Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had a very un-royal 2023, but with her potential memoirs making headlines, can the former actress revive her popularity this year?
"What is her brand, and will that brand still be there? The longer she's out of the public eye, the harder it will be to kickstart it," royal commentator Richard Kay dished to "Palace Confidential."
"I think we can be sure that one thing she is really doing is being a mum and spending time with her children, but it is interesting. Is it because she wanted to give a bit more space to Harry, who had so much to get off his chest this year with his ghastly book and his interviews about his family," Kay added when highlighting Meghan's low profile amid 2023's non-stop embarrassments.
He continued: "Maybe she wanted to put a bit of clear blue water between what he had to say and what she's going to do next, [she] didn't want to taint her brand."
The Duchess of Sussex's rumored life story is poised to make "millions," but it could also come with some risky consequences.
"Meghan’s memoirs could stir controversy and reignite debates surrounding her relationship with the royal family, especially if she chooses to reveal previously undisclosed details," entertainment journalist Mark Boardman shared in September 2023.
As The Royal Observer previously reported, the Duchess of Sussex's autobiography is likely to be controversial, just as her husband, Prince Harry's, Spare, proved to be. The former actress is expected to explore everything from the Omid Scobie, Endgame, naming of the "royal racist(s)" in the Oprah interview, her supposed feud with Catherine, Princess of Wales, to her turbulent years trying to make it in ruthless Hollywood.
Some analysts predict that even though it would undoubtedly be a bestseller and dominate headlines for days to weeks, the book could backfire on the Suits alum and further destroy her integrity and trustworthiness. However, the damage may already be done in that regard, which would make the tell-all nothing more than bitter icing on the cake for her critics. This seems to be the direction publishers want the tome to take.
"A few publishers did show interest, they feel they can make a buck, but it's all about the money they would have to shell out. Can you imagine the humiliation when they said they'd like to see at least three chapters first to see how the story pans out?" royal commentator Neil Sean shared.
"In the world of publishing, this means one thing. They want to see if you've got a worthwhile story. The sticking point is they can't trust giving anything out to a publisher without top-level security because it could get leaked, and then the whole deal will be ruined," he added during an episode of his popular YouTube series.
GBN reported on the expert opinions.