Meghan Markle SNUB: How Duchess has been ‘PREVENTED from overshadowing’ Royal Family – Express
21 March 2019 MUSIC
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are establishing their own royal household ahead of the birth of their royal baby this spring. With Kate Middleton and Prince William remaining at Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now have their offices under the direction of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. It comes after reports suggested the couple originally had plans to break away with their own court at Windsor, which the Queen has refused.
Podcast “Royals”, from Australian magazine New Idea, heard from royal expert Angela Mollard on the household split, who suggested that the Queen’s decision prevents the Duchess of Sussex from overshadowing Her Majesty and other senior royals.
Ms Mollard explained: “The Queen is keeping a strong arm on how they operate, they’re not allowed to go rogue.”
Podcast host Rebecca Hyde asked: “Do you think it’s the right decision?”
Ms Mollard continued: “I do actually, I think it’s really smart.
“Someone of Meghan’s status and previous star performance has the ability to position herself very much as an Angelina (Jolie) or an Amal (Clooney).
“Now, nothing matters more with the Royal Family than the brand being cohesive, there can’t be an offshoot.”
She explained: “We saw it with Diana.
“She did tremendous work with landmine victims and people with AIDS, but it became a tit-for-tat.
“Charles’ work was completely overshadowed by Diana’s as she was so beautiful and so photogenic.
“She owned the stage, so Charles’ very progressive work on sustainability and environmentalism just got nothing.
“There was no coverage, no one was interested.
“As it happens, those things have become incredibly relevant now, he was a very forward-thinking man.
“It must have been so frustrating to him to be overshadowed.”
She concluded: “I think it serves us all well to have a cohesive Royal Family.
“The Queen needs it to be cohesive.”
Ms Mollard also gave her opinion that Meghan and Harry face “tremendous pressure” following the division of the two royal households.
She said: “We don’t know what’s going to happen with the Meghan and Harry marriage.
“There’s tremendous pressure on them.
“I think it’s really important to manage things cautiously.”