With Meghan Markle due to give birth any day, a new report says the British royal family is scrambling to try to contain her popularity amid worries she could become “bigger than [Princess] Diana.”
And so they’ve determined to keep her and Prince Harry as far away as possible from the media and also from Prince William, after a split between the brothers and spats involving their wives.
“There have been various ideas floated for them to take on a job abroad, such as governor-general of Australia or Canada, wherever,” a palace source told The Sunday Times of London.
But sending the couple to Canada was “mooted, then booted” given that Meghan spent seven years there and would be close to the US and tabloid coverage, according to the story.
Shipping Harry to Australia was also nixed, it said.
“The trouble is that you effectively set them up as king and queen of a whole separate country,” according to one source.
“And 24-hour media means that Australia is not as far away as it used to be.”
Also under consideration is Africa, where Harry set up a charity in 2006 in Botswana — where he and Meghan fell in love on a trip — and which he refers to as his “second home.”
Either way, the palace braintrust prefers for the couple to move abroad.
“In some ways it would suit William to get his brother out of the country for a few years and Meghan as far away as possible,” said one friend of the brothers.
But going off is not necessarily what Harry and Meghan want.
Indeed, they see their move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate as much an exile as an escape, the paper reported.
“Meghan and Harry feel they have been cut adrift,” one ally said.
“They sent them down to Frogmore to try to keep them out of the limelight for a bit. This is doomed to fail. They are worried that Harry and Meghan are going to establish a totally separate enterprise that nobody can get under control.
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SOURCE: Page Six, Brad Hamilton