Prince Harry knows he needs a sprinkle of the Royal Family’s ‘magic fairy dust’ if he wants to continue making money in California, a royal expert has claimed.
Author and historian Tessa Dunlop told True Royal TV’s Royal Beat that the Duke of Sussex, 37, is in a difficult position because he is trading on his royal ties but does not want to expose too much in case he is completely cut off.
It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to fly to the UK with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months, to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week.
Dunlop, along with royal biographer and journalist Duncan Larcombe and royal reporter Alan Jones, was discussing Harry’s upcoming memoirs, which are due to shed light on his time as part of the Firm.
Prince Harry knows he needs a sprinkle of the Royal Family’s ‘magic fairy dust’ if he wants to continue making money in California, a royal expert has claimed
Author and historian Tessa Dunlop told True Royal TV’s Royal Beat that the Duke of Sussex, 37, is in a difficult position because he is trading on his royal ties but does not want to expose too much in case he is completely cut off from the Firm
However a publication date has not yet been set, suggesting it has hit roadblocks.
The Sussexes are also reportedly filming an ‘at-home docuseries’ – branded a royal Keeping Up with the Kardashians – for Netflix, as the streamer secures its ‘pound of flesh’ in return for its $ 100million Megxit streaming deal.
Dunlop says Harry might feel anxious about overstepping the mark.
‘It can feel very lonely if the institution shuts you out,’ she said. ‘And I think Harry, more than anyone, realizes he’s walking a tightrope.
‘Yes, he needs to make money, and yes, the Royal Family has made him feel excluded and he feels unsupported. But he also realizes, on a professional level, he needs some of their magic fairy dust. And, on an emotional level, they’re family.
It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to fly to the UK with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months, to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week. Pictured, Harry and Meghan with the Queen in 2018
So how much “tell-all” does he really want to do? I think that’s going to be the great conundrum for him and his wife. ‘
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not join working members of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony following Trooping the Color, they will take part in other events including the Thanksgiving Service on Friday.
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Larcombe said: ‘Since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last year, we’ve seen a transition of this couple. It’s been a monumental transition.
‘They’ve swapped their wax jackets and walks with the dogs for tiaras, ball gowns and velvet, and walks down the red carpet with Tom Cruise. This is about that coming of age Prince the Prince and Princess of Wales in waiting.
Dunlop added: ‘I think we have got to give some of the credit to Harry and Meghan, because I think they forced the couple to slightly kickstart their star quality.’
Larcombe said: [It] may be the only chance we get to see a glimpse of both [Harry and Meghan] …. we can expect to see massive crowds…
‘Thousands and thousands of people that you would describe as royalists, who love the pomp and ceremony.
‘The reality is… Harry and Meghan are very divisive characters… It will be fascinating to see the reaction and mood of the public [towards them]. ‘
Dunlop added the family will be wanting to put their ‘best foot forward’ for the event and will put on a united front for the cameras.
Dunlop commented on the historic nature of the celebrations, saying: ‘It is very unlikely we will see a Jubilee like this for decades.
‘Prince Charles would need to be King for 25 years before he can celebrate his Silver Jubilee, which is highly unlikely given the fact he is already in his seventies.
‘This is a standalone moment, our first Platinum Jubilee, and perhaps it will be the last for a long time.’
It comes after Meghan Markle paid tribute to the victims of a school shooting in Texas by visiting a memorial near the site of the massacre and laying a bouquet of white ‘peace’ roses.
The Duchess of Sussex was photographed on Thursday laying the flowers at a makeshift memorial outside the Uvalde County Courthouse, not far from the scene of the senseless slayings at Robb Elementary School.
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She also stopped by an Uvalde community center that is hosting a blood drive, where she toured the facility and donated food, a volunteer there told DailyMail.com. ‘She didn’t want anybody to know who she was,’ the person said.
The duchess dropped off of two ‘large’ bags filled with sandwiches, beverages, and desserts for blood donors, reports said.
She took the trip in a personal capacity as a mother, to offer her condolences and support in person to a community experiencing unimaginable grief, her spokesperson told People.
Markle did not address the press on the visit, and it was unclear whether she was accompanied by camera crews filming content for her deal with Netflix. A Netflix spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Duchess departed by private jet several hours later.