Now that they're on their own, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are allowed to do as they please during their trip to New York City, and their new sense of freedom has the royal family concerned, claims an expert.
"Already there will be some anxiety at court ... of course they are going to be worried," historian Dr. Edward Owens, told The Express. "The royal family is obsessed by control and when they can’t control events, they are inevitably very anxious and even fearful."
On September 23, the parents-of-two visited the World Trade Center Memorial and 9/11 museum, and they were accompanied by Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians when they stopped by the One World Observatory.
The pair are reportedly bunking at the ritzy Carlyle hotel during their trip, which was Princess Diana's favorite spot in the Big Apple.
Dr. Owens noted that the royals have been growing increasingly worried over the Sussexes ever since Harry announced he would be releasing a memoir next fall.
However, the royals plan to combat any negativity the father-of-two brings "by celebrating [Prince] William, Catherine [the Duchess of Cambridge] and their young family in direct opposition to Harry’s narrative," the expert said.
"There is going to be a lot of positive attention devoted to the Cambridges and they will have their statements ready," he claimed. "Buckingham Palace will be carefully thinking about how they respond to the Harry memoir."
Owens noted that the monarchy took on the same strategy when Edward VIII left the royal family and published his own book.
"In direct response to Edward’s attention-seeking with his memoir the Royal Family did a lot more promotion of the British Royal Family, especially around the young family of our current Queen," the expert stated. "She was the antidote to Edward; she received more attention in 1948 and 1949 than she ever had before."
"The royals wanted to distract the British reading public away from Edward’s memoirs," he explained. "They thought that if they gave Elizabeth lots of good coverage that would act as a distraction."