Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are 'stabbing the Royal Family in the back' by using their royal connections after stepping down, claims a former butler.
Paul Burrell, who worked for the Queen and Princess Diana, said that the Sussexes are wrongfully 'blurring the lines between royalty and celebrity' after fans spotted something during their recent New York trip.
Harry was spotted with a microphone sticking out of his trousers, leading to suggestions that he and Meghan were filming for Netflix following their multi-million dollar deal with the streaming service.
Although it was their first public appearance since stepping down as working royals at the start of last year, the trip wasn't the first time they've been in the headlines as of late.
In addition to the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March this year, Harry is due to release his memoir next year detailing what he claims is a "accurate and wholly truthful" account of the royal rift.
Speaking to Closer magazine regarding the Sussexes' celebrity status, Paul said: "Part of the royal fascination and popularity is that no one knows what really goes on behind closed doors.
"When Harry and Meghan share a glimpse into that life, it’s shocking and scandalous and people love to hear it.
"In playing on these connections, they are stabbing Harry’s family in the back and deepening the rift. I imagine Harry’s book will be even more shocking than what he’s said so far, as the publishers will need that."
He added that "trying to blur the lines between being royal and being celebrities" just doesn't work, and that being royal is all that makes the Sussexes interesting.
Harry and Meghan have signed a string of lucrative deals stepping down as royals.
Last year's deals with Netflix and Spotify were estimated to be worth $150 million (£110 million) and $25 million (£18.2 million) respectively.
Harry has also been appointed as Chief Impact Officer at mental health-oriented consultancy firm BetterUp.
This week, it was announced that the couple had become "impact partners" and investors of a sustainable investment firm on Wall Street called Ethic.
It is believed that the couple were introduced to the asset manager by friends but it is unknown how much they have invested or what they are being paid.
In a joint interview with Harry, Meghan told DealBook: "From the world I come from, you don’t talk about investing, right?
"You don’t have the luxury to invest. That sounds so fancy.
"My husband has been saying for years, 'Gosh, don’t you wish there was a place where if your values were aligned like this, you could put your money to that same sort of thing?'"
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