Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly have a strained relationship with the other members of the royal family. It was claimed that the complicated ties between the Sussex pair and the other royal figures were one of the primary reasons why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to step down from their roles as senior working royals in January 2020.
Reports have it that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are mainly at odds with Kate Middleton and Prince William. The Duke of Sussex was allegedly not delighted when his only brother said that it was too early for him to tie the knot with the former Suits actress.
New reports claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “overshadowed” the birthday of Kate Middleton when they announced their decision to ditch the royal life for good. Keep on reading to know more details.
Did Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Overshadow Kate Middleton’s Birthday?
Two years ago, Phil Dampier claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry overshadowed Kate Middleton on her special day with the departure announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The infamous Megxit shocked everyone that it reportedly impacted the birthday of Prince William’s wife the day after.
Phil, at the time, told The Sun:
“Apart from anything else, Harry and Meghan’s announcement has overshadowed Kate’s 38th birthday. It’s just another example [of] how far the so-called Fab Four have drifted apart and I doubt Harry and Meghan will be at any celebrations for Kate. It’s a sad day for the monarchy that these two brothers and their wives, who had the potential to be such a positive force, are now in this position."
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s relationship has been a subject of much debate online for years. The Telegraph even reported, in November 2018, that Prince Harry’s wife made the Duchess of Cambridge cry at a bridesmaids’ dress fitting for Princess Charlotte.
Kensington Palace refused to comment on the issue when it was first published. However, in March 2021, Meghan Markle claimed that the report was untrue and stated that it was her, not Kate Middleton, who had ended up in tears following the dress fitting.
Meghan Markle furthered that Kate Middleton “owned it and apologized” to her with a handwritten note and flowers. The wife of Prince William has not publicly commented on Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
However, royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed that Kate Middleton was “mortified” after learning about Meghan Markle’s statement. The royal correspondent even told OK! Magazine:
“From what I hear, there are different versions of the bridesmaid story, not just the one Meghan discussed. Kate felt it was all sorted, so to have it brought up again was mortifying. Kate is not in a position to respond and Meghan and Harry know that.”
Katie Nicholl went on to say that Kate Middleton has “never wanted” reports of her alleged spat with Meghan Markle to be published in the press. The broadcaster added that the Duchess of Cambridge is “so discreet and respects her personal life.”
Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have yet to comment on the claims that they overshadowed Kate Middleton during her birthday in 2020. So, devoted followers of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should take all these unverified claims with a huge grain of salt until everything is proven true and correct.
Did Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Step Back To Step Ahead Of Royal Family?
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were accused of “stepping back” from Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and the other members of the royal family to “step on ahead.” Frank PR founder Andrew Bloch made this claim after the Sussex pair secured bankable deals and personal endorsements since their infamous “Megxit.”
The branding expert claimed:
“Since moving to California and stepping down as working royals, Harry and Meghan have secured a number of lucrative business deals and personal endorsements which have seen their personal wealth rocket. I would estimate their combined net worth is circa £250million. They are really making the most of their newfound status, and their potential to become the world’s richest personal brand looks imminently achievable.”
To recall, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry first inked with Netflix. The deal, which was confirmed on Sept. 2, 2020, is said to be worth $100 million. However, The Sun later claimed that it was for $153 million.
Netflix CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, on working with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, said:
“Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism, and leadership. We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home — and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also released a statement that read:
“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection. Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
Beside their lucrative Netflix deal, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly earning from Spotify around $25 million. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, through their Archewell Audio imprint, signed on to produce podcasts and other programs that entertain and uplift streamers around the globe.
In March 2021, Prince Harry was also announced to have accepted the role of chief impact officer with a coaching and mental health firm called BetterUp. The husband of Meghan Markle reportedly receives around $500,000 annually for that position.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also have an ethical banking venture that would pay them about $500,000 yearly. The Duchess of Sussex also invested in the vegan coffee brand Clevr Blends, which could have her banking about $10 million. The pair, allegedly, earns $1 million for their public speaking engagements.
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