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An expert has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "celebrity" status is not sustainable in the long term
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An expert has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "celebrity" status is not sustainable in the long term Credit: Getty Images - Getty

So what is the famous family up to today?

Prince Harry will be known as 'the bloke who used to be in the Royal Family', expert claims

Royal author Stephen Bates thinks the Duke of Sussex and wife Meghan Markle's "celebrity" status is not sustainable in the long term now that they have "stepped back" as senior royals.

In an interview with The Guardian, the author of Royalty Inc: Britain's Best-Known Brand insisted they will still have to answer to the royal family - despite their shock move to Canada.

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He argued: "Their association, via their name, is chiefly what they have. All this stuff about huge marketing opportunities and people talking up 'their brand' and how much it will earn them...

"Obviously their celebrity will carry them so far - but in a year or two's time, what are they going to do?"

Unhappy Princess Diana resorted to a 'fake laugh' to annoy Prince Charles during engagements, royal insider reveals

The Princess of Wales is said to have resorted to public tactics in her unhappy marriage after her husband ignored her breaking down in tears outside the Sydney Opera House in 1983. 

The revelations were made on ITV’s Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals, which aired last night. 

Royal photographer Ken Lennox recalled how he saw their relationship deteriorate from their first ever photo together, to the unhappy engagement in Australia. 

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In the first episode of the four-part series, it was revealed that a press officer blamed Diana’s tears on “jet lag and heat”. 

Her former press secretary Patrick Jephson soon began to witness Diana purposefully “laughing a lot” during joint engagements - not “because she was having fun, but to annoy her husband”.

Prince Harry 'felt constrained' in Royal Family and wants Archie to 'grow up away from pomp and royalty

Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, legendary primatologist Jane Goodall said Duke of Sussex's decision to "step back" as a senior royal "didn't surprise" her.

His wife Meghan Markle included her in the Forces for Change issue of Vogue she guest-edited last year.

Jane said: "I know that Prince Harry really felt constrained and he desperately wants little Archie to grow up away from all the pomp and royalty."

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Admitting she hadn't been following the royal updates closely, the expert hinted that the topic might have come up when she visited the Duke and Duchess at their Windsor home Frogmore Cottage last year.

She added: "I think he's a wonderful, wonderful person and we had a great interview."

Meghan Markle 'love bombed' Victoria Beckham before 'turning on her over not giving her free dresses'

When the Duchess of Sussex first moved to London while dating Prince Harry in 2017, the fashion designer is said to have taken her under her wing. 

However, it's claimed the short-lived friendship turned sour after rumours of Victoria leaking stories about the Meghan and tension over the royal having to pay for dresses. 

The Duke and Duchess crossed paths with the Beckhams when the royals lived in the Cotswolds. 

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An insider told Heat: “Victoria has had more than enough involvement with Meghan – first she was love bombed by her, via Harry, wanting to visit the store, and always looking for tips on London, and hanging out in the Cotswolds as they are neighbours there.

“Then things took a funny turn. Meghan made overtures about wearing Victoria’s clothes, but she doesn't give them out for free. She is happy to give a discreet discount to anyone that she knows personally but she doesn't give them out – that's her policy.

"That’s when Meghan turned on her, accusing her of selling stories on her – with the really awkward call between Harry and David.”

The five times Meghan Markle has upstaged Kate Middleton - and how Kate got her revenge

She may have left the country for a quieter life in Canada - but the Duchess of Sussex was still accused of upstaging her sister-in-law Kate Middleton's whistle stop tour of the UK earlier this week.

Despite the fact they were taken over two weeks ago, the former Suits actress shared new photos from her visit to the animal welfare charity Mayhew with her 11m Instagram followers on Wednesday morning, just as Duchess of Cambridge's royal engagements were getting underway.

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By the time Kate had finished her three engagements that day, Meghan and Prince Harry overtook Kate and Prince William to become the royal couple with the most Instagram followers.

Commenting on the timing of the Duchess of Sussex's post, royal expert Richard Palmer tweeted: "Wow what unfortunate timing that once again, just as a senior member of the Royal Family was heralding an important initiative, the Sussex Royal Instagram account kicked into life with some PR pictures at the very same moment."

Adorable Princess Charlotte delighted with toy flamingo as doting Kate looks on in unseen Christmas Day snaps

The four-year-old royal looked delighted with the gift handed to her by a royal fan in a wheelchair as she headed to her first Christmas Day service at Sandringham with the royal family last month.

Gemma Clark, who is in a wheelchair due to her cerebral palsy, handed Charlotte the £1.50 brightly coloured toy on Christmas Day.

The 39-year-old had travelled from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire to see the royal family - gushing at the time: "It made my day.

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"I've never seen the royal family, ever. This is my first time at Sandringham and I would love to do it again."

The flamingo was called Felicity, revealed Clark, who added: "But Charlotte may call it whatever she likes now."

Meanwhile, big brother Prince George, six, appeared slightly more shy as he stood by with dad Prince William.

The sweet snaps emerged today when Gemma's mum Pam shared the photos.

Thomas Markle admits he lied about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Piers Morgan

The 75-year-old had told the Good Morning Britain host that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had called him after their wedding to check if he was OK following heart surgery.

But Thomas has now claimed he made up that detail - and hasn't actually heard from the couple since they tied the knot.

Speaking in an explosive Channel 5 documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, the American retiree said: "Actually, on the Piers show I lied.

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"I said [that] they called me back and they were really concerned about me and I said, ‘Go on your honeymoon, don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine'.

"That was all a lie.”

He added: "So I made their image appear a little bit better."

Mystery as British doctor who ‘lodged bid to block Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's trademark’ claims it was an IMPOSTER

Dr Benjamin Worcester, 34, was named on forms objecting to the Duke and Duchess's Sussex Royal trademark application.

Harry and Meghan are keen to use the name to launch their foundation and make money from branded goods including hoodies and postcards.

And the Brit, who has moved to Melbourne in Australia, told the Sun Online today he had a "personal" reason to lodge the objection against the proposals.

When asked for more details about his problem with the royals, Dr Worcester refused to clarify, stating: "My reasoning is personal and not for public consumption."

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But in a bizarre twist, just hours later, the medic claimed an imposter had lodged the bid.

The application with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) could have meant the royal couple faced a legal battle over the trademark.

However, the IPO said this afternoon that they had been informed the notice was being withdrawn, citing Dr Worcester's imposter claims.

In other royal news, we told you how the Queen has a secret door hidden behind Buckingham Palace mirror to "make an entrance".

We also revealed all the style choices Meghan Markle can make again after ditching the royals.

And Kate Middleton paid tribute to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with £1,070 gold necklace.

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