In yet another altercation within the royals, Harry and Meghan Markle point figures at the British royal family for their recent failures. According to the UK media, the WME is engaged in crisis talks with the high-profile clients, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Harry recently won a case in the UK’s High Court on Friday, procuring a $180,000 payout as compensation for the damages of having his phone hacked by Mirror Group Newspapers. Despite his victory, the couple has claimed the vendetta of the royal family as the cause of “a string of failed projects and brand partnerships.”
Deadline also refers to the UK’s Express newspaper, which quotes one insider. Per the insider, “There have been talks held with high profile brands that didn’t lead to anything but should have done. Those brands then actively courted other members of the family,” despite the success of the sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, the exorbitant numbers of their Netflix-documentary in December 2022 and the phenomenal success of Harry’s memoir Spare earlier this year.
Per the outlet, the insider mentions, “Both Harry and Meghan often wore Dior and were at one point huge fans of the brand. Harry wore a [Dior] suit to the Coronation, and the Sussexes were starting to build up their partnership with the fashion house.
“Then the focus shifted towards Camilla and other members of the family. To add salt to the wounds, the actress playing Kate Middleton [in The Crown‘s final series on Netflix] was announced as the new face of the brand. It was all very suspicious timing.”
Recently, the couple’s $20m contract with Spotify was terminated, and there have been no new projects so far, despite the former Suits actress being associated with the WME since April 2023. In fact, Deadline also reports that Markle’s pet doc project, Pearl, has been canceled by Netflix. Quoting The Express’ source, the outlet writes, “The team doesn’t appear to know what to do at this point. The consensus now is to try and repair the damage done to the Royal Family and hope that link will help them out of the doldrums.”