Meghan Markle 'grabs attention from Prince Harry, leaving him in the shadows', says expert

Prince Harry is "entirely in the shadow" of Meghan Markle as she "steals the limelight", according to an expert.

The Sussexes recently embarked on a high-profile trip to Nigeria where Meghan in particular looked striking in an array of dazzling outfits and spoke publicly about discovering her Nigeria heritage.

It was the couple's first overseas tour since sensationally quitting as working royals and it led to speculation that Harry appeared pushed out and worried amid his wife's star performance. But according to royal expert Duncan Larcombe, Meghan stealing the show may well play into Harry's preference to being "second fiddle".

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Lagos airport
The couple's trip to Nigeria was dubbed a makeshift royal tour -Credit:Andrew Esiebo/Getty Images for The Archewell Foundation

He explained to OK!: "Meghan is a very strong character, very driven, extremely ambitious, and those are the kind of characteristics that mean she will almost always inevitably outshine Harry and grab the attention from him.

"Harry is entirely in her shadow. But he's never really been at ease with the attention, he's never really enjoyed it. Whether it's deliberate or not, Meghan is definitely a magnet for attention.

"Although we saw a huge amount of money spent on her combined outfits for Nigeria so maybe it's not a complete accident that she steals the limelight. Their Nigeria trip was 'The Meghan Show' and Harry was the side."

Meanwhile, it has now been revealed that the Sussexes are already drawing up plans for more Royal-style tours - after the success of their Nigeria jaunt.

The couple were left thrilled by the reception and coverage of the three-day visit, and the couple are eyeing a possible return to Africa among their next trips around the globe.

The moves come after the pair spent the past few years concentrating on life in Meghan's native US, where they are raising their two children.

The couple recently enjoyed three days in Nigeria
The couple have recently returned from a successful tour to Nigeria -Credit:KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Images

A source close to the couple told the Mirror: "The Duke and Duchess have other trips planned for the remainder of the year. They are hoping to be able to share more details in the coming weeks. It is definitely possible they could return to Africa for more tours after that."

Harry and Meghan travelled to Nigeria to champion their Archewell Foundation's mental health initiatives and promote the Invictus Games, which Nigeria competed in for the first time last year.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

They also met with military leaders, injured soldiers and school kids, who all gave the pair a rapturous welcome. Meghan, who discovered she is 43 per cent Nigerian following a genealogy test in 2022, was particularly thrilled by the reception she received in Nigeria, which she described as "my country".

Africa had already become a special place for the royal couple. They enjoyed a trip to Botswana for their third date in 2016 - a year before Harry proposed with a diamond sourced from the country.

They also returned there for a longer trip to celebrate Meghan's 36th birthday. And they carried out their first-ever royal tour together by going on a ten-day tour across South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Malawi in 2019.