Both Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, are well known in their own right, with Meghan in particular enjoying a high public profile as a result of her Hollywood acting career. However, their marriage into the British Royal Family has succeeded in boosting their public appeal and the attendant media coverage.
Many have noticed that during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s current tour of South Africa, it has been Meghan who has featured most in the media coverage.
Such has been the focus on the Duchess, that social network users on Instagram have taken to dubbing the Royal trip as the “Meghan tour” and the “Meghan show.”
Many feel that Harry has been sidelined, with one user demanding “More Harry, please!”
It is a point of view with which Royal expert Daniela Elser wholeheartedly agrees.
Meghan Markle: Meghan and Kate have been accused of overshadowing their partners (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince William (Image: GETTY)
Moreover, she is concerned that the media’s obsession with Meghan is detracting from the good work that Harry is carrying out in promoting the work of important charities.
In an article for news.com.au she wrote: “In the coming days, as Harry tours Botswana, Angola and Malawi solo there is every chance his meetings and work are liable to be overshadowed by coverage of what his wife (and adorable son) are up to in South Africa.
“We have already seen this particular scenario play very recently on September 12. That just happened to be the day that Meghan launched her SmartWorks capsule collection to near-universal acclaim. The following day, there was extensive coverage of her speech, the actual clothes and laudatory opinion pieces about her project.
“Based on column inches and internet stories you would have been hard-pressed to find much mention of the fact that the same day his wife was making a dazzling return to work, Harry was visiting a program to encourage kids to play rugby, hugging and high-fiving youngsters with only a few brief news stories about his visit.”
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