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Meghan Markle was a “massive injection of support” for the Royal Family after the Duchess succeeded in winning over the crowds during the couple’s South Pacific tour in 2018, claimed a new documentary. Her ability to put young people “at ease” and interact with members of the public ensured that the Sussexes went down like “an absolute storm” in Australia and New Zealand. However, despite their success, the couple would leave the Royal Family in 2020 and relocate to California. 

Speaking to the Channel 5 documentary ‘Fergie and Meghan: Inconvenient Royals’, Richard Kay said: “They went down an absolute storm, she can put people at ease, particularly young people.

“In parts of the world, particularly Australia and New Zealand, where there’s been a lot of flirting over the years with the idea of them becoming republics, she was a massive injection of support for the Crown and for the monarchy’s longevity.”

Royal historian Dr Anne Whitelock continued: “Harry later said on that tour, the attitude to Meghan changed in the Palace, because of the way that she managed to seemingly waw the public, and potentially overshadow Prince Harry even.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex embarked on a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga in October 2018. 

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Meghan Markle became a hit as she greeted well-wishers and usually spent more than the allocated time speaking to members of the public. 

The tour saw the couple attend the Invictus Games in Australia, where they were seen cheering on the men’s wheelchair basketball finals. Prince Harry established the tournament in 2014 for wounded servicemen and women, and the couple both gave speeches at the event to congratulate the competitors. 

Meghan was praised for her speech at an event honouring the 125th anniversary of women being given the vote in New Zealand. 

She said: “In the words of your suffragette Kate Sheppard, ‘all that separates, whether race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome’.”

During the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, Prince Harry claimed that their successful trip marked a turning point in the couple’s relationship with the Royal Family. 

He said: “They were, they were really welcoming, but it really changed after the Australia tour. After our South Pacific tour. That was our first tour. It was also the first time that the family got to see how incredible she is at the job. And that brought back memories.”

When asked if he was implying jealousy, Prince Harry responded, “I just wish that we would all learn from the past”, and noted that Meghan would have been the “greatest asset” to the Commonwealth. 

The couple also claimed the Royal Family had neglected their mental health, denied their son of a title, and claimed that a senior member of the family had made a racist remark. 

Whilst the Sussexes are believed to enjoy a warm relationship with the Queen, reconciliatory talks with other members of the family, including Prince Charles and Prince William, have reportedly been unproductive. 

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