Meghan Markle & Harry ‘need to tread very tricky line’ – warning over commercial endeavour

Meghan and Harry ‘strategic’ about privacy says expert

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Royal commentator Daniela Elser analysed Meghan’s decision to put out a book inspired by her son Archie and husband Harry’s bond. In an op-ed for News.com.au, Ms Elser wrote: “Handily for Meghan and Harry, The Bench will most likely sell like hot cakes and be guaranteed a money spinner, handy given that since their palace flit they have had to pick up their own bills.

“And that brings us to another point of potential contention, which is, in putting out a book based on Harry’s relationship with Archie, we arrive at the potentially uncomfortable intersection of the Sussexes’ toddler son and their revenue raising activities.”

After recalling Meghan and Harry featured Archie in their podcast, she continued: “We’ve got two months to wait until copies of The Bench hit shelves, but this situation does highlight the very tricky line Harry and Meghan need to tread between churning out things of commercial interest and the unfortunate whiff that they might be monetising their lives in the most crass fashion.”

In late December last year, the Duke and Duchess involved Archie in their podcast’s holiday special.

At the end of the episode, Meghan was heard asking Archie: “Is it fun?” 

Little Archie then replied: “Fun!”

Archie then, prompted by his dad Harry, repeated “Happy New Year” before starting to laugh.

According to the Daily Mirror royal editor, Meghan and Harry “crossed a line” by featuring Archie in their show.

Speaking on True Royalty TV, Mr Myers said: “It’s entirely their decision how they choose to bring up their child or children. 

“They moved for the reasons they’ve given – to give them some privacy.

“But if you are entering a commercial world and in your first venture, you use your child or place your child in that arena that’s all people are going to be talking about.

“That’s all we’ve been talking about and then you’ve crossed a line.”

Earlier this week, Meghan announced she has written her first children’s book, to be published on June 8.  

In a statement, she said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.

“That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.

“My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

Meghan’s first published work, which she will also narrate in its audiobook version, presents illustrations by Christian Robinson. 

One shows a red-haired soldier wearing a military uniform hugging his little boy, while the mum looks at them in tears from their home.

Prince Harry and Meghan have been careful to safeguard the privacy of Archie, putting out only a few selected images of their son.

Archie, who turns two today, was last seen in public last month, when paparazzi snapped pictures of the pregnant Duchess walking with her son in California.

Royal fans also caught a glimpse of Archie when the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in early March, as they provided footage showing Prince Harry playing on the beach with his son. 

Archie was also included in one of the two black-and-white pictures released by Meghan and Harry to announce they are pregnant with their second child.

And he stole the show in his family’s Christmas card, which was an artistic rendition of a picture taken by Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland.

In the snap, Archie is surrounded by his parents and dogs, just outside his playhouse.    

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