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The symbolism of the Queen's first public appearance in almost five months will not be lost on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a royal expert has claimed.
While the monarch's attendance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Air Forces Memorial was "entirely coincidental", it still marked exactly a year to do since Harry and Meghan officially quit as working royals.
Megxit went through on March 31, 2020.
Expert Daniela Elser thinks the Queen's attendance at the memorial in Runnymede, Surrey – her first public appearance since November due to the coronavirus pandemic – serves as a "poignant reminder" of what Harry and Meghan could have accomplished.
She told News.Au: "While the timing of Her Majesty's military excursion was entirely coincidental it is impossible to ignore the implicit symbolism of her visit in relation to the Sussexes.
"During the 94-year-old's 69-year reign, the last remnants of the empire have been rightly dissolved and replaced with the voluntary union of nations that is the Commonwealth.
"Comprising 54 nations, it represents 2.4 billion people, 94% of whom live in Asia and Africa.
"The Queen's lifelong, steadfast commitment to this organisation is one of her greatest legacies and is a poignant reminder of what Harry and Meghan could have accomplished."
The Queen was last seen outside Windsor Castle in November when she wore a face mask in public for the first time during a poignant visit to the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of his burial.
Harry and Meghan announced they were quitting as working royals in a bid to become financially independent.
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They have since moved to the US, signed multi-million-pound deals with Netflix and Spotify and launched their Archewell charitable foundation.
Their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March worsened relations with the Royal family, but expert Daniela claims the pair could have "assumed a global role" without abandoning the crown.
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She cited how there had been reports in 2019 that Buckingham Palace was considering a plan to set up a home for Harry and Meghan in Africa to represent the crown remotely.
Daniela said: "They could have assumed a global role, representing not only the crown but the UK on the world stage.
"In their hands, the monarchy could have evolved, brand-wise, from symbolising entitlement and exclusion to an organisation with an international reach and focus.
"Not only would it have given them the sort of professional roles they reportedly craved, but they would also have escaped the very long shadow cast by William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and been able to build their own royal 'court'."
"They could have been Angelina Jolie and Kofi Annan rolled into one gloriously photogenic package. It would have been dazzling and it would have gone a long, long way to ensuring the survival of the royal house in the 21st century."
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
- Oprah Winfrey
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