in 2020, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex And Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals. His plan was to pursue his work outside the royal family as well as achieve financial independence.
Now that the Sussexes are living in California and free to make their own way, a royal expert believes they are “under immense pressure” to succeed.
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After stepping down, Meghan and Harry signed production deals with streaming platforms such as Netflix and Spotify. He also has a book deal with Penguin Random House.
So far, the couple has only released one podcast episode for Spotify. Meghan also released a children’s book called Desk in June 2021.
Meghan and Harry are still working on Netflix content. Meghan is producing a children’s show about historical women, called Pearl. Meanwhile, Harry is working on a series about the Invictus Games.
Harry is also writing a memoir, which will be published in 2022.
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As the Sussexes struggle to leave the royal family and go their own way, royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes they cannot afford to fail in their new career path.
“With these deals, there is tremendous pressure on Harry and Meghan to try and make their lives successful in America,” Larcombe said, according to close online.
He said, “They have caused so much uproar to both the royal family and the media that they really have no choice but to fail. It would be the ultimate humiliation. If Netflix isn’t happy and the production doesn’t get the audience they’re hoping for.” If so, they will not give them another contract.
Larcombe also noted that Meghan and Harry are now competing in the “business world”, which is a “cut-off”.
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After Meghan and Harry stepped down, the couple began speaking to the press about their grievances against the royal family. This reportedly separated them from Harry’s relatives.
According to Larcombe, although the couple has found freedom in California, they are also “stuck” in a way.
Larcombe explained, “If freedom is being able to say what you want, when you want, whom you want to speak, then Harry has found a degree of freedom.” “But if freedom is behind you the good will to live peacefully, to be able to live the life you want, or to be at peace with the people you line up with, then freedom is not achieved.”
“It’s backfired. It seems like Harry and Meghan have completely isolated themselves – they’re more trapped than ever in this new life they’ve created,” Larcombe said.
Larcombe believes that Harry “will not feel free and at peace” until he can “make amends with his loved ones.”