Meghan Markle and Prince Harry settled their household in the Tuscany-inspired Chateau of Riven Rock after staying at the home of actor and director Tyler Perry following their decision to quit their royal roles. The couple has been building up their presence community by attending a July 4 parade over the summer with their son Archie and frequenting local shops and restaurants. Their attempts to fit in have also won the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a new nickname in the Montecito Journal.
In an article reporting on changes to the couple’s ranking on the Royal Family’s website following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the paper noted Harry and Meghan’s new home address has inspired a new sobriquet for the pair.
The article read: “Links taking readers to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had previously been placed halfway down the page – below other senior royals and above others.
“But the webpage was updated after the death of Queen Elizabeth last month, with the Riven Rock twosome having now been moved below the likes of Princess Alexandra, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, relatives of the late King George V.”
The nickname is one of a list Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been labelled with since they stepped down from royal duties in 2020.
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Author Giles Brandeth claimed in his latest book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, royal staff has taken to avoid mentioning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and instead uses an apt description when discussing the pair.
Mr Brandeth wrote: “Whenever the names of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex come up in court circles, courtiers flinch and change the subject or refer to them as ‘persons who live overseas’.”
He also suggested that if “Harry and Meghan are mentioned to members of the royal family, they simply smile briefly and say ‘we wish them all the best’ and nothing else.”
The Sussexes’ relationship with the Royal Family has been frosty since before they announced their plan to seek financial independence away from the monarchy.
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He then took aim at the Royal Family and the media coverage of the couple: “There’s a hierarchy of the family, you know, there’s leaking, but there’s also planting of stories. It’s a dirty game.”
The first three episodes of the six-part series are due for release on December 8, with the latter part of the project dropping on the streaming platform on December 15.
Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti forecasted the main theme of the project predictably will be Harry and Meghan facing “great hardships”.
He told Express.co.uk: “So far the trailers suggest the programme will be entirely as predicted: a semi-scripted style documentary in which no challenging questions are asked of those interviewed.
“It seems the show will pursue the idea that the couple suffered great hardships and portray them as victims of racism, and worse, within the Royal Family.
“I think that’s what we’ve all expected since they announced the deal with Netflix. The trailers so far haven’t disappointed.”
Mr Sacerdoti added: “The funny thing is that if one set out to make a comic, spoof version of the Meghan and Harry reality show, it’d look the same. I think that’s what they describe as ‘beyond parody’.