In the face of public denunciations from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it is imperative for King Charles to steadfastly occupy the moral high ground, according to insights from a royal historian. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex relinquished their royal duties in 2020 and have since launched vehement criticisms at the Royal Family, including the King and the Prince of Wales.
Dr. Ed Owens, the author of “After Elizabeth: Can the Monarchy Save Itself?” shared his exclusive thoughts with GB News, shedding light on the approach the monarch should adopt in addressing the attacks coming from his own kin, his son and daughter-in-law.
Owens emphasized, “The crux of the matter lies in how he is perceived by his own subjects.”
“The King's paramount objective is to uphold a positive image in the eyes of the British populace. To this end, the most straightforward remedy is for him to strive and sustain the moral high ground.”
“To date, he has admirably succeeded in this endeavor. He has made his stance unequivocal, sometimes covertly and at other times by means of narratives disseminated by the palace. It is abundantly clear that he earnestly wishes to keep the door ajar for Harry and Meghan should they contemplate a return.”
According to Owens, King Charles has vested the responsibility for resolution squarely in the hands of the Sussexes.
He expounded, “He is manifesting his readiness to reconcile and, ultimately, the onus rests with them to determine whether they are inclined to ameliorate the schisms that have torn asunder their relationship with the broader Royal Family.”
“The King has adeptly upheld the moral high ground, projecting himself as a peacemaker. This is the most efficacious strategy to preserve his stature as a public figure.”
Owens proceeded to draw a parallel between public opinion polls measuring the popularity of King Charles and the duke and duchess.
“Let us scrutinize the public sentiment surveys. It becomes evident that the popularity of both Harry and Meghan has considerably waned,” noted the royal author.
“Even among the younger demographic, where they previously commanded substantial favor prior to their departure from the UK, the King's approval ratings have ascended.”
“Therefore, with regard to this matter, he is presently pursuing the correct course of action.”
“As for whether there exists any further recourse available to him, his options are somewhat limited. Extending specific concessions to Harry and Meghan, as they have requested, such as an apology from the Royal Family for the treatment they received, would essentially imply an acknowledgment that the Royal Family gravely erred in the initial instance.”
“I do not believe that the King or other members of the Royal Family accept unreserved blame for this situation; it is evident that a portion of the responsibility also lies with Harry and Meghan. Hence, I do not consider this a viable option at present.”