Madame Tussauds moves Prince Harry, Meghan Markle statues away from royal family

Artists prepare the wax figures of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in their new position in Madame Tussauds in London.
Artists prepare the wax figures of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in their new position in Madame Tussauds in London.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • A year after Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle left their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of the couple belong in the attraction's Hollywood zone and not with the other members of the House of Windsor.

The couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, quit royal duties to forge new independent careers on the other side of the Atlantic and have since signed deals to deliver and produce content for Netflix, Spotify and Apple.

Now, their waxwork models have been moved from their place in the royal section of Madame Tussauds in London to join other celebrities, the famous attraction said on Thursday.

"Madame Tussauds London has moved its figures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their brand new Awards Party zone to reflect their move from Frogmore to Hollywood," the wax museum said in a statement, referring to the couple's former British home Frogmore Cottage.

Later this month, a television documentary series on mental-health issues co-created by Harry and American chat show queen Oprah Winfrey premieres on streaming service Apple TV+.

Ahead of the broadcasts, Harry, 36, appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast hosted by American actor Dax Shepard, in which he likened his life as a royal to The Truman Show (1998), a film about a man who unwittingly grew up as the central character in a popular worldwide television reality show.

He also disclosed that when he began dating Meghan, 39, they met in a supermarket to avoid paparazzi photographers, and that the couple enjoyed more freedom after moving to California with their young son Archie.

"Living here now, I can actually lift my head and actually I feel different, my shoulders have dropped, so have hers, you can walk around feeling a little bit more free," he said.

"I get to take Archie on the back of my bicycle. I would never have the chance to do that."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2021, with the headline 'Madame Tussauds moves Prince Harry, Meghan Markle statues away from royal family'. Subscribe