Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. Karwai Tang/WireImage


  • Dan Wootton laughed after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released new photos after Buckingham Palace's fab four portrait
  • Wootton said the new fab four pic was "a bit of a sign by the monarchy" that the Sussexes were no longer part of the institution
  • Angela Levin felt that the Sussexes were trying to compete with the royal family and couldn't bear it when the royals got publicity

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared to be competing with the royal family, according to a royal biographer.

British journalist and royal author Angela Levin joined Dan Wootton on GB News. During her guesting, they talked about the new photos from Buckingham Palace featuring the new fab four — King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton — Saturday and the new photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released by photographer Misan Harriman Monday.

The GB News host noted that the fab four portrait released by the palace over the weekend was "fascinating" and it's a "bit of a sign by the monarchy" that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no longer part of the institution. "So what they do? They go and release their own official portrait, Angela," Wootton added while laughing.

The "Harry: Biography of a Prince" author commented that she thought Prince Harry and Markle wanted to be on a postage stamp because they looked so "serious and solemn" in their black and white photo.

"I just [think, they] did [sharing the photo] in competition with the main royal family," Levin said. "They just want to squash it down in any way they can, and it seems they can't bear it if they've got publicity and they have to do better or they don't do better. [But] they couldn't do better. It was an amazing picture and there is a whole new life now that's going to happen."

Before Wootton and Levin's discussion, several netizens reacted to Prince Harry and Markle's new photos. Many of them were suspicious of the timing because they were dropped just two days after the royal family's new fab four photo.

"Haha, just a coincidence to release this less than 48 hours after the King, Queen, Prince and Princess posted theirs...," one commented. Another wrote, "And that's the photograph taken by their buddy? We can see that they're really trying hard after King Charles released his portrait on Saturday."

"The timing of this 'new' photo is hysterically transparent. The Sussex PR is in overdrive in their relentless thirst for relevancy," a third user stated.

Neil Sean, a royal correspondent and entertainment reporter for NBC News, MSNBC, and Access Hollywood, weighed in on Prince Harry and Markle's future before King Charles ascended the throne. According to him, the royals were not inviting the Sussexes back after they stepped down from their royal duties.

"Harry and Meghan [thought that they are] invincible and the monarch won't survive without them. But as we've seen over the last 18 months, for Harry and Meghan, it's proven a very difficult transitional period," Sean said on his YouTube channel.

"Harry and Meghan ... really felt that at some point, they would have to return because they thinned down the monarchy," he continued. "[But] they have decided not to reinvite Harry and Meghan back, and it's other members of the British monarchy who are stepping forward and showing their mettle."

Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the UN General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day
Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the UN General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY