Harry and Meghan falling apart! ‘She knows they’ve gone too far
Some of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s joint business ventures are “falling apart” and they are facing some of their biggest problems, a royal expert has claimed to OK!.
Royal biographer Tom Bower said since Harry and Meghan’s Spotify podcast deal has abruptly come to an end, the pair are going to find it a struggle to keep their brand “reputable”.
And Tom told OK! he thinks “Meghan and Harry’s joint ventures are falling apart”.
“They are beginning to taste the medicine that they handed out during the Oprah Winfrey interview,” he added. “They’re finding it very, very hard to keep their brand reputable. They’re constantly having to defend themselves and they’re grasping for opportunities that don’t exist any more.”
Work on their solo projects is now underway after the pair abruptly parted ways with Spotify and their lucrative podcast deal, which they signed in 2020. Bill Simmons, head of podcast innovation and monetisation at Spotify, labelled Harry and Meghan “f*****g grifters” in his own podcast.
Jeremy Zimmer, chief executive of Hollywood agency, United Talent Agency, later commented, “Turns out Meghan Markle was not a great audio talent or necessarily any kind of talent.”
Harry’s new work will see him return to his “second home” of Africa – without Meghan – for a new solo Netflix documentary about his love of the continent, its people and its wildlife, reports claim. The programme is likely to depict Harry, 38, following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, who walked through a live minefield in Angola as part of her campaign against landmines, shortly before her death in 1997.
Meanwhile, former actress Meghan, 41, began her US relaunch in May as she posed with youngsters on a charity visit and dined with some Hollywood stars before preparing to accept a Women Of Vision award.
She then signed with WME, the talent agency that has A-list clients on its books, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Serena Williams, Robert De Niro and Jessica Alba.
The signing comes amid rumours that the relaunch of her hit lifestyle blog The Tig is viewed as the best way for her to make big money, especially given the success of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Kourtney Kardashian’s Poosh.
Meghan became famous as an actress playing paralegal-turned-associate Rachel Zane in the legal drama Suits for seven seasons between 2011 to 2017.
In 2020, she made her Disney voice-over debut, narrating the nature documentary Elephant, just months after Prince Harry was filmed telling Disney CEO Bob Iger that his wife does voice-overs.
But Tom – who wrote the 2022 book Revenge: Meghan, Harry And The War Between The Windsors – says that along with their joint ventures, he thinks their solo work projects could also be short-lived.
He explained, “I don’t believe Harry can do an interesting documentary in Africa. Harry has got huge problems. And I don’t think Meghan has a brand to sell because she’s so controversial. She brings too much baggage to it all now. They’re both facing problems.”
Tom also added the solo ventures could put pressure on their relationship, but they would try hard to make it work.
“The last thing Harry would want would be a divorce. I’m sure he doesn’t want to come back to Britain,” he said.
The couple’s last major surviving deal is the £20 million one with Netflix, the makers of their controversial documentary series Harry & Meghan.
Public opinion of Harry has taken a nose dive since he released his tell-all memoir, Spare, in January. A recent YouGov poll shows 64% of respondents have a negative view of Harry.
His book included damaging accusations about members of the royal family, such as a heated altercation between Harry and his older brother Prince William. The following month after Spare was published, Harry and Meghan were mocked in an episode of South Park.
The show – which is know for its often dark and acerbic comedy – featured a prince with red hair and a princess dressed in pink appearing on a TV chat show and carrying banners saying “We want privacy” and “Stop looking at us”.
This was an easily recognisable satirical swipe at the couple’s reasons for leaving the royal family in January 2020 and then going on to do a tell-all interview with US chat-show host Oprah Winfrey about their experiences in the royal household, plus a Netflix documentary following their new lives outside the UK.
Tom said it’s hard to imagine what the future holds for Meghan, especially as she’s been “quiet” this year and rumours that she “may be on the brink of signing a deal” to be a face of French fashion house Christian Dior were said to be “unfounded” last month.
“I think the Dior deal was real – I think it fell apart because of the Simmons ‘grifters’ attack,” said Tom. “All she’s got is the baggage of the Oprah Winfrey interview and her damnation of the royal family in various successive interviews.
“That’s why she’s been so quiet the whole year. She knows they’ve probably gone too far and she doesn’t know how to get out of it now. What is fascinating is how it will end? What will the climax be?”
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