Rumors are becoming more persistent and loud in the media that the Harry-Meghan idyll is about to come crashing down.
While they are still presenting a united front in public, insiders are whispering that they will soon be going their separate ways in the midst of mounting disappointments in their public image and earning power.
There are multiple sources that seem to concur on the impending collapse of the Sussexes’ lifestyle and perhaps even their relationship. The Daily Record reports that a source has insider knowledge that the Duke is “panicking” about their finances following their huge Spotify cancellation last month which saw them lose their $25m partnership with the digital music streaming giant. According to the Daily Mail, the exiled royal may now be looking to resume a “subdued role” following the axing of his wife’s Spotify podcast, “Archetypes.”
Another huge blow came just this week when it was announced that they failed to receive an Emmy nomination for their bombshell Netflix docuseries that was released at the end of last year.
On another front, when they were evicted from their British home, Frogmore Cottage, it was a bitter disappointment that Harry took as a personal rejection by his father, King Charles III.
In Touch also reports that Harry is in a panic about their future in America. “Obviously, Megxit has blown up in their faces,” says an insider. “Harry is starting to wonder if they made the right decision leaving England. He’s even suggested to Meghan that they return to London and the royal family.”
But Meghan is having none of that, she was livid, says the insider, who adds that the duchess was even more taken aback when she learned that Harry had already reached out to his estranged brother, William. “Harry admitted he’d phoned William to call a truce and told his brother he and Meghan would be open to going back to London, where they would serve King Charles.”
Given the acrimony between the brothers—and their wives–William was stunned by the call. The revelations made by Harry in his memoir, Spare, had further embittered their already strained relationship. Reportedly, for William the detail that was hardest to swallow was Harry’s claim that William physically attacked him in 2019 during an argument in which William allegedly called Meghan “rude,” “difficult” and “abrasive.”
“William didn’t quite know what to say,” says the insider, noting that the future king told Harry “he would think about his offer.”
The New York Post further reports that Prince Harry may be looking to “turn his back” on Meghan Markle’s star-studded Hollywood lifestyle and that the time may have come that the only way his quest for privacy can be fulfilled will be to leave it behind—especially now that more and more A-listers have dropped them. When the pair were newlyweds big names like George and Amal Clooney and Barack and Michelle Obama were beating down their door to be friends. Now, even Oprah Winfrey didn’t want to appear on their dramatic Netflix documentary to defend the couple.
“The big question is how long before Harry turns his back on the show business life, for which he is obviously ill-suited and seems entirely uncomfortable with?” Alison Boshoff wrote. Meghan, on the other hand, is still persistently pursuing Hollywood deals and has signed with the ultimate Hollywood agent, Ari Emanuel at WME–and the deal excludes Harry.
The insider who is spilling the beans says Harry feels as though their options are running out.
The humiliations however, despite the new deal, keep on coming for Meghan the Duchess. Shortly after the Spotify announcement was made, the company’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, Bill Simmons, blasted the couple, calling them “grifters” on his podcast. And in a recent interview, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer said Meghan “was not a great audio talent, nor necessarily any kind of talent.”
The Sussexes may have no choice but to return to the U.K., where they can enjoy other perks. Or most likely, Harry will return by himself. “Harry needs a Plan B,” says the insider, adding that the royal family would likely take him back. “Even in light of everything that’s happened, how would it look if Charles said no?”
However, it is highly unlikely that the British public would restore any love or respect for the renegade couple. A typical comment underscores the sentiment: “They will never erase the facts. The facts are they both sold out their families for millions. That is what everyone will remember. Sad it not much of a legacy to leave their own children.”
They have been branded “traitors” to their late Queen and their present King and the public memory will be long on this.