The Palace is ‘incredulous’ over Prince Harry’s decision to give up royal life for a ‘grubby’ commercial venture with his wife Meghan Markle in California, a royal expert claims

The Palace is “incredulous” over Prince Harry ’s decision to give up royal life for a “grubby” commercial venture, a royal expert claims.

Last week it emerged that the Duke of Sussex had changed his primary residence from the United Kingdom to the United States, with the change backdated to June 29, 2023. This date was a significant one in the Sussexes’ lives as it was the same day Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were evicted from their former residence in England, Frogmore Cottage.

And now, amid the revelation that Harry’s residence had been formally changed, a royal expert claims that both Kensington Palace and Clarence House feel Harry’s part has been incredulous, with them unable to believe that he gave up royal life for a “commercial venture”.

Speaking exclusively to The Mirror, royal expert and author Tom Quinn has said: “The fact that Prince Harry has changed his primary residence from the UK to the US might not sound like much, but it’s actually a hugely significant change because it shows that Harry is shutting the door on his life in the UK – and it may well be for good. Changing his primary residence tells us Harry sees his future solely in the US with Meghan as he becomes increasingly involved with the couple’s Netflix projects and Meghan’s new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard – a purely commercial venture which claims to celebrate, ‘the joys of cooking, gardening, entertaining and friendship’.”

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He then shockingly revealed: “At Kensington Palace and Clarence House there is incredulity – no one can quite believe the fifth in line to the throne has given up being a working royal for this. For a grubby commercial venture designed to make ordinary people think that by buying Meghan’s jams and yoga mats they can enjoy the kind of celebrity life she lives in Montecito.”

This comes after the Sussexes decided to step back from royal life in 2020, when they announced they would no longer work as senior royals. Since stepping back, the couple have moved across the pond to California, with the Duchess of Sussex now gearing up to unveil her lifestyle band American Riviera Orchard.

The Mirror has contacted Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for comment.

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