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The Real Beneficiary of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Exit From the Family

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By Zachary Holt

As of tomorrow, March 31, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be senior members of the royal family. Throughout the month of March, at least before the coronavirus pandemic took over and began to spread rapidly, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been fulfilling their last remaining duties for the royal family that included a return trip to the United Kingdom, culminating in the Commonwealth Day festivities. But with 'Megxit' almost complete, were there any beneficiaries from the ordeal? Or was there simply tragic fragmentation from the abrupt decision to leave?

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Many people would jump at the opportunity to exclaim that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the winners from the fiasco. After all, the couple stated on several occasions that they wanted to live in a life outside of the spotlight and constant harassment from the British Press.

They also desired to create their own source of income, away from the Sovereign Grant and the crown. Mission accomplished. But, it can be argued that the two had alienated enough people to have their reputation tarnished, at least for the immediate future. Much of the ill-will felt towards the couple has resulted from the manner in which they approached the 'Megxit' decision. So did the couple really benefit from their move? And if Harry and Meghan aren't the real winners here, is there anyone int he royal family who was?

Kate Middleton and Prince William Were Overshadowed by Harry and Meghan

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The short answer is 'kind of'. Certainly, this ordeal has left the royal family reeling for a sense of normalcy, especially with the Prince Andrew controversy still looming.

However, Kate Middleton is now sitting pretty on the other side of 'Megxit' as the golden 'duchess' now that Meghan's out of the picture. According to the New York Times, the Duchess of Cambridge has reclaimed the positive image that she had worked so hard to garner over the years.

Even after having weathered the media storm from Prince William and Kate's first attempt at a relationship when they were in college, Prince Harry and Meghan's marriage overshadowed them as being more charismatic and 'exotic'.

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Penny Junor, a royal biographer spoke with the Times and explained how Kate has now stepped back into a positive public opinion, even if she's not the overly flambuoyant Markle.

"There was a danger, when Meghan and Harry were first married, that they were going to eclipse William and Kate," Junor explained. "They were just more charismatic and exotic. By comparison, Kate, whom we’ve all grown to know quite well, was not the new girl on the block."

"Now," the biographer continued. "Harry and Meghan, having done what they did, have made people think, 'We quite like dull.'" And it is through those circumstances, as essentially, by default, that Middelton has regained favor from 'Megxit'.

Kate Has Become the One Clear Beneficiary of the 'Megxit' Decision

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"Perhaps the only clear beneficiary of the Harry and Meghan crackup is Prince William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton," the Times added. After drawing her share of unkind tabloid headlines when she was a student dating William, she has gotten a shower of gauzy press coverage in recent weeks."

And while the notion that someone became popular again due to others leaving isn't something to brag about, but it now provides the family with an opportunity to garner good PR and attention with much of the distractions out of the way.

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