"If they can only make money by trashing the royal family and continue to do so, their brand will be toxic and their ratings in the polls even worse," veteran royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams exclusively tells The Royal Observer.
Although the Montecito duo have not outright monetized their criticisms of the Crown since Harry's memoir, Spare, 1-year ago, that could be about to change with a possible follow-up.
"In 2020, the royal duo fled a life of ceremonial public service to cash in their celebrity status in the States. But after a whiny Netflix documentary, a whiny biography (Spare — even the title is a pouty gripe), and an inert podcast, the Harry and Meghan brand swelled into a sanctimonious bubble just begging to be popped — and South Park was the pin. The show’s 20-minute 'World-Wide Privacy Tour' takedown in March was savage, and was followed by Spotify dropping (Meghan’s podcast) 'Archetypes,' with a top executive labeling the duo 'grifters,'" The Hollywood Reporter shared in December 2023.
2024 does not seem to be shaping up to be any different."Jo Koy was a terrible host at the Globes but his crack at the Sussexes for doing nothing was true. It was a very bad year for them. Spotify has gone. Netflix, especially with The Crown finished, could be next. William and Catherine score well in polls there," Fitzwilliams concludes.