Harry and Meghan setting up rival Royal Family and NYC visit is proof – expert

A royal commentator has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's public visit to New York City is the first example of the pair attempting to establish a rival Royal Family in their new lives.

In their first public engagement together since the birth of their daughter Lilibet, the Sussexes attended an event publicising fair vaccine distribution in the Big Apple in the US yesterday (September 23).

Hosted by the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, the couple were given a private sightseeing tour, which included a visit to the 9/11 memorial site and the UN building.

This new form of engagement comes after Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties in March last year, and relocated to the US.

Now, speaking on the Mail’s Palace Confidential podcast, diarist Richard Eden has claimed that this visit marks the beginning of Harry and Meghan’s new dynamic as a form of quasi-Royal Family.

“I think it’s a very awkward situation”, he suggested.

Host Jo Elvin continued, pointing out: “They’ve been very clear in using their titles for this visit as well, haven’t they?”

Richard agreed: “Yes, this is the first visible example of them doing what I’ve always said they would do in trying to establish a rival Royal Family.

“They are the royals across the water, and they’re embarking on this royal-style engagement to demonstrate that.”

Royal journalist Victoria Murphy also noted that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, having held onto their titles, are still establishing their new position as civilians.

She claimed: “You look at this and you see that they will feel that they’ve achieved a lot of what they wanted to achieve.

“They’ve left the Royal Family, but they are making this huge appearance – they’ve been invited by the mayor of New York – they are headliners at this big global event.

“It kind of really does cement their relevance, despite the fact that they’ve stepped back as working royals.”

But, Victoria pointed out that the royal institution in Buckingham Palace will be keen to stress that Harry and Meghan are no longer directly affiliated when they conduct trips of this kind.

“They don’t represent anything else now, they don’t represent the monarchy, they don’t represent Britain, they’re just there as individuals”, she continued.

“And I think moving forward now, we are going to see a little bit more of how they hope their new identities will be shaped.

“Are they going to almost re-package the royal model? Are they going to make all of these appearances, some small, some big and be very visible and have this kind of engagement programme?

“Or are they going to be less visible, work on long-term projects and make occasional appearances?

Despite the appearance of choice, Victoria acknowledged that it may not be so easy for the public to distinguish between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the royals.

She suggested: “But you can’t separate them from the family – they’re very much in the family – so, will people draw that distinction?

“The Royal Family have made it very clear that they don’t officially represent them and that they don’t officially represent Britain, and that’s something they’ll have to make very clear in the future as well.”

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