A series of media appearances championing causes dear to the Sussexes represents a "stealthy strike back" by the Royal Family, a royal expert has claimed.
Daniela Elser highlighted several media appearances featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge backing causes which had previously been close to Harry and Meghan.
These include racial justice, gender equality, and the endorsement of the Democratic establishment in the United States.
The alleged "strike back" comes after the Sussexes appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in a heavily edited photo that drew a lot of attention on social media.
Elser claims that far from business as usual, these appearances are a "series of painful blows in a festering PR war" between the Sussexes and the Royal Family, including the Cambridges, calling it a "philanthropic land grab" in her column for news.au.
She goes on to argue that as the USA starts to reopen and the Sussexes start back to work in earnest after the brith of their second child Lillibet, and this push from the Palace could see them excluded from many of the charitable organisations they had previously staked out.
Although Elser admits that the encroachment could be by chance, the fact that the causes they are advocating for are previously known to be causes close to the Sussexes may not be a coincidence.
She emphasises that if Harry and Meghan want to establish themselves, they must make sure they are seen as "leaders" on several issues, including racial justice, gender equality, and climate change.
It could be that instead of this being clear cut, the pair could be forced into a protracted "PR battle" with the Palace, Elser asserts.
She said: "Either on purpose or by accident, there is now something of a philanthropic land grab going on with the royal house and the breakaway state of Sussex now both laying claim to similar ground."
Both the Palace and the Sussexes now want to lay claim to charitable causes, and with the Sussexes now not having the clout that their royal status would previously have given them it could be more of a challenge for them to assert themselves, claims Elser.
She acknowledges as well that the Sussexes do not have a monopoly on issues such as climate change, but nonetheless stresses that progressive issues such as these have long been a large part of their brand.
Nonetheless, Elser is also quick to point out that charities themselves could ultimately end up winning out from this, as they are pushed more into the limelight over who can be the central figure promoting them.
The Daily Star approached the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace for a comment.
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