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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's six-week leave may raise some eyebrows
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are still enjoying their break
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear to be projecting that they are entitled to some private time despite being under public scrutiny

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s six-week leave might raise some eyebrows.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still enjoying their break. According to a royal expert, this could backfire because the public could either understand or argue against their decision to take some “time out” from their royal duties.

“Either the public will react as they anticipate, agree that they are entitled to some tiny element of normality in their lives and support the idea of ‘time out’,” expert Eliot Wilson, head of research at Right Angles, said. “Or they will see a couple who’s lifestyle is funded by the public purse, who are expected to engage in formal royal duties, and who are, despite their privilege, complaining about media scrutiny.”

Wilson explained that A&E nurses, policemen and firefighters who have demanding jobs don’t get to enjoy six weeks off, so they might protest against the royals' long break. Meanwhile, the royal couple only shakes a few hands and unveils some plaques, which “hardly constitutes a hard life.”

He added that Prince Harry and Markle wanted to plough their own furrow as a modern royal couple and parents of a young child. They feel that they have the general support of the public in forging a new path. He continued by saying that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to take a break from their duties and skip the traditional Christmas gathering at Sandringham with the royal family is only part of their approach to preserve a degree of privacy.

“They seem to be saying: we are public figures, but we maintain we have a right to a private life, and we think the public understands and is in sympathy with that. Time will tell if they have judged correctly,” Wilson concluded.

In related news, Stefanie Powers criticized Markle for wanting to be a star when it’s not part of her role as a royal. According to her, the former “Suits” actress’ job is to be Prince Harry’s wife and not change the dynamics of the royals. Meanwhile, she praised Kate Middleton for being “impeccable” and not putting a foot wrong.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Markle wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on the Long Walk as they head back towards Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. Getty images/Aaron Chown
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