Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed for trying to have it both ways and "exploiting their titles" to make millions.
The couple have famously removed themselves from day-to-day royal life and set up home in California, returning any taxpayer money they owed and no longer accepting money from the royal estates.
And despite claiming to have fled the UK to avoid attention, Harry and Meghan have signed up to make and star in Netflix shows in a five-year deal reported to be worth around £112 million.
But despite trying to distance themselves from UK life, Harry and Meghan have retained the royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex – something many have criticised as a cynical ploy to "exploit" their status and keep the mega-money gigs rolling in.
John Smith of anti-royal pressure group Republic said: "They are trying to exploit their status and titles for their own personal gain as far as I can see.
"The fact that they have got this deal, I can’t imagine why Netflix thinks it’s a good idea, but good for them if that’s what they are doing…The problem is that they haven’t made a clean break, they still want to cash in on their status and on their titles as Duke and Duchess," he added.
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CHARLES AND DIANA'S SPLIT 'SHAPED HOW HARRY THOUGHT ABOUT MARRIAGE'
Charles and Diana's split and divorce shaped how Prince Harry thought about marriage, a royal biographer claims
In his book, Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal historian and biographer Robert Lacey explains how Charles and Diana's split influenced the Duke of Sussex's approach to marriage.
“We thought the disorder, chaos and tragedy of the '80s and '90s involving their parents were over. Now [it's all] come back to life in the shape of these two boys,” Mr Lacey told Page Six.
“Harry's attitude was: 'I'm marrying for love. And he's been so happy and proud to proclaim he loved Meghan virtually from the moment he met her in 2016. That impulse has guided him,” the historian said.
- John Hall
PRINCE HARRY REACHED OUT TO ASHLEY BANJO AFTER BLM-INSPIRED ROUTINE
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reached out to Ashley Banjo after Diversity performed a Black Lives Matter-inspired performance on Britain's Got Talent.
The 36-year-old Duke discussed racism and unconscious bias with BLM activist Patrick Hutchinson in an interview for GQ magazine.
The performance received more than 24,000 complaints after the routine but Harry said the UK needs to “truly celebrate” diversity.
“You talk about unconscious bias to start with, which you and I both know is a huge thing globally,” the Duke told Patrick.
“But, yes, it exists in the UK as well. But I think with the Ashley Banjo stuff, we – Meghan and I – spoke to him shortly after that whole process, that whole moment in his life and Diversity's life.”
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HARRY: 'I DIDN'T KNOW UNCONSCIOUS BIAS EXISTED UNTIL I WALKED IN MEG'S SHOES'
Prince Harry admitted he didn't know unconscious bias existed until he was 'living a day or a week' in Meghan Markle's shoes.
The Duke spoke about racism in an interview for GQ magazine and said that his education didn't equip him to understand the issue.
“Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.
“And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes,” he admitted.
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MEG'S OLD PAL
This comes as Meghan's old pal Jessica Mulroney shared a cryptic post about her 'true friends' after the 'white privilege' row.
The Duchess of Sussex was said to have ditched Jessica after she was at the centre of a Black Lives Matter row in June.
The celebrity stylist took to Instagram yesterday to write: “Thank you to our true friends for sticking by us. We could never have made it without you.
“Silver lining: we finally know the a******s who we thought were our friends. Best gift we could
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'GET IT OVER WITH'
Harry and Meghan have been urged to “rip the band-aid off” in seeing the Royal Family again and 'get it over with'.
Royally Us co-host Molly Mulshine told the Express: “They didn't spend the holidays with the Royal Family last year because it was at the height of their dramatic moment right before their exit.
“They also have to be in the UK in January for Meghan's court trial. That will be a big decider, I'm told.”
She added: “They should rip the band-aid off sooner rather than later because everyone will read into it, and there will be millions of articles about their body language.
“It seems like something they should just get over with.” have ever been given.”
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