Duchess Meghan’s Clevr Blends investment raised ‘more than a few’ royal eyebrows

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This is one of the funniest stories of the week, oh my GOD. So, we learned yesterday that the Duchess of Sussex made an investment in Clevr Blends, an oat-milk latte start-up based in the Montecito area. We found that out in the same newscycle that Oprah Winfrey posted a video to her social media where she received a basket of Clevr Blends lattes and she mixed one up, and she said that the basket came from “M” with a crown emoji. Well, who could have ever predicted that the Windsors would find a way to get their panties in a bunch about Meghan USING HER OWN MONEY to invest in a (female-owned) brand and finding a way to get Oprah’s endorsement. Behold, the palace was BLINDSIDED BY AN EMOJI.

Meghan Markle has prompted fury from the palace by enlisting Oprah Winfrey to help flog a vegan coffee she has invested in. Palace insiders revealed there were “more than a few raised eyebrows” today after it emerged Meghan has ploughed money into the firm Clevr Blends – a startup that makes instant oat-milk lattes – as she reportedly “begins to build a portfolio of startup investments”.

In January, when former actress Meghan and her husband Prince Harry sensationally quit their royal roles in a bid to “become financially independent” they promised to “continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty”.

Today Oprah, one of the world’s richest women, uploaded a video on her personal Instagram page boasting to her 19.2million followers how she’d received a gift from “my neighbour M”. The clue was followed by a crown emoji – a nod to her pal’s royal connections.

A royal source said: “It is hard to see how emojis apparently trading on royal connections is respecting the values of the royal family.”

It is not implied that Ms Winfrey – one of the world’s most powerful people in business – broke any rules, nor it is believed she was paid for the post. However, palace sources said the post was not being viewed favourably and the use of the crown emoji had been noted.

A royal source said: “When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step back as senior royals in order to become financially independent it was always going to be a balancing act. But what is clear are the promises made at the time to uphold the values of Her Majesty and the Crown, that neither party should be trading on their royal connections to benefit financially or risk bringing the Crown into disrepute.

[From The Daily Mirror]

If the sanctity of the Crown is in danger because Oprah Winfrey used an emoji, maybe the monarchy has bigger problems? So much for a brave new world in Sussex-Windsor relations following Meghan’s miscarriage op-ed huh? The Windsors are back on their bulls–t, trying to dictate what Meghan and Harry do with their money, their time, their names. And it goes further than that – “raised eyebrows” because OPRAH posted something on her social media. Can you even imagine being this salty and nitpicky? Especially when the Queen has a new gin company, the entire Windsor clan has an off-the-books endorsement deal with Land Rover and Will and Kate’s romance was financed by shady Uncle Gary. Nevermind all of the Prince Andrew stuff.

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  1. JT says:

    They’re just mad that H&M are making their own money and without necessarily needing to be associated with the royals. Does anybody think that Peter would be getting endorsement deals if he was an average joe? Or of Michael? I highly doubt it. The entire RF are making investments with taxpayer money no less and nobody bats an eyelash. Where is the scrutiny over the queen’s gin company? Whose funds is she using? Meghan is using her hard earned money and they can all shove it.

    • Dollycoa says:

      And would incompetent Andrew be getting kickbacks from an alleged charity to promote start up businesses if he wasnt Royal and mummy hadnt let him call his dodgy venture pitch@palace? I doubt it.

      • JT says:

        None of them would be able to stand without being royalty. The queen is poorly educated and quite dim herself. Where would she be without the crown? H&M don’t need the titles ( so much so, I wish they would do away with them), they have been thriving with their business acumen and hard work. William couldn’t even get Netflix to air his sad documentary, there’s now way he and Keen could get $100 million from anybody. Not even as a royal could they get this kind of deal. This is just jealousy talking.

      • Myra says:

        This was done in the palace too, with the consent of the royal family and their courtiers. Then there was the time two child predators sat on the throne after they were personally invited by mummy’s favourite boy, but no reprimands either. There was also the time the first in line to the throne befriended a sex-offending clergyman, still silence there from the palace. No punishments given for bringing the crown into disrepute, but an ethically-produced latte endorsed by a successful, philanthropic black woman draws the ire of the palace.

