Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were 'convinced' they had 'Princess Diana's magic' on royal tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are claimed to have attributed royal tour success to 'Diana's magic'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Princess Diana
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were 'convinced' they had 'Princess Diana's Magic' on royal tour, according to royal biographer.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are understood to have put their Australian royal tour success down to 'Princess Diana's magic'.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid a visit Down Under back in 2018, when they embarked on a 16-day tour of Australia, with visits to New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.

During this royal engagement, in which they reportedly had a secret double date, the Sussexes visited several landmarks including Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House and attended the Invictus Games - to be met with a huge warm welcome from locals.

But it's understood that their successful tour sparked the idea that Prince Harry and Meghan could follow in his late mother's footsteps to become the public's favourite royals, in future engagements.

According to royal biographer Tom Bower, who has written a new book called Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors, Prince Harry and Meghan felt they could take the monarchy to a new age.

Extracts serialised across The Times, Telegraph and The Sun newspapers, he writes, "The Sussexes had convinced themselves that their Australian success blessed them with Diana’s magic.

"Meghan could not understand that Diana had won the public's affection after years of work.

"Neither she nor Harry could grasp that emulating Diana required time, to weave a narrative and create a brand from which influence would flow."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Mr Bower claims the trip kicked off with big news with claims Meghan told some members of the royal family she was pregnant with their first child during Princess Eugenie's wedding reception in October that year. 

News of the pregnancy was confirmed by Buckingham Palace who issued a statement which read, "Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that the Duchess is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019."

It continued, "Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."

Archie was born in May 2019.

Further adding to the 'Princess Diana magic' which saw her gain huge support during her royal tour of the country back in 1983 alongside Prince Charles, Prince Harry is claimed to have told Meghan that she 'resembled' his late mother. 

And Mr Bower added that Meghan also believed her "activism would enhance the brand" of the Sussexes to gain similar opportunities as Barack and Michelle Obama.

But in 2020 the couple announced they would be stepping back as working senior members of the royal family.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)