Prince Harry needs 'the fairy dust' of the Royal Family 'on a professional level', says royal expert

The Duke of Sussex is unlikely to detach from the Royal Family completely because the association helps his career, a historian has claimed

Prince Harry needs 'fairy dust' of the Royal Family for US career
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Prince Harry is aware that he still needs the Royal Family for 'professional' purposes, a royal expert has revealed. 

Prince Harry may no longer be a working member of the Royal Family, but that doesn't mean he's independent of the institution. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously withdrew as senior royals in January 2020 to pursue independent projects in North America, after growing increasingly unhappy with the politics inside the walls of Buckingham Palace

A torrent of scandalous revelations ensued after their emigration, including accusations of racism by the couple against an unnamed member of the aristocratic family. Prince Charles' and Prince William’s conflict with Harry is reportedly ongoing, having likely been exacerbated by the geographical distance between the Sussexes and the Cambridge-Windsor clan. 

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Reconciliation may be on the horizon, however, as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend grows closer with each passing day. 

Prince Harry and Meghan are expected to fly to London next week for the patriotic event, which will see royalists across the nation celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 96-year-old monarch's reign. It's understood that the couple, along with their two children, Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet, will stay at Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle for the duration of their visit. 

Harry and Meghan have kept busy with various non-royal business endeavors since moving to the US, including deals with the likes of Netflix and Spotify and setting up publishing companies in the tax haven state of Delaware. They've also carried over their commitments to charits by supporting numerous causes, including COVID-19 vaccine equity and tackling world hunger, with their Archewell foundation. 


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Holland, April 2022 

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Despite having little to do with his British relatives anymore, it's been speculated that Harry doesn't intend to cut them off altogether. 

“It can feel very lonely if the institution shuts you out. And I think Harry, more than anyone, realizes he’s walking a tightrope. Yes, he needs to make money, and yes, the Royal Family has made him feel excluded and he feels unsupported," author and historian Tessa Dunlop said on The Royal Beat this week. "But he also realizes, on a professional level, he needs some of their magic fairy dust. And, on an emotional level, they’re family.”

It remains unknown how much involvement the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but according to Telegraph editor Camilla Tominey, the couple has every right to ditch the royal rota over the course of the four-day-long event. 

"They've [The Firm] got a degree of control over Harry and Meghan while they're in the confines of Buckingham Palace and the confines of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations official, but of course, there's nothing to stop the couple freelancing and doing their own thing while they're in the UK." 

It has been confirmed that Harry and Meghan will attend the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen on Friday, 3 June, alongside the monarch's children, grandchildren, and cousins, in what is expected to be the pair's largest royal gathering together since their 2018 wedding. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.