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Harry and Meghan ditch LA PR team to go it alone

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly ditched their public relations team. Since stepping down from full-time royal duties in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been represented by Sunshine Sachs.

Now, Meghan and Harry have been said to have ditched Sunshine Sachs in order to go it alone.

The New York-based public relations outfit that has been advising Meghan since her days as an actress on legal drama Suits.

A source said: “This is a really big deal for Meghan. She takes the view that she doesn’t need to pay an outside firm a lot of money to do PR for her and Harry anymore.”

The publicity for their numerous ventures is being handled “in-house” at their charitable foundation, Archewell, by head of communications Christine Schirmer.

According to the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, Toya Holness, who was appointed as global press secretary in March 2021, was reported to have parted company with the Sussexes earlier this year.

Another source told Mr Eden: “When Sunshine Sachs began working with the Duke and Duchess, the plan was always for it to be temporary until a full-time internal team could be created. 

“After they were hired, Sunshine Sachs worked alongside them to help the transition. 

“All sides are on good terms and periodic advisory work continues.”

Keleigh Thomas Morgan, a partner at Sunshine Sachs, helped establish the Sussex royals in California, sharing her contacts, network of advisers and famous friends. 

A long-term friend of Meghan, she also helped produce the strategy for the couple’s tour of southern Africa in 2019 when they were still working members of the Royal Family.

In March, it was reported by Deadline that Ms Morgan and and Heather Lylis were promoted to co-Presidents of the firm, with it being renamed Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis.

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It comes as Harry and Meghan are said to be trying to make their Netflix documentary series kinder to the Royal Family, according to insiders.

Harry and Meghan allegedly made the intervention after spending time with the Firm after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Netflix series, which had been expected to be released later this year, will now not appear until early 2023, according to reports. 

Sources told Page Six the couple were keen to remove or soften much of what they have said about the King and Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

An insider told the outlet: “A lot of conversations are happening. I hear that Harry and Meghan want the series to be held until next year, they want to stall. 

“I wonder if the show could even be dead in the water at this point, do Harry and Meghan just want to shelve this thing?”

A Netflix source added: “Netflix has been keen to have the show ready to stream for December. 

“There’s a lot of pressure on [Netflix CEO] Ted Sarandos, who has the relationship with Harry and Meghan, to get this show finished.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Sunshine Sachs for comment.

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