Harry & Meghan's Earning Potential Could Be in Jeopardy without Royal Status, Says Diana's Former Private Secretary
There has been a lot of controversies generated from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they announced earlier this year that they would be vacating their roles as senior members of the royal family.
In an interview with Vanity, Patrick Jephson, a former secretary to Princess Diana, explained that the Sussex Royals could encounter some difficulties with adjusting to life as post-royals.
Jephson forecasted that Harry and Meghan will find it more challenging to continue with their philanthropic endeavors and fulfill their commitments now that they don’t have the luxury that comes with the royal family.
As part of their deal to vacate roles as senior members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan chose to give up the “royal” moniker.
As the New York Times reported at the time, both of them had initially planned to use the name “SussexRoyal,” to represent their brand now that they’re now private citizens.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson
However, negotiations saw them lose that right, which will no longer be theirs from this summer.
The news source also confirmed that they would take the name off their social media profiles and withdraw all trademark and patent applications that contain the name.
Recounting Princess Diana’s experience after divorcing Prince Charles in 1992, Jephson explained that the former Princess ended up having to attend to several engagements after the divorce.
However, things became difficult without certain logistical advantages that the Crown could provide — planes, bodyguards, limousines, etc.
Harry and Meghan would be welcome if they decide to rejoin the fold.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did - and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
Comparing that situation to Harry and Meghan, he said, “They need the stuff only wealth can provide, but chafe at the obligations and scrutiny of royalty,” adding that the long-term earning potential for the couple is low without their status as royals.
Jephson also added that, prolonged detachment from Buckingham Palace would end up eroding their celebrity power over time.
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Happy Heritage Day South Africa! 🇿🇦 • Today we are celebrating the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos PA images / SussexRoyal
Of course, all of this could change if Harry and Meghan decide to stay in the royal family. The prospects of that happening are still up for debate, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth could tip the scales in favor of that happening.
The Queen met with Harry, on Sunday, at the Windsor Castle to discuss his future, and according to The Sun, she told him that he and Meghan would be welcome if they decide to rejoin the fold.