MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s decision to take a break from royal duties could backfire with the public, one PR expert said.
Meghan and Prince Harry are on a six-week break from royal duties, as confirmed by their spokesperson in late November. But this decision, which according to one royal source will give them time to “recharge” after a difficult year, could not go down well with the public, who won’t even have a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Christmas Day, according to Eliot Wilson, head of research at Right Angles.
According to the expert, the public and taxpayers could either appreciate the new parents are allowed to have some privacy and time off or argue the jobs carried out by royals isn’t so stressful to require a break long several weeks.
He told Express.co.uk: “Either the public will react as they anticipate, agree that they are entitled to some tiny element of normality in their lives and support the idea of ‘time out’.
“Or they will see a couple who’s lifestyle is funded by the public purse, who are expected to engage in formal royal duties, and who are, despite their privilege, complaining about media scrutiny.
“A&E nurses don’t get six weeks off, some might argue.
“Nor do policemen or firefighters.
“Shaking a few hands and unveiling some plaques hardly constitutes a hard life.”
Mr Wilson believes Meghan and Harry’s break perfectly fits into their desire of having a life as normal as possible, with the right of privacy and time away from the cameras.
He said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex obviously want to plough their own furrow as a modern royal couple and parents of a young child, and feel that they have the general support of the public in forging this new path.
“They want to preserve a degree of privacy, as witnessed by the Duchess engaging Schillings in a law suit against the Daily Mail.
“Taking a break from duties and skipping the traditional Christmas gathering at Sandringham is of a piece with this approach.
“They seem to be saying: we are public figures, but we maintain we have a right to a private life, and we think the public understands and is in sympathy with that.
“Time will tell if they have judged correctly.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they won’t be spending Christmas at Sandringham this year, following the lead of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who have in the past spent twice December 25 with the Middletons.
However, the pair haven’t shared where they will be on Christmas Day nor where they are spending their break for security and privacy reasons.
But, according to the Daily Telegraph, Meghan and Harry have been for at least a few days in the US, where the Duchess met her former publicist, Keleigh Thomas Morgan.
This meeting, the publication continued, could mark the first step to expanding the Sussexes’ charitable work to the US.
A source told the Telegraph: “This is a mission that Meghan has been on for a long time.
“Even in her younger years in Hollywood, she wanted to work towards creating an international charity changing lives.
“Now that she has the platform and profile of being a British royal she can truly build this plan.
“She sees this foundation as one of the key factors in creating a legacy as a new royal and Harry is right behind her.”