PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Royal Family was presented from a more positive viewpoint with the publication of a recent biography, but the text would highlight only one specific connection that the two may have with King Edward VII and Wallis Simpson, believed one royal specialist.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to move down as senior royals have both shocked viewers and business leaders. Earlier in January the couple made their announcement and formally stood down on March 31. They have now begun their new life in Los Angeles — where Meghan grew up — but just as the dust begins to settle, some royal insiders have suggested releasing a new biography this week could rekindle tensions between the Sussexes and the Royal family.
‘Seeking Independence,’ published by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, has once again prompted rumors of a revived divide between the numerous households.
Over recent weeks, extracts from the biography detailing Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the Royal Family and start afresh were out in The Times and The Sunday Times.
By putting a fairer and more optimistic light on the pair. It can also show a connection they share with some former royals. As explained by columnist Camilla Tominey back in June.
Prince Harry & Meghan struggle
She wrote: “The pair (Prince Harry & Meghan) will face similar struggles to Wallis and Edward as they forge new identities as private citizens in the US, as they reposition themselves as ‘ex’ royals.”
Edward inherited the throne in 1936 but abdicated 11 months later when his twice-divorced American wife. Wallis Simpson, was stopped by the government from marrying him.
But, as Ms Tominey points out, after the abdication Edward and Mrs Simpson remained “in exile” in France. While the Sussexes “relaunched themselves into a world where they still have an impregnable base of support.”
The commentator added the true test for the Sussexes is that they will “emerge from the House of Windsor’s shadow”. A challenge that Edward and Mrs Simpson never accomplished.
Ms Tominey clarified that in the years following the abdication. The couple became “reduced to spill secrets in a series of misplaced memoirs. That only helped to drive a wedge between them and their royal kin.”
Others, though, also argued close to ‘Finding Liberation’ sounds.