As 2024 gets into full swing, Prince Harry's relationship with the royal family is still at rock bottom. But the fifth in line to the throne could make things right with a lot of work toward "reconciliation."
"Prince Harry, [who is] seemingly more inclined towards reconciliation with the royal family, faces the daunting task of repairing the damage caused by his book Spare," royal and entertainment commentator Mark Boardman exclusively tells The Royal Observer.
"Prince Harry's pursuit of building their own fortune post-royal split, despite facing setbacks, holds promise for this year with Harry being invited to attend multiple charity events that is a patron off giving more kudos to him, particularly with the Invictus Games offering multiple filming opportunities year-on-year to show us his better side," the showbiz journalist shares. "Prince Harry's charity work remains a crucial aspect of his narrative, paying homage to his late mother."
Ever since the controversy of his memoir somewhat settled down toward the end of the first quarter of 2023, the fiery-haired prince has mostly focused on humanitarian endeavors. His tour of Asia to promote the Archewell Foundation last summer was lauded, and the Invictus Games in September was a success, but his career output has been radio silence ever since.
Many analysts claim this could be due to both royal rebels being hard at work on Netflix projects, yet others feel that Harry and Meghan Markle are "lost" thanks in part to their attacks on the British monarchy.
"A 'way back to royal life' for Prince Harry is imperative to avoid further mockery or failed projects," Boardman observes, before sharing how this year's challenges for Team Sussex will likely come for both royals as a "brand."
He continues: "The potential implications for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2024 pose unprecedented challenges, demanding a well-thought-out strategy for their comeback. Strengthening their public image may involve a united front at public events, with their young children making notable appearances in the media."
The "less is more" approach could be what Harry and Meghan are aiming for this year. The former Suits star also has a partnership with the WME talent agency, which some commentators claim is likely to be in the influencer/health and wellness sphere, ala Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. But no matter where they steer their efforts, this year is more than likely to feature multiple ventures from Team Sussex.
"2024 is an intriguing period for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with many ongoing developments and challenges that have captured the public's attention, from contracts ending to ongoing support from Netflix and publishers and a lot to come from their company, Archewell," the media commentator concludes.