Meghan Markle mocked by critics for Gwyneth Paltrow-style blog plan

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Meghan Markle’s relaunch of her lifestyle blog has been slated before it’s even happened with critics saying no-one cares about her advice. It is thought that the Duchess of Sussex wants to go head to head against massive enterprises like Gwyneth Paltrow’s £200 million lifestyle brand, Goop.

But with the Sussexes not currying much favour with Brits after the publication of Prince Harry’s book Spare, and their Netflix series where they savaged the Royal Family, it is not thought that she will get many hits in the UK.

And she may find a similarly cold reception in the States where she and her husband were recently the butt of the joke of a recent episode of the satirical cartoon South Park, as well as being laughed about by several commentators.

Meghan ditched her blog when she got engaged to Prince Harry and it isn’t yet known whether it will adopt the same mix of fashion, travel and beauty tips when it comes back.

Back then features reportedly included how to make an “Aegean-style kale salad” and “beet cheesecake” as well as how to master “winter wellness” and discussions about fundamental human rights.

Her blog was called The Tig after Meghan’s favourite Tuscan wine, Tignanello.

Speaking about it in the past she said: “It was an ah-ha moment at its finest.

“For me, it became a ‘Tig’ moment – a moment of getting it.

“From that point on, any new awareness, any new discovery or ‘ohhhhh, I get it!’ moment was a ‘Tig’ moment.”

Commentator Celia Walden says that since then there have been a “notable lack of any ‘Tig’ moments.”

Writing for Daily Telegraph, Ms Walden said: “Certainly, Markle didn’t ‘get’ royal life, or at any point during that stuffy stint garner ‘any new awareness’ that there was only one star in the room – and that was the Queen.

“She didn’t ‘get’ how badly her Oprah whingeathon would go down or how tone-deaf that six-hour Netflix documentary would would sound to a post-pandemic world beset by social, economic and existential challenges.

“Last month, Newsweek reported that the Sussexes’ popularity had plummeted to an all-time low in the US, with Prince Harry down 48 points since December and Markle down 40.”

Ms Walden says the biggest problem with Meghan’s plan to relaunch her blog is that all of the successful lifestyle brands are a success because people are envious of the celebrities running them, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon.

She went on to say: “To be handing out advice from this lowly podium certainly shows consummate (I’m tempted to say delusional) self-belief.

“Because here’s the thing about Paltrow: you can deride her $15,000 (£14,000) vibrators and “affordable yacht rental” services all you want, query the science behind her “eight-day, mono-diet goat-milk cleanse” and “vagina steaming” witch-doctorisms, but in the eyes of Goop’s eight million plus subscribers, the 50-year-old Oscar-winner is an inspirational human being with a covetable life.”

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