The documentary called Harry and Meghan: An African Journey received mixed reviews from fans and critics as he royal couple discussed their struggles in the limelight. In one particular interview with family friend and journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan discussed how she struggled with the limelight and the constant media attention surrounding her in the UK.
Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter said the film featured “perhaps the most insightful interview that we’ve had from a member of the royal family since Diana’s famous 1995 Panorama interview which she really laid her emotions bare”.
However, Ms Arbiter revealed that she thinks the couple’s dream to move to Africa for good was just a “lovely idea”.
She said despite the couple’s urge to move away from the UK and the British media, it is unlikely.
The couple hinted at moving to Africa in the future but the dream may not be as realistic as they think.
Ms Arbiter said: “In the documentary, Meghan talks about the grass always being greener, but there are logistics that come into play when you’re a member of the royal family.”
The royal expert then pointed out the financial difficulty that comes with a royal moving abroad.
She said: “Some of them are a little bit more obvious, so they move to South Africa, so who pays for their security there?
“Yes, they’re both independently wealthy and they could support themselves there, but is the South African taxpayer suddenly paying for their security, or is the British taxpayer paying for that?
“Neither party are going to be particularly happy.”
Ms Arbiter said there may also be issues with favouritism among the UK royal family if Harry and Meghan are allowed to move abroad to Commonwealth nation.
She continued: “Harry and Meghan’s first responsibility is to the 16 nations for which the Queen is head of state – South Africa’s not one of them.
“It is a Commonwealth nation, but then there are 53 total members of the Commonwealth, so then there’s accusations of favouritism if they’re spending time in South Africa.”
Ms Arbiter said the couple’s only other option is to renounce their royal titles and their royal life.
She said: “Harry has long talked about his passion for the continent as a whole; he’s clearly very happy there; he went there to heal following his mother’s death – it is somewhere they can spend a lot of time, but live there full-time?
“That’s just not going to be OK unless, of course, they renounce all of their royal privileges, their royal titles, everything to do with their life as a member of the royal family – I don’t see that happening, either.”
There is a high level of support for the Sussexes across the UK and the US.
But others said “shouldn’t get to whinge and whine” due to their immense wealth and privilege.
However, Ms Arbiter said despite their wealth, the couple were not happy.
She said: “Riches, fame, wealth, global adoration – and yet, they weren’t happy inside.”
Meghan said in the documentary that she had tried to be more reserved but that she was unsuccessful.
Ms Arbiter said: “In the UK, we’re taught very much not to air our dirty laundry, that we put on a brave face, and that particularly has always been applied to members of the royal family.
“Their job, really, is to protect the institution of monarchy, to protect the Queen and all that she stands for as head of state, so when we suddenly see royals speaking out like this, it makes everyone wobble a little bit.”