Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's company Archewell suffered a major blow recently when company manager Bennett Levine quit. His position was once hailed by Sussex "cheerleader" Omid Scobie as a "hive of activity that continues to grow."
This led PR expert Ryan McCormick to tell an outlet: "They have to produce value for their organization, donors, [and] media partners. I would not be surprised if other high-level employees leave should this trend continue."
The entertainment analyst added: "Bennett Levine leaving appears to be an indication of chaos behind the scenes. The Mirror reported in 2023 that Harry and Meghan worked just ONE hour a week at Archewell. One hour a week is 2.5 percent of a typical 40-hour week most people work. That shows a considerable lack of effort and commitment. You can't expect employees to be their best if you're not willing to set a good example. This could have been a reason why Levine left."
Additionally, McCormick feels that staff departures are just one aspect of Archewell's decline, with another being Harry and Meghan's apparent laziness. "Levine departing, while noteworthy, doesn't compare to the elephant in the room, which is that Harry and Meghan aren't producing enough content,” they noted.
I'm happy to share that I'm starting a new position at Cinetic Media," Levine shared on his social media account. Shortly after his statement, a Sussex source stepped forward to spill that the manager's exit is "a blow to the company. There's no doubt about that."
This follows the Duchess of Sussex announcing at a red carpet event in November 2023 that Archewell had "so many exciting things on the slate." She added: "Things that make people feel — I was going to say 'good', but it's more than that — things that make people feel something, right?"
Levine's departure comes at a precarious time for the ex-working royals, who recently hit the fourth anniversary of "Megxit" when the duo famously exited the royal stage for the bright lights of Tinseltown. In the autumn of 2020, the Montecito pair signed a $100 million dollar contract with streaming giant Netflix, and recent news is also reportedly looking dismal for the couple's five-year deal.
Levine worked on their 2022 blockbuster documentary with the service, Harry & Meghan, which has turned out to be the only hit the duo has delivered to Netflix. Their original deal called for movies, documentaries, children's programming, and more — but as the end of the agreement rapidly approaches, the duo have only kicked up two additional failed documentaries for a total of three projects in four years.
Royal analysts and entertainment insiders alike have shared how the media conglomerate is "definitely not" going to renew its partnership with the "doolittle" royal rebels.
Daily Mirror interviewed McCormick.