Royal author Angela Levin said the couple are now approaching a “significant crossroads in their married life” and must choose between being celebrities or members of the royal family. She said: “While their own relationship seems hunky-dory, the type of royal role they want to pursue appears increasingly confused: dutiful public servants or globe-trotting celebrity A-listers?” Ms Levin spent 15 months accompanying Prince Harry to royal engagements and was invited to Kensington Palace by the Duke of Sussex for a “chat”.
During Ms Levin’s meeting with Harry he explained in detail the difference between being royal and famous.
He also explained that he felt he had a sense of responsibility towards helping his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
He said: “If you’re born into [the Royal family], as we were, I think it’s normal to feel as though you don’t really want it.
He also said he felt different to those who had risen to fame through their own talent.
He added: “They have a talent. We don’t.
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“We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.
“It’s a narrow line between the two, but I am not going to cross it and go down the celebrity route.”
Ms Levin said in The Daily Telegraph that Harry was dating Meghan at the time when she was still working as an actress in Suits.
She also said the Sussexes may have “crossed that celebrity line” this month.
She said: “Many people may feel that this month’s private-jet-setting – four flights in 11 days on private planes, while the Cambridges, who are further up the royal ladder, took their brood on a budget airline – has rather crossed that celebrity line.”
Ms Levin also said that Harry and Meghan must navigate their own royal journey but that she can’t imagine the Duchess taking a back seat.
She said: “One can’t imagine Meghan quietly taking a back seat, she is bursting with projects and ideas of all sorts, and Harry’s hard-partying days are far behind him.
“Both are ambitious, passionate philanthropists; their challenge is to use their fortunate position to make change, without appearing to take advantage of it.
“There is no doubt that their intentions are good, but the optics, of late, have been unfortunate.”