Prince Harry ‘made a mistake’ with royal exit, says Tina Brown

Meghan Markle 'did want to be Queen bee' claims Nicholl

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry handled their exit from the Firm in an “unfortunate” way, royal author and award-winning journalist Tina Brown believes. The former editor of Vanity Fair and Tatler said she “feels” for the Duke of Sussex while taking part in a special lecture at City, University of London.

During a conversation focused on reporting royalty, Ms Brown was asked what she thinks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will do next.

The author of The Palace Papers said: “I think they are in a really tough spot now, actually. I feel for Harry, because he’s made a mistake in the way he did his exit. I don’t think it was wrong necessarily the decision to leave, and certainly it wasn’t wrong to marry the woman he was in love with.

“It’s just the way they handled it that was so unfortunate.”

Meghan and Prince Harry sent shockwaves through Britain when they announced on January 8 2020 their intention to “step back” as senior royals to carve out a new progressive role for themselves within the Firm, a move that was quickly dubbed “Megxit”.

According to their statement, the Sussexes desired to live between the UK and North America and become independent from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant in a bid to diminish the public scrutiny in their lives.

While they would have pursued financially profitable deals, they also intended to continue to serve the Queen and the Crown through public duties, engagements and visits.

However, a solution to this half-in, half-out blueprint was not found, and three months later the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down from the Firm, relinquishing their military and royal patronages, their right to carry out royal duties and to use their HRH styling in an official capacity.

Their tumultuous exit reportedly widened the gap between the Duke of Sussex and Prince William, the now Prince of Wales, and Harry himself said during his groundbreaking interview with Oprah Winfrey he would always love his brother but they were on “two different paths”.

During the interview with Ms Winfrey, Harry also spoke of a trying relationship with his father King Charles III, saying “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened”.

Speaking during the lecture, Ms Brown also touched upon Prince Harry and Meghan’s endeavours, saying she suspects the Duke may “like to get out of all” of the deals he has signed since stepping down as a senior royal.

Stressing how complicated it is to produce the high-quality programmes the Sussexes set themselves to do through their partnerships with Spotify and Netflix, the author added: “It’s really hard to do it well, that’s why the people who do it are very well paid.

“Neither of them has had any time in that world. Meghan was an actress, but she wasn’t an executive producer.

“It’s very hard to deliver on them, and yet now they have taken all the money, so they have to deliver.”

Through their deals with the audio and video streaming giants, Meghan and Harry announced their intention to create content that “uplifts and entertains audiences around the world” as well as “programming that informs, elevates, and inspires”.

With Spotify, the Sussexes have so far released one holiday special episode in December 2020 and Archetypes, the ongoing series led by the Duchess.

No product has yet been released on Netflix, but Archewell – the organisation launched by Meghan and Harry in late 2020, has announced it is producing Heart of Invictus, a docu-series focused on the stories of competitors who took part in the Invictus Games held at The Hague earlier this year.

Prince Harry, who in early 2021 also became chief impact officer at mental health and coaching firm BetterUp, also announced in July last year Random House will publish his “intimate” memoir, currently set to tentatively release in late 2022.

The proceeds from the book will be donated to charity, Archewell said at the time.

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