PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 16:39, Thu, Jan 7, 2021
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step down as senior royals and live a separate, financially independent life a year ago tomorrow. Since stepping down, the couple have moved to the US, bought a house in Montecito, signed a lucrative deal with Netflix to produce programmes, started a Spotify podcast and launched their new non-profit, the Archewell Foundation. They have also spoken out numerous times on topics close to their hearts including the environment and sustainability, Black Lives Matter, women’s empowerment, being compassionate online, the US election and voting.
Every time Meghan or Harry made a video it was avidly followed by fans and the press to see what they would say.
However, a royal expert has argued that there would have been less of a focus on the couple if it had not been for the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 meant that both William and Kate royal tour and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s tour had to be cancelled.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Had they have gone ahead, it would likely have distracted some people from what was happening across the pond.
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Meghan and Harry got attention due to Kate and William's cancelled tour according to royal expert (Image: TIME / GETTY)
Charles and Camilla were also going to do a big tour in 2020 (Image: GETTY)
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers said that in a world where COVID-19 had not happened, the landscape would have been “so different”.
He suggested that there would have been some drama around the time of Meghan and Harry’s unprecedented decision, but that it would have quietened down.
The Sussexes would have popped up a few times over the next year, but there would have been less of a focus on them if the other royals had been able to do their tours and schedule of engagements.
Meghan and Harry's video with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust (Image: The Queen's Commonwealth Trust)
On royal tours, there are fantastic opportunities for photographs, conversations and exposure for great organisations.