When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to move to the U.S., Americans were supposedly excited to have some royals on their turf. Now that the pair have settled in Montecito, Calif., their popularity has plummeted, expert Daniela Elser claims.
"When they landed in Los Angeles in March last year their value as a highly bankable, rare commodity was peaking. Their brand was on the ascendant," she wrote for News.com.au. "They’d told the sovereign where she could stick her crown, something Americans have had a penchant for since the War of Independence, and were eager to make a name for themselves in the commercial world."
"They might have been ready and open for business but the nation was not," she continued. "Fast forward to this year and with the U.S. reopening and life returning to normal and something of the novelty value of a real-life Duke and Duchess in Tinseltown’s midst is no longer quite what it once might have been."
Last year, the former actress, 39, and the dad-of-two, 36, decided to step down from the royal family. Then, they revealed they would be moving to the West Coast to start a new chapter.
"There is no question that Harry and Meghan have now joined the ranks of global celebrities," Richard Eden said on Palace Confidential. "But I think that does keep them separate from the Royal Family. We saw it at the charity concert in L.A. that they attended. They were listed on the billing as Harry and Meghan."
Now that they are all adjusted to living in their $14 million home, it seems like the two are happy with their new life.
“Making this move is really scary, like at every possible opportunity the forces that were working against us tried to make it impossible," Harry said. “Did I expect to find ourselves in this situation so quickly? No. I think we’ve done a really good job. I have no regrets, it’s incredibly sad, but I have no regrets at all because now I’m in a place where I feel like I should have been four years ago.”
“I’ve learned more about myself in the last four years than I have in the 32 years before that. I have my wife to thank for that,” he added. “I have no doubt my mum would be incredibly proud of me, I’m living the life that she wanted to live for herself … living life as she wanted us to be able to live. So not only do I know she’s incredibly proud of me, but that she’s helped me get here and I’ve never felt her presence more as I have done over the past year.”