Meghan Markle's friends 'feel free to speak' claims Ship
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The Royal Family is scrambling to restore its image following Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. A rare statement from the Queen was issued after the pair alleged a range of issues from race to mental health. According to reports, the Firm – as Meghan described it – is now considering hiring a “diversity chief” in order to learn from the episode.
It comes as Meghan and Harry made a hiring of their own.
Their long-time employee and UK media advisor, James Holt, has been promoted to Executive Director of the Archewell Foundation.
He will now move to the US to take up the role, according to royal reporter Victoria Murphy.
Los Angeles-based Toya Holness, Archewell’s global press secretary, will assume Mr Holt’s communications duties that are based in the UK, but from California.
Following Mr Holt’s move from spokesman to executive director, it is not yet known at this stage whether Harry and Meghan will have a press spokesperson based in the UK in the future.
There has been no suggestion that any UK-based person will take up the media job, indicating a further tie to the UK being cut.
Steaming ahead with their Archewell plans, veteran Hollywood producer Ben Browning has also been hired as head of content.
He will work on their Spotify exclusive podcast as well as their foundation.
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The podcast, Archewell Audio, reeled in a staggering £39million ($54m) from the music streaming giant.
Netflix, meanwhile, lured them with a deal worth £109million ($148m) to create original content for the platform.
Harry is believed to have spoken to his brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles, since the Oprah interview.
Gayle King, an anchor for This Morning on CBS broke the news, revealing that she called the couple to “see how they were feeling”.
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She said that talks between Harry and his family were “not productive”.
While the firm cannot reply on an individual level, Prince William broke his silence during a school visit to East London earlier this month.
Asked by a reporter whether the royals were racist, he replied: “We’re very much not a racist family.”
Meanwhile, in a statement, Buckingham Palace said the family was “saddened” to hear of Meghan and Harry’s struggles.
It read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
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