Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Referring to 'The Firm' Doesn't Mean What You Think

When Meghan Markle referred to “The Firm” to describe the royal institution that let her and Prince Harry down, US viewers of her interview with Oprah Winfrey were undoubtedly perplexed. But the Firm has been the royal family’s name for itself for generations, an allusion to the greater apparatus that surrounds those who make up the royal family itself. It encompasses their staff, advisers, and allies; it also encompasses a given set of duties and traditions that royal family members are taught since birth to carry out. While the term had a practical application in their Oprah interview, royal expert Omid Scobie tells SheKnows exclusively that the difference between the Firm and royal family is one of the most misunderstood aspects of Harry and Meghan’s situation, and these terms signify more than we know. For the US viewer, the Firm and the royal family might be interchangeable: but for Harry and Meghan, they certainly aren’t.

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