Harry and Meghan ‘will never have fame they did as royals’ claims expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be celebrities stateside but they'll never reach their level of global stardom as ex-royals, according to a palace journalist.

Ashley Pearson told Channel 5 documentary Meghan at 40: The Climb to Power that the fame and goodwill Harry and Meghan achieved touring the world as spokespeople for the British state will never be matched across the pond.

She said: "They have struck a number of deals – we know Netflix, they had a podcast, a deal with Spotify.

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"Meghan has had a children’s book released, Harry has taken on a job in mental health at a big start-up in Silicon Valley.

"However none of that will ever have the attention of then worked the way their tour of South Africa did.

"[Or] the way their wedding did.

"They will not be meeting with heads of state. They will not be having a global platform from which to have a voice!"

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Pearson explained a charitable foundation would help Harry and Meghan rebuild their popularity, but it won't help them stand out in a Hollywood ecosystem where all celebs support good causes.

She added: "There is no way they won’t have keenly felt the difference between being a celebrity and being a royal."

Royal expert Tom Quinn also told the programme Meghan's insistence on rebranding the couple as SussexRoyal was the clearest sign yet of the couple's embrace of America.

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He said: "They wanted to be Sussex Royal! Again this is an American culture thing coming in via Meghan.

"She, having crossed the Atlantic, began to think 'we have got to be a brand'."

Meghan and Harry were told to drop the title and instead replaced it with the more neutral "Archewell".

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