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Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry prompt a crisis on the scale of the abdication?

The latest royal scandal shows the monarchy struggling to remain relevant—but this is not 1936

By Alexander Larman  

Edward VIII gives his abdication broadcast. Image: The Print Collector / Alamy Stock Photo

“There can seldom have been an event that has caused so much general delight and so little pain.” So Evelyn Waugh wrote about the abdication crisis, then at its height, on 8th December 1936. Now, over 80 years on, Britain and America have found themselves reluctantly conjoined in another Atlantic-spanning royal saga. If one believes the media coverage, the line to take is that the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the Royal Family, however reluctantly it has been undertaken, now represents nothing less than an existential threat to the very institution of the monarchy. But is…

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