Meghan and Prince Harry to use title ‘olive branch’ to recover support
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could use new titles bestowed upon their children as a PR strategy to reclaim success in the US, a royal commentator suggested. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed last week their two young children will be known as Prince Archie Harrison and Princess Lilibet Diana going forward. Royal correspondent Jack Royston argued a “reciprocal olive branch” from Harry and Meghan could help them win back the favour of the American public, acting as an “antidote” to negativity.
Royston said: “I guess it’s a good sign. You could interpret it as an olive branch that this, this kind of act of disinheritance was not performed on Archie and Lilibet.
“Obviously, they don’t have security, but they are now prince and princess.
“I wonder whether a reciprocal olive branch from Harry and Meghan might actually help to alleviate some of the fatigue that I think the American public are feeling in relation to the negative aspects of Harry and Meghan?”
Speaking on The Royal Report, he added: “In other words, if it is a good thing and a positive thing that they’ve been given these titles, such a positive thing that you want to announce it publicly so the people know, then doesn’t it make sense to actually say something positive about it?
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“To actually explain, for example, why you chose to use the titles?
“I just think that it’s an opportunity to say something positive, to provide the kind of the other side of the story, another narrative beyond the negative.”
But the decision to have Archie and Lilibet take on their titles comes after months of criticism from Harry and Meghan about the impact the monarchy has had on their life.
The couple even suggested having titles came with considerable negative aspects in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen their popularity both in the UK and the US steadily decline in recent months.
The release of their six-part Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan in December delivered the first in a series of blows to their support base, with many questioning why the couple continued to delve into their ongoing rift with the Royal Family.
And Harry’s bid to put his own experience as a royal out there with his memoir Spare was also met with considerable criticism, though became a bestseller overnight.
Data collected between November 2022 and March 2023 by pollsters Redfield & Wilton showed support for Harry dropped to -22 in the United Kingdom. Meghan’s net approval stalled at -33.
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And a February 19 poll conducted in the United States showed support for Harry and Meghan had collapsed from +38 and +23 to -10 and -17 respectively.
Royston added: “There is a growing sense in the American media now, particularly among comedians, that Harry and Meghan are, you know, some people use the phrase ‘professional victims’, that they complain a lot. So why not give us something new?
“Why not give us something slightly different? Why not say something positive?
“Why not kind of explain why it is you’re using these titles? Why it is that you think it’s a positive thing?
“And yeah, I think that would help them. I don’t think that it would be seen as a bad thing. I think it would actually help provide an antidote to the relentless negativity.”
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