The royal family has no shortage of fans; that, you can be sure of. Though the world keeps up with all of them, interest in the Sussex couple has steadily been growing, ever since Prince Harry got engaged to former actress Meghan Markle.
Their wedding last year received a global audience, and the birth of their firstborn son Archie has us following their every move. Truth be told, the royal couple is very much a celebrity couple too.
Since April, there have been reports that Harry and Meghan could relocate to Africa, in a sabbatical that would see them spend anywhere from a few weeks to close to three years on the continent. Although Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm this development, royal experts all have an opinion on it, were it to be true.
According to Katie Nicholl (royal biographer), the Sussex couple is keen on making the move a reality, with Botswana being their most preferred destination.
Although no one is sure yet on the role Meghan and Harry will play in whichever country they move to, what’s certain is that it will impact heavily on the royal family’s future. And if they indeed move for a couple of years or more, baby Archie will be the first royal to grow up outside the United Kingdom. Some history, right?
Kristen Meinzer (royal commentator) thinks that if the move does happen, it’ll be in the same bracket as all other royal Commonwealth tours. It will serve as both a diplomatic tour and a show of friendship and goodwill.
Additionally, Meinzer speculates that the move could be a bid to maintain trade relationships with the international community, especially after Brexit. This, to be honest, is in the best interests of the UK in the long run.
Hurting their reputations
However, Erich Schiffer (celebrity brand expert) feels that in moving to Africa, Harry and Meghan could be hurting their reputations. Reason? Baby Archie would be so far from the spotlight, that the Sussex couple’s fans would hate them for it.
Considering how angry the public was when the couple decided to keep the details of Archie’s birth a family secret, Schiffer may indeed have a strong point. It was not until the royal baby’s birth certificate materialized that we confirmed where he was actually born.
Of this, Meinzer thinks that the exact place the couple relocates to could be the deciding factor. If they move to a secluded area with no press access, they will undoubtedly be cut off from the rest of the world, and we’ll all miss out on baby Archie’s earliest years. If, however, they, move to a busy city, then there won’t be much of a difference.
Have you heard news of the rift between the Cambridge and Sussex couples? Many see this potential move as a chance for Harry to move away from the shadow cast by William and explore his life anew.
According to Chris Ship (royal editor at ITV), reports suggesting that there has been bad blood between Meghan and Kate are wrong. The truth, he says, is that the rift is between brothers Harry and William.