Penny finally gave up for Prince Harry, can he and Meghan continue, asks CHRISTOPHER WILSON | Royal | News


The long-awaited book they have placed their hopes on, the one that would explain their actions, thoughts and feelings for the past two years, has been ridiculed and in some places outright anger. Their dream charitable foundation, Sussex Royal, went into liquidation with the resignation of all of its directors. Meghan’s lawsuit against a newspaper appears to be floundering. She lost the first round of the proceedings and was forced to pay £ 67,000 in legal fees.

His attempt to maintain the anonymity of five friends secretly passing on selective information about his new life also seems close to failure.The couple’s lifestyle continues to be extremely expensive, with the huge annual bill for personal protection falling out of Harry’s pocket.

And Meghan’s increase in wealth since her marriage will now be subject to review by the Internal Revenue Service. He will now be asked to pay a small fortune in taxes.

If Harry starts making money in the US through lectures and personal appearances, as is his plan, he will have to pay US taxes.

Then again, their in-kind earnings – the loan of their home in Malibu, the free flights in private jets – will also be subject to the IRS ‘draconian policies.

As each day of their self-imposed exile passes, they have to wonder again and again if they made the right decision in leaving Britain last November.

Back here, Harry found he had lost the ‘power of the royal’ after teaching the travel industry how to adapt to the future.

He has established himself as an expert in “ethical” travel with his new organization Travalyst.

In his first video since the publication of the controversial Finding Freedom on Wednesday, he gave the opening speech at a virtual world travel summit, urging the industry to ‘build back better’ once the coronavirus pandemic has passed .

But former Transport Minister Norman Baker slammed Harry, saying: “I’m afraid his credibility on the subject is lacking on his own jet set, which is undermining his case.

The message is good, but the messenger is wrong – it’s like a vegetarian carnivore. ”

An online reviewer accused the couple of being “in law and seemingly deaf to the world we live in today.”

A few days ago, a photo of the couple climbing into a gas-guzzling six-liter Cadillac SUV sparked a howl of disapproval from a wider circle of royal fans online.

Can Harry and Meghan continue like this? It should be understood that Meghan found herself out of her depth when she joined the royal circle and struggled to come to terms with the protocols that surround this family, hence her desire to return to more familiar territory.

But now, in turn, Harry will find it difficult to stay afloat in a Tinseltown culture so foreign to his.

Crucially for Meghan, no studio seems to have come forward with the offer of a leading lady role, her hope and her dream. If they had, we would have heard about it. It looks like the almighty studio bosses view the couple as red carpet fodder, not bankable objects.

In Britain, they were a powerful force. But when Harry stepped away from royal duties, he broke the magical thread that binds royalty to the people.

It took a long time for the penny to fall, but Harry discovered he was not a king of the high seas but a castaway stranded on a desert island.

Financial worries, his tarnished world reputation, the loss of friends, the abandonment of all the things, places and people he loves – it’s a high price to pay for one mistake.

What this couple needs more than anything is our sympathy and understanding.

• Christopher Wilson is a royal biographer


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