people have about, about their activities.

“It doesn’t seem likely to me that this was a surprise to them that they look that way in the image. I’m sure they must have known what was coming and maybe they would be very pleased with it.

“But I think that maybe they will regret having gone for such a carefully, manicured image, because it’s received quite a backlash from some people.”

One of the challenges faced by the Sussexes was to convince the wider public of their “authenticity”, pointed out Mr Sacerdoti.

He said: “I think authenticity today is a very important characteristic that people look for in thought leaders, or trendsetters.

“They want to feel you’re authentic. It’s very hard to demonstrate a level of authenticity, especially one that people can relate to, when you are extremely wealthy.

”When you’re extremely wealthy through what is effectively inherited wealth from the monarchy, it’s probably even harder – that’s not a relatable thing.”

The “traditional royals” worked very hard to be relatable while accepting the challenges they faced, realising their “position of inherited privilege” came with “great responsibility”.

Meghan and Harry were trying to do the same, but because they had in effect opted out of the Royal Family and embraced what Mr Sacerdoti called a US celebrity lifestyle, it was a much harder job.

He stressed: “That’s why did they come in for so much criticism for how they’re doing it.

“If they’re going to carve their own way ahead outside the Royal Family which they’ve now done, I think they ought to perhaps reflect a bit more humility rather than have this sort of downward-looking preaching attitude towards the wider public.”


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