The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been busy working away on their new private business ventures. The most significant is their deal with Netflix, believed to be worth £109million, to create and produce original content.
It has now been suggested that Meghan may be partnering up with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, for a project on the streaming platform. Since the birth of Meghan and Harry’s second child, Lilibet, in early June, Kate is thought to have gone out of her way to extend an olive branch to the former Hollywood actress.
This is despite their husbands’ ongoing familial feud. Harry has yet to reconcile relations with his family following the myriad of broadcast interviews he has appeared in, revealing the pain and anguish he claimed to suffer as a member of the Royal Family.
The bad blood culminated in Meghan and Harry’s departure from the Firm and UK last year, the pair having since gone on to carve out private lives for themselves, including generating their own incomes.While many have praised their business acumen, with several multimillion dollar contracts in tow, others have suggested their methods of securing money will not be successful in the long term.
Daisy Cousens, a commentator for Sky News Australia, recently noted that Meghan and Harry will not realise this until it is “far too late”.
Talking about the recent book by historian Robert Lacey, ‘Battle of Brothers’ which details alleged distress endured by staff working in the household of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, she claimed their behaviour appeared to run in stark contrast to what they now “preach”.
She said: “This behaviour from Meghan and Harry is a far cry from the compassion, kindness and mental health maintenance they so vehemently preached […] zooming around in private jets while lecturing the public on climate action springs to mind.”The American market will likely forget them as they do every other flash in the pan.”
She added: “I fear Harry and Meghan will not realise this until it is far too late.” Ms Cousens said the Sussexes have “disputed” the claims made in the book.
Mr Lacey has since said that he thinks the Royal Family had a duty to treat Meghan more fairly. He told the Daily Mail: “There is only one self-made millionaire in the Royal Family and that is Meghan Markle.
“If they had sat down with her at the start and said, ‘Let’s talk about the things you are interested in,’ things might have been different.” However, many argue that the family did its utmost to include and welcome Meghan into the Firm.
The Queen famously showed Meghan the royal ropes when she accompanied her on her first royal outing.And, in a rare move, her mother, Doria Ragland, was reportedly invited to spend Christmas at Sandringham in 2018.
Kate’s family had never been given an invite, many saying this proved the extent to which the royals wanted Meghan and her family to feel at ease. Doria did not take up the Queen’s offer.
Meanwhile, Meghan is working on her first production as part of her and Harry’s Netflix deal, an animation called ‘Pearl’. It will follow a 12-year-old girl’s “heroic adventures” as she converses with noteworthy women from history, with the Duchess as executive producer alongside Elton John’s husband, David Furnish.
Harry also announced a new venture: his memoir, anticipated by many, set to be published late next year.