    • Love says:

      Right? Also, this isn’t that surprising. Hard work has always raised eyebrows in the palace. This is just the latest example 😉

    • PEARL GREY says:

      Oprah: *used crown emoji when referring to Meghan*
      Media: MEGHAN SPARKS FURY FOR TRADING ON ROYAL CONNECTIONS!

      The reach.

      Meanwhile the Queen and virtually every other member of the British monotony are using their status and titles to sell everything from booze, milk and biscuits to wool scarves and books. Oh, and “it’s been noted”? Not the palace still trying to convince everyone of that one year review that isn’t going to happen 😂👑

      • Becks1 says:

        I want to know how it’s “been noted.” Is the palace going to send a cease-and-desist letter to OPRAH???

        You don’t send for Oprah British press. she’ll send for you.

      • Belli says:

        As if Harry and Meghan are going to sit in Buckingham Palace like naughty schoolchildren while the Queen reads them a long list of their crimes over the year before ripping away their titles and throwing them out of the palace in disgrace.

        Sorry, I think I strayed into a royal reporter fantasy for a moment there!

      • mytwocents says:

        They sure are angry a lot, they really need to give it up

      • Really! Now Megan is responsible for Oprah too? Also, do you find it interesting that the Royal🐀Rota always use harsh verbs to describe anything Meghan does? Using the example in above article: Meghan “ploughed” her money…didn’t she simply invest? like she is just so common, no royal, aristocratic finesse.

    • Moxylady says:

      Here is the thing.
      If M supports it- you know she did her research. It’s sustainable, women positive etc. She wouldn’t support anything less. So it’s an immediate yes from me. That’s the power of M. She has been meticulous in what she supports and how. She’s the platinum standard. And I don’t follow IG or influencers or any of that. But if she invests in something, I know it’s good. Both as a product and for the world.

      • Amy Too says:

        The way that the article is written makes it sound like the fact that the latte mix is vegan is what is not upholding Her Majesty’s values.

        ‘Meghan Markle has prompted fury from the palace by enlisting Oprah Winfrey to help flog a vegan coffee she has invested in. Palace insiders revealed there were “more than a few raised eyebrows” today after it emerged Meghan has ploughed money into the firm Clevr Blends – a startup that makes instant oat-milk lattes…
        In January, when former actress Meghan and her husband Prince Harry sensationally quit…they promised to “continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty”.’

        This just really makes it sound like the fact that it’s vegan and oat milk is what’s upsetting the palace and going against HM’s values. They don’t even mention the crown emoji until later in the article. Oat milk is too “woke,” apparently, and as they continue to screech at us, “woke” is NOT a palace value.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        One of my co-workers who used to be a barista told me to try oat milk (Oatly specifically) and her endorsement was so passionate and enthusiastic I had to try it. WOW! It is so rich and delicious, it’s my favorite now.

        Oat milk has some fat from vegetable oil, but I kind of like that. Less fat that whole milk/etc., but much richer than almond milk. It’s even creamier than whole milk, too.

      • GuestwithCat says:

        That’s pretty much it. She’s got cred. She’s under too much scrutiny to do anything to undermine it.

        Also, being lactose intolerant but loving a good vegan latte even though I’m not otherwise vegan, I’m going to definitely give this a try anyway, now that I know about it. The fact that it’s a woman-owned company is froth on the latte.

    • bros says:

      hahaha panama papers, cough, ahem, cough cough, panama papers

  2. Alissa says:

    I misread this at first and thought it was saying that Meghan’s note was m with the crown emoji, and I thought that was interesting. then I saw the post and realized it was just Oprah who used it, and this is as stupid as usual.

    • Helen says:

      I thought the same thing, “Eh, maybe that’s questionable M,” but no, its Oprah trying to be cheeky. The mental gymnastics of this one are really mind-boggling (and I almost fell for it!)

