Meghan Markle and Harry: Expert discusses future of couple
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex promised to uphold the values of the Queen when they stepped down as senior royals, but that is “up for debate”. In the year since they announced they would be stepping away from their roles, the couple have signed a deal with Netflix estimated to be around £100million and a deal with Spotify said to be around £30million. What’s more, Meghan has reportedly invested in a vegan coffee brand, which Oprah Winfrey has marketed on her personal Instagram page.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers claimed people at the Palace are watching these deals closely and may be getting worried about where they are headed.
Meghan and Harry are not able to come back to the UK for a face-to-face 12-month review as planned, but there are still questions like this to sort out.
Mr Myers said: “What it all points to is the pace at which they are signing these big money corporate deals.
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“And, of course, they wanted to ‘seek financial independence’ in their words and I think that everybody would wish them well in that.
“But the crux of it was, which they detailed in their own Sussex Royal website all those months ago ‒ I mean, it was a year ago, can you believe that? ‒ but they said everything they do would be to uphold or alongside upholding the values of the Queen and that is certainly up for debate.
“And certainly senior courtiers and advisers to the Queen and other senior royals are getting a little bit nervous about how much they are entering the corporate world and where it will all lead.
“So I think, for both parties, a face-to-face meeting would have been helpful for everybody and the fact that it will not be able to happen now…
“One must feel for Harry that he isn’t going to get that opportunity.”
Mr Myers went on to explain why those at the Palace might be getting nervous about these commercial deals.
He argued that these corporations are paying huge sums to the Sussexes and are going to want their “pound of flesh”.
Podcasts like their Archewell Audio holiday special last month might not be enough to satisfy them.
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He suggested that it is likely they may start pushing for meatier content, such as delving into their royal links or indeed some form of fly-on-the-wall documentary about their lives in California.
Either way, this would involve steering away from the original intent, which was to do charitable works and uphold the values of the Queen.
Mr Myers said: “They want to try and work out where Harry and Meghan’s future lies and whether it is to carry on with this juggernaut of signing themselves up to projects with these massive corporations that arguably will want their pound of flesh at the end of it.
“I don’t think they’ll just give tens of millions of pounds to Harry and Meghan to just churn out podcasts like we heard on the pilot episode.
Meghan and Harry sing together in Archewell Audio trailer
“As nice as it was, I don’t think it’s breaking any new ground.
“And certainly the money that is being given to Harry and Meghan, they are going to presumably want them to do something a bit meatier.
“And whether that involves them showing their lives in California or whether it involves them doing historical projects about the Royal Family or talking about their position before Megxit, who knows.”
The royal editor claimed Harry has not yet contacted the Queen or her advisers to organise a virtual meeting, but they are expected to come to an arrangement in the coming weeks.
Only then will it become clear whether there will be an extension to the 12-month review until a face-to-face meeting can be had, or whether they will “shake hands and move on their merry way”.
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