Prince Harry and Meghan are a “magnetic” couple, says the expert
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex resigned from the royal family in early 2020 before moving to the United States, and received expert praise for their “showbiz” work after their retirement. Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle and their two children Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana settled in Montecito, Santa Barbara, after they left the monarchy.
The couple continue to have global appeal and continue to make headlines for their work, including signing lucrative contracts with Netflix and Spotify, conducting a number of charity engagements, and starting their own nonprofit, Archewell.
Grant Harrold, an expert on royal etiquette, said Express.co.uk: “Harry and Meghan are leaving the royal family as working royals and have now become ‘celebrity royals’ as we must now describe them.
“They’re still royals and still have their titles, but they’re very famous.
“They’re probably the very first celebrity royals.”
Prince Harry and Meghan write their own set of rules with the status “Celebrity Royal”
The couple’s most recent public appearance on Global Citizen Live in New York
He refers to another famous royal abdication in which King Edward VIII relinquished the throne to be with Wallis Simpson in December 1936, and the couple settled in France after his departure.
Mr. Harrold said, “It’s such an interesting time with Harry and Meghan as they are doing something so different.” [to the Royal Family]. People make comparisons between them and Edward and Wallis Simpson, but you can’t really compare them.
“They didn’t really do the showbiz stuff where Harry and Meghan are. You were on the front page of TIME magazine recently, so do the showbiz stuff – which is fine because that’s going to be the future for a living. “
Mr Harrold, who served as butler to the Queen, Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge during his tenure in the royal household, said Meghan and Harry have not had to follow the same “royal protocol” as other senior members of the company since they stepped down are.
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The couple stood on stage holding hands at the New York event
Mr Harrold noted that “traditionally the rule with royals was for any royals looking but not touching” but this is not something he experiences with Prince Harry and Meghan or with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William has recently.
He said, “There have been a lot of comparisons between the way Harry and Meghan do things and the way Kate and William do things. While at Global Citizen Live in New York, Meghan and Harry held hands as they took the stage.
“This is nothing that you would not have seen with the Queen and Prince Philip. As is well known, the Queen always went a few steps ahead, and with William and Kate – the same thing – you would have seen that William was only a few steps ahead. “
He added, “Harry and Meghan technically have nothing to lose as they are just doing their own thing. So when they hug a fan they can’t go wrong as they write their own rulebook.”
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The Royal Butler describes the couple as “the very first celebrity royals in their own right”.
His comments come after the couple’s recent public appearance where Meghan and Harry stood on stage holding hands before delivering a speech on Global Citizen Live.
The Duke and Duchess took the stage in New York’s Central Park to discuss their passionate project – vaccines – while other focal points of the event revolved around the devastating effects of climate change.
The couple were also known for their public displays of affection for members of the monarchy, and these actions were seen as a “modern” approach to traditional royal etiquette, according to Harrold.
He added, “It’s all about PR and your image, and it’s about getting across the right way. A lot of people want to see the royals just doing things traditionally, but a lot of people, including me, want to know that they are a modern family and do things in a modern way. “
Mr Harrold, whose The Royal Butler business sees him giving royal etiquette classes to the public, also concluded that Meghan and Harry’s actions in the US could affect the behavior of members of the British monarchy.
Mr Harrold compares Meghan and Harry’s actions to those of William and Kate
He said, “When we start seeing William and Kate holding hands at events, people will start making comparisons and saying, ‘this is like what Harry and Meghan do’.
“I think our royal family will look to them to see how this works. There are obviously overhanging questions like “Does this work?” Is this the right way to go? “
“But would that mean they lose that element of the royal family, which is very traditionally a royal institution with protocols and traditions? It’s about finding a very fine balance between the two. “
His comments came before Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, were seen holding hands on the red carpet at the premiere of James Bond No Time to Die this week.
According to body language expert Darren Stanton, the move “broke royal protocol”.
Mr Stanton claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “almost part of the celebrity scene themselves”.