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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer viewed as a unit with the rest of the business by the public, according to brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer. The commentator spoke of the possible damage the Crown could have suffered as a result of US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s mocking remarks towards one of its members, Prince Harry.

The California-based pundit conceded “it’s never good for the Crown” to find themselves in a situation where “it would be mocked by those with significant audiences”.

However, speaking to, he added: ‘In this case there is not necessarily a direct link to the Crown.

He added: “Harry and Meghan are trying to take advantage of the Crown, but now there is a bit of a wall between them and the Crown in the public eye.”

Harry and Meghan stepped down as active full-time cabinet members in spring 2020.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry retained their full titles after the Megxit (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry giving a speech at the UN

Prince Harry giving a speech at the UN in July (Image: GETTY)

Following what became known as Megxit, they retained their full titles, but can no longer use their HRH styles, perform royal duties, represent the business, or hold royal patronages.

Their non-working royal status was clearly visible during the Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, when Meghan and Harry only attended two events open to the wider royal family.

At the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Duke and Duchess sat in the second row alongside other non-senior royals.

Over the past two years, Meghan and Harry have continued to use their Duke and Duchess titles correctly without the HRH styles on a number of occasions, including when featured at events or on the cover of Meghan’s first children’s book. – The Bench.

The Duke and Duchess are also said to have a strained relationship with some members of the royal family.

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Meghan Markle in red outfit walking next to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke about the reversal of Roe v Wade (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Harry have always spoken highly of the Queen, with the Duke telling US broadcaster Hoda Kotb that he has a “special relationship” with his grandmother.

Speaking in April from The Hague, where he was attending the Invictus Games, Harry said: “We have a really special relationship.

“We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anyone else, so it’s always a nice peace for her.”

On the other hand, Prince Harry spoke with Oprah Winfrey in early 2021 about feeling “really disappointed” in his father, Prince Charles.


Senior members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did not watch the RAF flypast from the palace balcony on June 2 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry smile

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in California (Image: GETTY)

However, father and son reportedly met in June, when the Sussexes introduced him and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, their one-year-old daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana in person.

The Duke of Sussex is not believed to have met his brother Prince William behind closed doors in June who, as he told Ms Winfrey, Harry ‘loves to pieces’ but is ‘on different paths’.

Mr Alito, who backed the overturning of the Roe v Wade ruling which had granted the right to have an abortion in all 50 states since 1973, hit out at Prince Harry last month during a speech he gave at a conference on religious freedom in Rome. , hosted by the University of Notre Dame Law School.

The conservative Catholic judge mentioned some of the world leaders who criticized the Supreme Court ruling on reproductive rights.

Timeline of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's relationship

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer royals (Picture: EXPRESS)

After mentioning British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the judge said: “What really hurt me, what really hurt me was when the Duke of Sussex got hurt. addressed to the United Nations and appeared to compare the decision, the name of which may not be spoken, with the Russian attack on Ukraine.”

Harry apparently criticized the Supreme Court ruling on reproductive rights.

Delivering a keynote address at a special plenary session of the General Assembly dedicated to Nelson Mandela International Day, the Duke said the world is at a “pivotal moment”, where people can either be inspired by the indomitable spirit of the late South African leader, or fall into despair.

He said: “It’s been a painful year in a painful decade.

Prince Harry smiling in an Invictus Games polo shirt

Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne (Image: GETTY)

“We are living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities around the world; climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most vulnerable suffering first; the few, weaponizing lies and misinformation at the expense of the greatest numbers and from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rollback of constitutional rights here in the United States.

“We are witnessing a global attack on democracy and freedom – the cause of Mandela’s life.”

Meghan had previously mentioned the Duke’s stance on the Roe v Wade reversal in a conversation with journalist Jessica Yellin and feminist Gloria Steinem.

In an interview published by Vogue, the Duchess said of her husband: “His reaction last week was guttural, like mine.”

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