An 'Overshadowed' Future King: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Nigerian 'Tour' Eclipses Prince William's Royal Visits

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The Prince of Wales' 'important' royal visits were eclipsed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' Nigeria 'tour.'

May 11 2024, Published 1:33 p.m. ET

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William, Prince of Wales, launched a major initiaitve with his Homewards charity in Cornwall, England, on Thursday, May 9, but his visit was ultimately "overshadowed." Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Nigeria at the same time to begin their "tour" of the nation, which stole the focus from the future king.

This led GBN royal correspondent Cameron Walker to state: "You'd be forgiven" [for] "mistaken in thinking that the two of them were still working members of the royal family," before adding that both are "playing it out like a royal tour."

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Prince William chatting with beachgoers at Fistral Beach in Cornwall, England, May 9, 2024; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Lightway Academy College in Abuja, Nigeria, May 10, 2024.

"Harry and Meghan are no longer working members of the royal family," Walker continued. "This does appear to play out like a royal tour, even though it's not officially one. King Charles is head of the Commonwealth, and he has not had a chance to visit Nigeria yet. Prince Harry couldn't even see the King when he was in the U.K. because the King's diary was too busy a few days ago."

The royal analyst further added: "And what it's also done is overshadow Prince William's visits to the Scilly Isles, his first time as Duke of Cornwall."

Host Tom Harwood offered a glimmer of positivity for the Sussex trip by adding that diplomatic ties, be it through the monarchy or two of its outliers, "can only be a good thing" for Britain, Nigeria and the Commonwealth.

Walker replied: "There was lots of optimism when Harry married Meghan back in 2018, because they could have been a real asset to the working royals in terms of shoring up relationships with these Commonwealth nations."

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The late Queen Elizabeth II originally championed the idea of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex focusing solely on the Commonwealth.

When Harry wed Meghan on that spring day in 2018, numerous royal insiders and analysts claimed that the late Queen Elizabeth II wanted the Commonwealth to become the couple's "life's work." The pair would only tour Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Africa before ditching the monarchy in March 2020.

Walker also highlighted how the royal rebels are fashioning a more "diplomatic" delivery and aesthetic in both their outings and speeches.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not 'toured' a nation since 2019.

"I have seen a noticeable shift with Harry and Meghan in the last few months," Walker observed. "The statements we're getting from them appear to be a lot more diplomatic. For example, when they told us that Harry was not going to be seeing his father, the statement from his spokesperson that Harry was very understanding of that fact, suggests to me that he wants to build a better relationship with the working royals."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to spend three days in the African nation and prioritize tour sites connected to their "in the red" Archewell Foundation.

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One royal insider stepped forward to state that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were 'terrible' at tours.

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