America’s elite ‘distancing themselves’ from Meghan and Harry
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The social elite in Washington and Hollywood are “distancing themselves” from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as the couple’s popularity suffers in the US, a royal commentator has told Express.co.uk.
Citing recent polling and the Sussexes’ absence from recent events, Hilary Fordwich says Harry and Meghan have “squandered” the chance to foster diversity in the Royal Family and strengthen relations between the US and UK.
She said: “It is so sad what the Sussexes have squandered. They had almost universal support and hope for what they could bring, whether it was diversity or a Trans Atlantic relationship.
“Unfortunately they made the choice to denigrate the Royal Family.
“What we have seen is a distancing from them. Hollywood, the political and social elite are distancing themselves from the Sussexes.
“They were not invited to the Obamas’ 60th birthday party, they were not invited to the Met Gala. Why weren’t they at these social events?
“We don’t have concrete answers, but one can suggest that the political and social elites have been distancing themselves.”
Ms Fordwich added: “If you look at a recent Newsweek poll, only 39 percent of people said they view Harry positively.
“I think people like Obama and everybody else pay attention to polls. Politicians and the social elite pay attention to polls.”
Ms Fordwich was referring to data by Newsweek and Redfield & Wilton, which also showed that Harry was viewed negatively by 31 percent of those polled in the US.
For Meghan, however, her net approval rating is still negative, with 33 percent of respondents saying they viewed her favourably and 39 percent responding negatively.
Harry and Meghan’s popularity had improved in this poll compared to a survey published in February, but King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate all also saw their scores increase by 10 points or more.
The Obamas have appeared to be good friends with Harry since they first came into contact with the Duke in 2015.
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In 2016, Michelle helped promote the Invictus Games with Harry, telling ABC News that she loved meeting Prince George.
Speaking about Harry and George, she said: “The most precious thing, if you haven’t already fallen in love with him, was to see him with his nephew. Because, all throughout he [George] was like: ‘Uncle Harry, why are you so quiet?’ And I was like: ‘You [Harry] are not quiet…he didn’t understand what was wrong with you!'”
The Obamas remained friendly with the Sussexes after they got engaged in 2017.
In 2018, Michelle gave an interview to Good Housekeeping in which she gave Meghan advice on public service.
Michelle also gave her thoughts after Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
She said: “Public service, it’s a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don’t understand it nor should they.
“The thing that I always keep in mind is that none of this is about us, in public service, it’s about the people that we serve. I always try to push the light back out and focus it on the folks that we’re actually here to serve.
“The thing that I hope for and the thing that I think about, is that this first and foremost is a family and I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so they can use this as a teachable moment for us all.”
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