Meghan Markle and Harry 'royal split publicity stunt' backfires – 'Times must be tough'

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were split up for good at Madame Tussauds, sparking a backlash from commentators who questioned the Duchess' celebrity status.

 was surprisingly absent from the collection of royal waxworks at the London attraction. Despite marrying into the Royal Family in May 2018 to become the Duchess of Sussex, it appears that wasn't enough to secure her slot alongside the Royal Family. Instead visitors will have to hunt her out among her celebrity friends after the couple were split up by curators.

Her waxwork model has been moved away from husband Prince Harry’s, and is now with celebrities, apparently to reflect her A-List status, rather than her royal roots. 

She has joined friends including Priyanka Chopra and the Beckhams, while Harry has gone back into the Royal fold with his regal relatives.

But the decision by Madame Tussauds has been criticised and branded a “publicity stunt”. Speaking on Sunrise Australia, Kathy Lipari, a news correspondent, insisted Meghan's model should remain in the royal section.

Correspondent Cath Webber said: “Anybody studying PR or marketing needs to take note. This is a great publicity stunt.

“She wasn’t even a wax figure until she met Prince Harry and certainly was engaged to Harry.

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Meghan Markle’s model at Madame Tussauds has been moved away from husband Prince Harry’s (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle's model at Madame Tussauds (Image: GETTY)

I think it is just a political stunt, they have got the headlines around the world

Cath Webber

“I think it is just a political stunt, they have got the headlines around the world.

“But, did anyone know Meghan Markle, really on a global scale, from Suits? I think we all know it was dating a royal and now being in the Royal Family.

“It’s a bit silly but it is a great publicity stunt.”

Commenting on whether Meghan was well-known before becoming Harry’s partner, Lipari quickly added: “No, nobody did (know her), she was on Deal or No Deal, for goodness sake, opening a suitcase. Suits was pretty much it.

“Times must be tough at Madame Tussauds, they are trying to get some more people through the door, so they are splitting her up from Harry.

“She should just stay where she is in the royal section, that is where she belongs.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's waxworks

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's waxworks at Madame Tussauds (Image: MADAME TUSSAUDS)

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Meghan Markle has been moved to be with her friends including Priyanka Chopra (Image: GETTY)

Meghan will now be in the “A-list Party room”.

Meghan’s model is to be moved from the side of her husband’s for the first time since being unveiled in May 2018.

Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said of the change: “At Madame Tussauds London we’re always listening to what people have to say about their favourite stars.

“Meghan continues to carve out her own modern take on life as a Royal and we want to mirror her independent celebrity status in the attraction.

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Royal family members ranked by social media followers

Royal family members ranked by social media followers (Image: EXPRESS)

“It’s not necessarily forever – and we’re not splitting our loved-up couple!

“We’re just allowing Meghan to mingle in her more-familiar celebrity circle for a while.”

The move by the iconic London venue came as 

The TV presenter said on Tuesday's ITV show Meghan had "stepped into a snake pit" by marrying into the Royal Family.

Mr Madeley said the honeymoon for Harry and his wife had "faded so quickly".

He added: "I think she's going to learn pretty sharpish how to play the odds down there because it's a rough old world in the royal family when you're that how profile."

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Meghan Markle has kept a low profile, only attending a handful of engagements (Image: GETTY)

Cath Webber and Kathy Lipari

News correspondents Cath Webber and Kathy Lipari discussed Meghan and Harry's Madame Tussauds models (Image: SUNRISE)

Both Meghan and Prince Harry have faced scrutiny in the media over the past few weeks. The intensity in the media increased after the couple’s plea for privacy for their son baby Archie, who was born in May.

The royal couple decided to keep the details around their son’s birth secret and even held his christening behind closed doors.

Just a month after Archie was born, it was revealed the taxpayers forked out £2.4million in the renovations of the Duke and Duchess’ new home, Frogmore Cottage.

Reports over the summer also claimed one of Meghan’s security team asked spectators at Wimbledon not to take photos of her.

According to the Telegraph, tennis fans sitting near the Duchess were ordered not to take photos because they were “in a private capacity.”

Meghan has also faced some criticism after she guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue.

The Duchess of Sussex chose to use the edition to feature prominent female role models, including former First Lady Michelle Obama and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.