MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s criticisms of the Royal Family could further divisions, royal expert Rebecca English warned.
Meghan and Harry’s tension with the Royal Family appears to be unresolved as a royal expert claims this week that the Firm will be “relieved” if the Sussexes don’t attend Prince Philip’s memorial. Ingrid Seward said: “I think if they choose not to come then everyone will breathe a sigh of relief. “It is thanks-giving for Prince Philip and we don’t want it turning into the Harry and Meghan show.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they do not feel safe coming to the UK.
And Harry, now living in the US, has threatened legal action against the Home Office for refusing to let him pay for police protection.
Harry and Meghan have been open about how they struggled with royal life, but another expert warned that their criticisms of the Royal Family could lead to a “tipping point”.
Ms English said: “The Palace have always gone with the never complain, never explain approach.
“Can we really expect that to carry on? Surely there will be a tipping point?”
She continued: “The Palace genuinely don’t want to get drawn into a public slanging match with Harry and Meghan.
Meghan Markle news: Meghan and Harry were warned over criticisms (Image: getty)
Meghan Markle news: Meghan and Harry left the Firm (Image: getty)
“That said, they [Harry and Meghan] are poking the bear a lot, and people are right to wonder whether there will be a tipping point.”
After the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, it became clear just how big the divide was between the couple and the rest of the Royal Family is.
In the interview, Meghan alleged that a senior member of the Royal Family raised concerns over her son’s skin colour before he was born.
Harry also claimed that Charles and his brother William are “trapped” in the Royal Family.
Following the airing of the interview, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying the Queen was “saddened” by the allegations, but added that “some recollections may vary”.
Meghan Markle news: Divisions have remained (Image: getty)
Harry and Meghan are now focused on their life in the US, but the Duke could be dealt one more blow which would make his exit from the Firm irreversible, according to a source.
They told the Daily Mail that Harry would face “no going back” to his former royal life if he is axed as a Counsellor of State.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, is one of four Counsellors of States, alongside Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Andrew.
These royals, as the next four people in the line of succession who are over the age of 21, would undertake the Queen’s official duties as Sovereign on a temporary basis due to illness or absence abroad.
Meghan Markle news: The Sussexes spoke to Oprah (Image: getty)
But there are questions over whether Harry is eligible as he now lives, for the most part, in the US.
A source said: “Being removed, by Parliament no less, as a Counsellor of State would really be the nail in Harry’s coffin of his former life as a frontline member of the Royal Family.
“If Harry is axed, there really is no going back.
“All of these decisions – the military titles, the HRHs in abeyance – could theoretically be reversed. However, having Parliament take formal action to remove them as Counsellors of State is in another league entirely.”