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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem ‘out of touch preaching from ivory tower’
August 12, 2021
Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday video showed "super luxury wealth" in an "ivory coloured tower" and failure to play this down shows how out of touch she is with the people she says she wants to help, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex made the video from the family's Californian home to push a new charitable initiative where celebrities and successful people give 40 minutes of their time to mentor women looking to get back into the workplace.
Meghan is talking to her friend, the US actress Melissa McCarthy in the video while Prince Harry also has a cameo role where he juggles balls by a window.
The initiative has had mixed reviews and royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti has said it looked like a "haughty message of superiority, rather than one of real compassion."
Jonathan pointed to the way that everything in the room where the video was made was colour coordinated and there was no effort to disguise their immense wealth.
He told the Daily Express: "She was surrounded by not just expensive things but literally marks of super-luxury wealth, from the throw over one of the chairs to the two necklaces she was wearing, one for each of her children’s star signs, to the giant crystal on her desk, to the desk itself."
Which the royal expert said would be fine if they weren’t trying to portray themselves as modest people.
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He went on: "It seems a little strange to be sitting in that sort of ivory coloured tower, let's say, preaching to everybody else that they should be giving up 40 minutes of their time to help those in need.
"I don't think that it was the best messaging for what was a worthy cause."
Sacerdote felt that the Sussexes had probably had advice from a brand consultants but that it is very tough from a position of considerable privilege to appear compassionate.
He continued: "I think there's a divide between what Meghan and Harry say what Meghan and Harry, do especially when it comes to that word compassion that they appear to use constantly, both in their written statements and on their website, and elsewhere."