Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Feud with the Royal Family Could "Topple" the Monarchy, Expert Says

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ongoing feud with the rest of the royal family could ultimately topple the monarchy, according to royal expert Anna Pasternak.

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  • It might be too late for the royal family to fully recover from the ongoing fallout of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit (opens in new tab) and their revelations about what prompted it.
  • According to royal expert and author Anna Pasternak (opens in new tab), "The Sussexes have sparked something so fundamentally incendiary in this country that it is changing the face of Britain, and I think the monarchy as an archaic institution may well topple."
  • Pasternak also speculates that the changing views of the royal family could lead to Prince Charles being passed over in the line of succession in favor of his son, Prince William, who is seen by the public as "younger, more relatable."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ongoing issues (opens in new tab) with the rest of the royal family could have a huge impact on the future of the monarchy.

Speaking to Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) for its May cover story, royal expert Anna Pasternak, author of Princess in Love and The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcee Who Became the Duchess of Windsor (opens in new tab), predicted that Harry and Meghan's "feud" with the royals could lead to the end of the monarchy as we know it—at least once Queen Elizabeth II's (opens in new tab) reign is over, that is.

"I’m not 100 percent sure that we will see Charles ascend to the throne," Pasternak said. "The Sussexes have sparked something so fundamentally incendiary in this country that it is changing the face of Britain, and I think the monarchy as an archaic institution may well topple."

While she believes the monarchy will remain in place until the Queen dies, Pasternak predicts that the issues the Sussexes' have raised (opens in new tab) could result in a change to the current line of succession. "It may be that there is such a groundswell of public opinion against [Charles] that it’s deemed by the firm preferable for William to ascend then because he’s younger, more relatable," she explained.

As for the Sussexes' future with the monarchy, Pasternak said that "both sides are like wounded animals" and suggested that Meghan may never return to the United Kingdom after everything she's been through.

"I truly wonder if Meghan will ever set foot on British soil again," Pasternak said.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.