The Sussexes have embarked on a three-day charm offensive in New York City, visiting schools and giving speeches – but an insider has claimed couple may be setting up a ‘rival Court’
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are acting like “quasi-royals”, it has been claimed – apparently sparking concern in Buckingham Palace.
The Sussexes have embarked on a three-day charm offensive in New York City, visiting schools and giving speeches.
But an insider has claimed that the trip has “all the hallmarks of a royal visit” – which could worry the Palace.
Harry and Meghan famously quit the royal family – in a split dubbed ‘Megxit’ – to move to the US and carve out new lives.
They have since levelled a number of criticisms at the Firm in interviews, including claims of racism.
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But one Palace insider has alleged that the couple are still following the “royal model” – and could be trying to establish a “rival court” to Prince William and Kate Middleton.
They told the Sun : “There are going to be some very nervous glances from the Palace because Harry and Meghan are effectively following the royal model.
“The Palace will be anxious the causes they support and people they hang around with does nothing to embarrass the Queen.
“Kate and Wills show how the job of working royals is done. They won’t be impressed with Harry and Meghan acting as quasi-royals and courting publicity after claiming they quit for privacy.
Omid Scobie, the author of the biography Finding Freedom, about the Sussexes, said last month that the couple were “entering a new era of visibility”.
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He told People : “They’re a couple who do very well in those moments of human interaction. They need to be on the ground.
“They say that the proof is in the pudding, and what we are about to see is that pudding.”
The couple’s current tour saw them address a crowd of 60,000 people in the Big Apple.
They took to the stage at Global Citizen Live to push for the Covid vaccine to be made more readily available around the world to poorer nations.
Meghan said: “Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine but that’s not happening.
“It is wrong that so much of the vaccine supply has only gone to just ten wealthy nations and not everyone else, it’s just not OK.”
Harry added: “Guys, we have what we need to vaccinate the world.”
Since moving to the US last year, the Sussexes have embraced their celebrity status, by taking part in regular interviews on American television and penning deals with Netflix and Spotify.
But they have also been criticised for regular attacks on the royal family, and from some quarters for preaching to people on subjects like equality from their position of privilege.
In their latest charitable cause, they attended the Covid concert with Harry putting his hand on Meghan’s shoulder and saying: “My wife and I believe that where you’re born should not dictate your ability to survive.”
Representatives for the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace have been approached for comment by the Mirror.