.Kate Middleton and Prince William have soared in popularity despite the turbulent fallout of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last year, a royal expert claims.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have both won fans in the US but it appears the Cambridges have also managed to maintain and gain success since the couple moved across the pond.
Richard Eden, a royal commentator, writes in the Daily Mail that accounts for the Royal Foundation have increased to a staggering £11.78 million since Harry and Meghan's departure from the Firm.
It previously stood at just £6.68 million in 2019.
At the beginning of their split, the so-called 'Meghan effect' created publicity around the royals, albeit not always in a positive way, but Mr Eden claims the Royal Foundation's accounts have continued to rise for the last two years.
While some in the US may have been influenced by the remarks made by the Sussexes, the Foundation has benefited from a £2.59million grant from the American Friends of the Royal Foundation.
Mr Eden said: "When Prince Harry and Meghan quit the Royal Foundation they led with Prince William and Catherine, their cheerleaders predicted it would have a dramatic effect on the charity's finances. And it has — they've soared!
"I can reveal that the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a surge in income last year, to a staggering £11.78 million.
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"That's almost double the £6.68 million raised in 2019, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were still involved.
"'It's the Meghan effect,' one courtier jokes, somewhat unkindly.
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"Newly published documents disclose that the 2020 total includes a £2.59 million grant from American Friends of the Royal Foundation.
"Clearly, the California-based Sussexes haven't won over all Americans."
Harry and William's relationship has been 'strained' since the former royal stepped away from the Firm.
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Speaking to Oprah earlier this year, Harry confided that he and his brother needed space to let their relationship heal.
He said: "The relationship is space at the moment.
"And time heals all things, hopefully."
The pair most recently met in July to unveil a statue of Princess Diana in Kensington Palace's Sunken Gardens.
In a joint statement to mark the event last month, the pair said: "Today, on what would have been our mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character.
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"Qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
"Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.
"Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."
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