Meghan Markle Might Stop Talking About Politics to Help Prince Harry's Relationship with the Royal Family

According to royal historian Robert Lacey, Meghan Markle may pull back on her political comments for the good of Prince Harry's relationship with the royals.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have been living their best lives since their royal exit earlier this year. And, for Meghan especially, that has meant speaking out more about the issues (opens in new tab) that matter most to her.

Before their royal exit, Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab)—like all working royals—were prohibited from voicing any kind of political opinion. The royal family maintains a strict policy of political neutrality. Since the royal exit, however, Harry and Meghan have encouraged their American fans to vote (opens in new tab) in the upcoming presidential election and Meghan has spoken out (opens in new tab) about issues related to social causes like Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab).

According to royal historian and biographer, Robert Lacey, Meghan's recent speeches may affect Harry's relationship with the rest of the royal family (opens in new tab).

"I think when William sat down with Harry and said there could be problems, I think events have proved him right," Lacey, who authored the new royal biography, Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult (opens in new tab) about Harry's ongoing feud with his brother, Prince William, explained during an interview for True Royalty's The Royal Beat (opens in new tab).

Lacey predicts that Meghan may actually pull back on these kinds of speeches and engagements in the future, however, for the sake of Harry's relationship with his family.

"I think that [Meghan] has come to realize how [some of her] speeches risk her husband's relationship with the family and perhaps she may pedal back on some of these more extreme positions," he said on the program, according to The Sun (opens in new tab).

Of course, only time will tell how much Meghan (and Harry, for that matter) talks about political and social issues going forward.


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Kayleigh Roberts
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