To those on the outside, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new life in the US may appear like a fantasy. But three years after the couple and their kids, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, moved into their estate in Montecito, California, their new occupations have taken some unexpected twists.
Due to the couple’s work ethic, a Spotify executive attacked them after their Netflix contract didn’t turn out as expected. Despite this, Harry and Meghan have amassed a sizable fortune. Their main objective has been to live a more tranquil life and raise their kids in the best setting they can, away from paparazzi cameras.
The couple’s decision to raise their children in the US is drawing criticism, though. Archie and Lilibet will grow up in a setting that might have tragic repercussions, according to a royal expert.
Undoubtedly, relocating abroad involves a significant adjustment. It can be difficult to adjust to new surroundings, a new language, a new culture, and, particularly for young children, the necessity of saying goodbye to some close friends.
Archie and Lilibet are a part of Harry and Meghan’s new lives.
However, when the children are too little to understand, moving to another country—or continent—can be beneficial because it will provide them a fresh start. In Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s case, they chose to leave the royal family and relocate to the US, where they have since built a whole different, more private existence than the bustling royal one.
Archie, their firstborn child, was born in the UK, while Lilibet, their daughter, was brought into the world in Montecito, California, where they now reside.
The couple’s neighbours include celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey and they reside in a large home known as “Fort Knox.”
While Meghan spends more time in Los Angeles, Harry has occasionally been seen playing polo in Santa Barbara. Reports indicate that Meghan is eager to meet more people in Los Angeles, though it’s not entirely clear with which celebs they typically hang out. The Duke and Duchess don’t seem to be as well-liked as originally believed, though.
The couple’s earnings from their Netflix and Spotify deals have reportedly totalled about $125 million, but this year has seen several low points.
Along with Harry’s statements in his book Spare, which was published in January, the couple came under fire for deciding to give their children royal titles while leaving the royal life.
The Rev. John Taylor, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, baptised Lilibet in March. Together with her brother Prince Archie, she was made Princess Lilibet Diana. Harry and Meghan claimed in a statement that they view the titles of prince and princess as part of their “birthright.”
Archie and Lilibet get titles as royalty
Around 20 to 30 guests attended the private christening at the Sussexes’ home in Montecito, California.
Since their grandpa became king, the children have been entitled to their titles by birth. According to Buckingham Palace, this situation has been resolved for some time, a couple spokesman stated.
Many people are perplexed by Archie and Lilibet’s new status as prince and princess. During the now-famous Oprah interview, Meghan discussed the subject.
“They were saying they didn’t want [Archie] to be a prince or princess, not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol,” she recalled.
It was recognised that Harry and Meghan did not want to deprive their kids of their birthrights. Instead, it seems that they wanted Archie and Lilibet to have the freedom to choose whether they want to keep or lose their titles as they age.
Most likely, Archie and Lilibet won’t utilise their royal titles on a regular basis. Instead, they will likely only be used in official situations.
Harry and Meghan are perfectly within their rights to acknowledge the royal titles of their two children, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.
In an opinion piece for Sky News Australia, royal analyst and novelist Angela Levin discussed the choice and warned that it would have unintended consequences for Archie and Lilibet’s futures.
“Everyday life will become more difficult”
Levin contends that Lilibet now carries a heavy responsibility as a result of her parent’s choice.
Little Lilibet won’t fully understand the weight her parents have placed on her shoulders until she is much older, Levin predicted.
She continued, saying that by conferring a princess title on their daughter, Harry and Meghan had “glued her to the British Royal Family,” the same institution they have long criticised.
Why in the world would you want your daughter to go through such suffering? Lilibet’s daily existence will be more difficult because she has the title of princess next to her name, Angela Levin questioned.
The royal expert said, “Lilibet being the only student in the class who is a real princess could lead to jealously that could easily be avoided. Little girls definitely love being a princess at celebrations.
Since Harry and Meghan departed the UK on their “Freedom flight” to Canada and the US, the tension between them and the royal family has persisted. Harry’s book, the Netflix series, and the couple’s interviews—including the now-famous Oprah interview—didn’t help. However, a source for People Magazine claims that Meghan has “moved on” from the controversy and is now concentrating on creating a “new life with their children.”
Without a doubt, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet reside in what some would refer to as paradise. For those who like the sun, the climate in California is undoubtedly better than that in the UK. Moreover, the community is “a good environment to be educated in,” according to local resident and Montecito Journal columnist Richard Mineards. Archie and Lilbiet are likely to attend local private schools, based on reasonable guesses.
Lilibet and Archie are unlikely to enrol in prestigious British schools like Eton, where Prince George is rumoured to start his schooling in three years.
Due to safety concerns, Archie and Lilibet cannot attend UK schools.
However, even if Archie or Lilibet attended a school in the UK, neither Harry nor Meghan would approve of it. And there’s a really tragic reason why it is.
Journalist Allison P. Davies described a chat she had with Meghan in an article for the New York magazine, The Cut. The Duchess claimed that she was worried about Archie’s safety and did not want him to attend school in the UK.
Meghan would be worried about the security of both Archie and herself.
If Archie were enrolled in school in the UK, she said, “she’d never be able to do school pickup and drop-off without it being a royal photo call with a press pen of 40 people snapping pictures,” according to Davies, as quoted by Yahoo.
I’m sorry, but I have a problem with that, Meghan said to Allison. That doesn’t make me a privacy nut, though. That makes me a capable and strong parent who is defending my child.
The Duke and Duchess have previously expressed fears about their safety. Harry previously expressed concern for his son’s safety in the UK and described the paparazzi culture as a “rabid feeding frenzy.” Children are not given a choice or a voice.
“We lived at [friend] Tyler Perry’s house for the first three and a half months,” Harry added. “It was crazy with the helicopters, the drones, and the paparazzi cutting the fence. And the answer from the general public was, “What do you expect if you live in LA? “We didn’t intend to live in LA, to start with. This is a search area for potential homes. Second, how unfortunate that if you reside in Los Angeles and are a famous person, you simply have to anticipate that.
gloomy assessment of Archie and Lilibet’s future by a royal expert
Archie and Lilibet will nevertheless have a pretty opulent upbringing despite not growing up in the royal environment. With their new royal titles, they are even more exposed, and author and royal expert Tom Quinn predicts that the kids may soon feel “horribly trapped.”
Quinn predicts that the society in which Archie and Lilibet will grow up will be in opposition to the “American Dream.” According to Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family’s author, Archie and Lilibet’s affluent upbringing goes against the American Dream, which holds that anybody can succeed no matter where they come from.
The two young children’s lack of exposure to the notion that one’s heritage doesn’t matter may come back to haunt them.
“I can see Lilibet and Archie getting teased at school and perhaps bullied because people tell them, ‘Oh, you’re a prince and princess,'” the author said. You’re awfully stuck, he said to Express.
It wouldn’t be the first time a child prince or princess struggled in school, Quinn continued. When King Charles entered at Gordonstoun, a prominent Scottish boarding school, at a young age, he actually had a bad time.
Charles first believed that as the heir to the throne, he would be treated with respect when he arrived in Gordonstoun. The royal expert continued, “In actuality, that meant he was bullied much more than the other guys.
“We appreciate these things more highly here than in America. People may first think it’s wonderful if you are born into these circumstances, but eventually the novelty wears off, and you have to figure out what to do with your life.
That’s the question, Tom Quinn said in conclusion. Harry will also be asked about it.
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