Sussexes’ popularity ‘not what it was’ as Harry urged to be ‘jovial’ – expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s popularity is not as strong as it once was after the prince looked downbeat during his UN speech, a royal commentator has claimed.

Harry and Meghan recently attended a conference at the UN for Nelson Mandela International Day, where the prince gave a speech about topics ranging from climate change to poverty.

The appearance was one of the couple’s first celebrity events after their return from the UK, and one royal biographer has claimed that it was important to boost the Sussexes’ profile ahead of a Netflix documentary that is reportedly in the works.

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Now, royal commentator Neil Sean has claimed that the couple did not receive the reception they had hoped for, forcing a re-think about their brand.

“One of the things I find very strange about this whole concept is just how sad Prince Harry looks throughout it. Even when he was arriving it kind of looked like everything was a burden,” Neil suggested, in a video on his YouTube channel.

“The bigger problem for Harry and Meghan and their brand, and more importantly their PR team, is they’ve got to really decide how to make themselves more palatable for the public.”

Neil went on to suggest that speeches on climate change and the struggles of modern life were unlikely to resonate with an audience suffering through a cost-of-living crisis.

In fact, Neil alleged that the Sussexes had been disappointed with the turn-out for their keynote appearance.

“When they arrived at the auditorium, they expected that to be packed to the rafters, standing room only. As we can see from the pictures, it wasn’t that greatly attended,” he added.

“Is that because they limited the numbers? Is that because people weren’t interested? Either way though this has become a very harsh reality for Harry and Meghan.

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“This is really solidifying the fact that their popularity is simply not what it was 18 months ago, even a year ago.

“One of the things they would like to see change is this; they really would like to see Prince Harry showing a more jovial side, looking like he wishes to be there.”

This comes after another commentator accused Harry of copying Prince William in his UN speech, after comparisons were drawn with the Duke of Cambridge's speech to the Church of Scotland in May last year.


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