"With multimillion-dollar deals in place for multiple book deals and ownership of publication rights to a novel, besides running the Archewell Foundation, the Sussexes are actively shaping their narrative and are certainly not waiting for something to happen," Tinseltown expert Mark Boardman dished.
"I know from years working in the media that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be inundated with various offers to attend events and support good causes. This is in addition to being receipt an array of collaborations to speaking engagements that all would equate to a full-time role. 2024 holds the potential for a more positive year for the Sussexes financially, with more money rolling in, no matter what they choose to focus on," he added.
Boardman also observed that "winning back more public support and being more open will create more opportunities," for the duo but others feel that a more charitable approach to their public persona is the right option for the new year.
"The Hollywood Reporter article on them was pretty damaging to their prestige. To be listed as one of the most prominent losers in the showbiz industry of 2023 will have done them no favors in terms of generating interest or support or of course, donations to Archewell. All of that is linked to the celebrity world," royal expert Gareth Russell told an outlet.
He continued: "The Sussexes' critics have said that the majority of their attention seems to be on rebutting stories like whether or not they were invited to the Duke of Westminster's wedding, rather than engaging in more positive stories. So I would imagine if the Sussexes return to their charities with the focus they've shown before and to other projects, 2024 could be a year where they help turn around some of the public opinion for them. But I do think it has to be a different tactic going forward than what we've seen in recent years."
2023 was not kind to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as their marriage was frequently called into question, in addition to their living arrangements and the status of their $100 million dollar Netflix contract, which remains intact. September's Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany, remains the ex-working royals' only high-profile joint appearance of the year, which was not without criticism for Meghan.
But in what many experts and commentators call a "firm signal" that Hollywood is no longer interested in the duo, being labeled as "losers" by the industry's namesake outlet "will be hard to overcome."
GBN reported on the expert opinions.