The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stepped back from Royal Family life to pursue careers not permitted within the traditions of the institution. Relocating to Meghan’s home state of California, they have secured lucrative deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify, and have waded into humanitarian and political debates.
But Dr Bob Morris claims the Firm’s focus on the heir apparent and those who are likely to rule in their lifetime sidelines the potential of the ‘spares’ within the Royal Family.
Dr Morris, of the Constitution Unit at University College London, told Express.co.uk that the monarchy has perhaps been “unimaginative in developing the careers of the spares”.
Part of this, he added, is that the institution may “rely too much on military careers”.
Prince Harry, although a prominent staple of the Royal Family since his birth, has not been seen as carrying the same royal responsibility as his elder brother, Prince William.
Prince William, who is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, will then pass the crown down to his children.
This convention in the line of succession means that Prince Harry slips further down the pecking order, and is currently sixth.
He now comes after Prince William’s children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and three-year-old Prince Louis.
But the role of the ‘spare’ is ill-defined and often will see the youngest children of the monarch, or those not next in line, turn to the…