Prince William and Kate’s ‘idyllic family life’ image could be undone by Harry and Meghan

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PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate Middleton’s “idyllic family life” image could be undermined by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle even though they are now based on the other side of the Atlantic, a commentator has claimed.

William and Kate’s three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — are a huge part of the Cambridges’ appeal for many royal fans. Although the couple try to keep their children’s lives private so they can enjoy an element of normality, their most popular photographs on Instagram are all informal images Kate has taken of her kids. Yet, their seemingly perfect family life could soon be undone by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who just welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana, to their family of four — potentially encroaching on William and Kate’s strongest asset.
Prince William and Kate’s ‘idyllic family life’ image could be undone by Harry and Meghan (Image: GETTY•PA)
Prince William and Kate’s ‘idyllic family life’ image could be undone by Harry and Meghan (Image: GETTY•PA)

He said: “[The Cambridges] don’t feel they need to engage in politics.

“They seem to have this idyllic family life.

“It could be that the comparison with them doesn’t reflect well on Harry and Meghan. But who knows? There’s no road map for this.”

But, Harry and Meghan now seem to have an equally idyllic family life in their new Montecito home, in California.

Harry and Meghan opened up during an Oprah Winfrey interview back in March (Image: Getty)
Harry and Meghan opened up during an Oprah Winfrey interview back in March (Image: Getty)

As the Duke of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey back in March: “We’ve got our family.

“We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs and it’s great.”

Meghan later added that their life together had an ending “greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read”, and that they “not just survived but are thriving” outside of the Firm.

Speaking to NBC News, Mr Murphy said: “What was notable about the Oprah Winfrey interview is that Harry and Meghan made no attempt to distance themselves from those culture wars [in the US].”

He said their involvement in political activism — such as when they appealed for the US electorate to register to vote ahead of the Presidential elections, or when they campaigned for racial justice and gender equality — strikes up a stark contrast with the Cambridges’ efforts to avoid controversial issues.

Harry and Meghan with their firstborn Archie back in 2019 (Image: Getty)
Harry and Meghan with their firstborn Archie back in 2019 (Image: Getty)

Commentator Andrea McDonnell even said that by stepping into the celebrity sphere, Harry and Meghan can now exercise “the cliche that celebrities are America’s royalty”, becoming leaders of culture and “icons of success” in the States.

William, Kate and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: Getty)
William, Kate and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: Getty)

They have also been rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities, from popstar Lady Gaga who starred in Harry’s new docuseries to the couple’s neighbour Hollywood star Orlando Bloom.

Their new lives away from the Royal Family mean Harry and Meghan are not obliged to follow the Palace party line of complete neutrality either, as they no longer represent the Queen.

Kate and William's children are loved by royal fans (Image: Getty)
Kate and William’s children are loved by royal fans (Image: Getty)

Therefore, they have more control over their image and can openly discuss royal life — unlike the Cambridges, who are said to be bound by the Palace system to remain quiet.

However, the Royal Family are simultaneously able to enjoy a timelessness which often overshadows celebrities.

Royal biographer Mike Paterson pointed out: “A person who is leading trends today will by definition be replaced in time by someone younger, more beautiful, more charismatic.

“The point of the Royal Family is they are never in fashion and never out of fashion.”

The couple are still using their royal titles too, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while their children Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana both use the royal surname, Mountbatten-Windsor.

This means the family will continually be compared to the Cambridges.

Royal insiders also told Vanity Fair that the Sussexes will continue to be invited to large royal events, including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next summer.

One source said the royals were keen to see the Sussex children, having not seen Archie since he was last in the UK back in November 2019.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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