Harry and Meghan mixing family and business will ‘be a problem’, warns expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "are now finding out" that mixing family and business "is always going to be a problem", according to a royal expert.

The Sussexes have been at the centre of an alleged royal rift since they announced that they would be stepping down from royal duties in January this year.

They have since jetted off to Montecito, California, to start a new life but their relationship with the Royal Family continues to be strained.

Harry's relationship with Prince Charles is thought to be particularly rocky, with Harry revealing that his father had "stopped taking my calls" during the Sussexes' explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

He also said he felt "really let down" by his father's handling of the situation, and in a separate interview on the Armchair Expert podcast he criticised the Prince of Wales for failing to protect his children from the media harassment they endured from a young age.

While discussing Charles' desire to slim down the monarchy when he ascends to the throne, royal expert Neil Sean said: "Whichever way Prince Charles turns is always going to be a problem.

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"Particularly when your family is also your business, as Harry and Meghan are now finding out.

"Obviously, he has to streamline the monarchy for the 21st century and more importantly, he had no reason to wish to fallout with his youngest son.

"Whichever way, Prince Charles seemingly can't seem to win."

Charles has said since the 1990s that he wants to slim down the British monarchy when he becomes King.

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This could mean reducing the number of Royal Family members who are dependent on the Sovereign Grant and minimising the number of working royals.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie may no longer receive taxpayer-funded money nor security, and both have established their own professional careers.

The children of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex will similarly be at risk of receiving no public funding, and both could be expected to get jobs when they become of age.

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