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Harry and Meghan are back but can they survive royal life in 2020?


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On Tuesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to royal duties after an extended, six-week break. The openly affectionate couple, holding hands, visited Canada’s High Commission in London to thank the country for its hospitality to them during their vacation there in British Columbia.

Harry and Meghan look at the exhibition in the Canada Gallery pic.twitter.com/cmuIJk0M6I

— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 7, 2020

During their long break, Harry and the U.S.-born former TV actress enjoyed quiet family time with their son Archie in a $14 million oceanfront mansion on Vancouver Island. But behind the scenes, Harry, Meghan and his families ere expected to figure out how the couple can continue to work within “the firm,” according to Daily Beast columnist Tom Sykes .

The Duke and Duchess enjoy global stardom and are clearly ambitious to use their celebrity to make an impact as philanthropists for worthy causes. But the couple also have faced criticism for behaving too much like celebrities — with their use of private jets for vacations, their need for a $3 million taxpayer-funded home upgrade and their general flouting of royal media conventions.

That leaves them and the royal family deciding if and how they can make the couple’s ambitions work within an institution whose survival relies on the public will and on operating within certain necessary restrictions. This means that Harry and Meghan must decide whether they are “are prepared to toe the line or insist on continuing to forge their own path,” Sykes said.

At the beginning of 2020, the royal family has again found itself at a place where it faces questions about its survival. Queen Elizabeth, the monarchy’s resolute face for nearly seven decades, is 93 and reportedly handing over more and more of the day-to-day work to her son Prince Charles, who has never enjoyed her level of public trust and popularity.

But these existential questions multiplied with the disgrace of Prince Andrew over sexual assault allegations related to his friendship with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The scandal even left candidates for prime minister having to publicly respond to whether they believe the monarchy is still “fit for purpose.”

Amid the brewing Andrew/Epstein scandal, Meghan guest-edited British Vogue to mixed reviews — and reportedly without the royal family’s sanction. She and Harry also took legal action against the U.K. tabloids and complained about the stresses of royal life in an October ITV documentary. Harry moreover confirmed reports of a rift between him and his brother Prince William and Meghan suggested her in-laws had done little to help with her distress. A friend of the Sussexes audaciously proclaimed to CNN that the couple “had single-handedly modernized” the royal family.

Harry and Meghan “going rogue” with their media relations, especially with the Vogue issue and the ITV interviews, was especially upsetting to the royal family, according to reports.

“There was much general unhappiness in Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace last year at the way in which Harry and Meghan frequently flouted the unwritten rule …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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