Meghan Markle and Harry ‘no intention of hiding’ says expert
Meghan Markle has invested in a start-up that makes instant oat-milk lattes, after Oprah Winfrey revealed she had received a gift basket full of products from the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan recently announced she had invested in Clevr Blends, which describes itself as being “the world’s first instant oat milk latte”. The company, which is run from Santa Barbara, California, was co-founded by CEO Hannah Mendoza in January 2019.
In a statement to Fortune, the Duchess said: “This investment is in support of a passionate female entrepreneur who prioritises building community alongside her business.
“I am proud to invest in Hannah’s commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a product that I personally love and [that] has a holistic approach to wellness.
“I believe in her, and I believe in her company.”
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, a number of royal commentators weighed in on Meghan’s latest investment project.
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When host Piers Morgan raised the issue of the couple’s continuous “commercial activity”, royal commentator Andrew Pierce said the “tacky” behaviour could influence Meghan and Harry’s Megxit review coming up in March.
Mr Pierce said: “It is tacky, it is royals for hire, royals for rent.”
The commentator drew comparisons between Meghan and Harry and another member of the royal family who was criticised for trying to “flog” goods on TV.
Mr Pierce continued: “I remember Prince Michael of Kent in America many years ago was flogging bits of royal memorabilia on American TV programmes, it was stopped by the Queen within days.
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“She will not stop Meghan Markle from doing this because they are a law unto themselves.”
The royal expert said he thought the Sussex’s continued product endorsements could well end up being their undoing.
He added: “I think as that review into how well they are behaving as royals, that review will be published in March by Buckingham Palace.”
Mr Pierce said the couple’s commercial activities since moving to the US will likely “speed up calls” for them to be stripped of their HRH titles.
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He said: “HRHs should not be flogging coffee even if it is environmentally-friendly and getting it promoted on a chat show.”
According to Fortune, the Duchess became interested in the oat milk products after sampling the coffee art a pop-up show.
The recent funding marks her first ever public investment.
While Meghan didn’t disclose how much money she had put into the start-up, which currently has a staff of six and sells four different kinds of instant lattes, the company said it would use the money to “scale its business”.
In a statement, co-founder Ms Mendoza praised the Duchess of Sussex, who she accredited with as being her “advisor”.
Ms Mendoza said: “Entrepreneurs need funding, but they also need advisers who care deeply about what they are building.
“I am grateful to have found both in the Duchess of Sussex.
“Her passion for what we are creating is palpable, and I couldn’t imagine a more aligned partnership. We’re excited for the road ahead.”
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