Meghan Markle went from being a working actress to an exiled royal in the span of four years. The Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, fled the U.K. to pursue careers in entertainment, but their professional journey has been turbulent.
Although the couple launched their business as a Sussex joint brand, Meghan is expected to pursue independent projects. The Suits star signed with mega-agency WME, and as she works alongside Ari Emanuel, she will have to change the public's perception of her.
"There could be surprises from Meghan — people have talked about her possibly developing a lifestyle brand — but she needs to develop a more definite image than she has at the moment," Pauline Maclaran told an outlet. "It wouldn't surprise me if she went back to acting or something she is known to have done and to be quite good at."
This wouldn't be the first time professionals pushed Meghan to alter her reputation. The Royal Observer previously reported various filmmakers suggested the partners use the ongoing Hollywood strikes as an opportunity for reflection.
"Harry and Meghan may yet turn out to be beneficiaries of the strike," Paul Duddridge told a publication. "It will give them a much-needed chance to review their creative strategies while using the industry shutdown as cover."
"The thinking on Meghan’s part is that they owe it to themselves to fight back and make a success of things, however much that costs and however challenging it may be in some cases," a source told a publication. "She’s told the team that her new plan simply can’t fail."
"She feels she’s been backed into a corner," the insider admitted. "Her next move will be explosive, to say the least."
Despite the outpouring of advice, the Northwestern alum didn't appreciate being labeled a "grifter" by Spotify executive Bill Simmons, immediately after the streaming service publicized the end of their contract.
"Meghan is distraught over this Spotify snub and the fallout that has followed. It’s totally knocked her sideways. She can’t believe she’s been attacked so viciously and so publicly by one of their execs, and to be labeled 'grifters' is an utterly humiliating and gut-wrenching all-time low—it’s served as a brutal reality check that things really do need to change to save their popularity," a friend shared.
Maclaran spoke to The Daily Express U.S.