MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry would be asked not to give up their position within the Royal Family because of the "vital" roles they play in fostering good relations with the public, royal commentator Juliet Rieden has claimed.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in October opened up about the struggle they have faced because of growing public scrutiny over their conduct as members of the Royal Family since their wedding in 2018. The candid confessions sparked concern the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could choose to opt-out from royal duties in the future to allow their young son Archie to live a normal childhood. Asked whether Meghan and Harry could quit the Royal Family, commentator Juliet Rieden told Nine News Australia: "I don’t think we can say for sure that they never will renounce their duties.
"Certainly the Royal Family would not want them to, of course. They are very valuable to the Royal Family, they are wonderful ambassadors – I saw them both here in Australia, the public reacts to them incredibly well. "They are very, very popular and they are very engaging when you meet them. I have been watching the Royal Family for a long time now and Harry and Meghan have a very tactile connection with the public." Ms Rieden continued: "I don’t just mean they hug people but they really connect with people, people really listen to them, people respond to them really well, they relate to them and they want to meet them. The royal commentator suggested the different approach Meghan and Harry have adopted when out on official engagements "benefits" the Royal Family but insisted the Duke and Duchess will have to focus on adapting their position to their personal needs.
She continued: "That warmth is something that really benefits the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan just have to find a way to make it work for them. "It’s just like with anyone in a new job – you have to find a way to do your best but also make your skills shine." After discussing the struggle they have faced, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry oversaw Buckingham Palace announce the couple would take some time off from work to spend time with their son Archie. In a statement, the Palace said: "Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess' mother Doria.”
A spokesman for the couple said the decision "is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the royal family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen." Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge also skipped Christmas celebrations at Sandringham on several occasions, including after having announced they were expecting Prince George in 2012 and again after the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015. While the Duchess of Sussex has stepped out of the public eye, sources close to the royals insist she has been working behind the scenes. The Duchess is said to be continuing her work for the Sussex Foundation, the charity she and Prince Harry established earlier this year