    • Antonym says:

      Seriously! I mean they are aware that the 👑 emoji is available for peasant use. That we can even have our little emoji people wear a crown *gasp* 👸🏻

  3. Eleonor says:

    So: the Firm was mad at Netflix because they came out as a bunch of cold heartless people…the result was a lot of free pr for the Crown and Diana.
    Now they are coming after Meghan AGAIN because she has invested her own money in a startup. Free advertising again.
    I hope the startup make tons of money.
    Basically the Pr strategy of the firm is: they talk when they should shut up, mostrly because they are throwing tanthrums, and they don’t say a word when they should talk. Mostly because they should show kindness and compassion.

  4. Izzy says:

    Sorry, but OPRAH posted the message, not Meghan. Why do this family of racist inbreds and their conniving courtiers think they get to dictate whether or how Oprah speaks? And exactly what rules would Oprah run afoul of? She isn’t a member of the BRF. Twunts, the lot of them.

    • LaraK says:

      I think they are livid that Meghan is now forever associated with royalty. They can take away their titles, and people will still refer to H&M as royalty, prince, etc. They can’t police the world. They especially can’t police Oprah, Serena, etc. It must make them insane.

    • Sadiebelle says:

      Racist inbreds is now by favourite descriptor of the British Royal Family.

  5. Sofia says:

    Okay but am I reallllllly supposed to believe that none of the royals have any offshore accounts or investments anywhere? I know the Queen was named in the Panama (I think?) papers.

    • Xantha says:

      She was found to have money in offshore accounts yes. The whole thing hasn’t been brought up again but it would be naive to think she’s the only member of her family with offshore accounts. Lord knows what Charles and William do with their money. In a fair world, there would already be transparency about all the BRF finances. They are living off taxpayer money after all.

      • Sofia says:

        There will never be “enough” transparency about the BRF’s finances because it would a) reveal they have more money than we think therefore we don’t need to give them as much as we do and b) show how expensive the monarchy really is therefore turn people off them more

      • Becks1 says:

        @Sofia – bingo. There is never going to be more transparency about the royal finances because they don’t want there to be more transparency. They all have investments in a wide variety of business, funds, stocks – and I’m sure some of those investments are a lot sketchier than an oat milk latte company. But they will never be open about that for the reasons you said – it would reveal they have much more money than people seem to think.

      • Xantha says:

        Sofia, Becks you both made excellent points. Not to mention I think they are all exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, which make it harder to find out more about matters such as these

  6. ProfPlum says:

    Fergie literally spent the 90s on QVC flogging all manner of ridiculous plastic crap while explicitly trading on her title. But this raises eyebrows? Miss me with this, Betty. These parasites need to leave this woman alone.

    • BlueSky says:

      And wasn’t she a spokesperson for weight watchers too? This fake pearl clutching from the RF is stupid.

      • Snuffles says:

        Did whole ass commercials that aired on TV! Did a cameo on Friends, etc… I saw it all. Getting an endorsement from Oprah on Instagram pales in comparison.

        And those Derangers were desperately looking to prove it was illegal or unethical to do. But it’s not because Oprah didn’t get paid to do it. She was doing Meghan a solid. Also, celebrities and influencers get PR packages ALL THE TIME and test things out on their social media. It’s all on the up and up!

      • Esme says:

        Fergie’s behavior did raise eyebrows – only she was so bad at selling/investing/monetizing the royal connection that she became a joke very quickly. And she was brought back into the fold when the Epstein rumors became too prominent.
        I think the courtiers resent M ( 👑 ) because she’s successful.

    • mytwocents says:

      But Charles himself has the Duchy Originals? he sells organic food, honey… and The Queen made money off a drive-through movie on one of her properties just a few months ago!

    • Lizzie says:

      Fergie got away with this because the rf were stupid enough to cut her off. If they repeat that mistake with Harry and Meghan then there is nothing to keep them from doing anything they want, for instance resurrecting Sussex Royal. I don’t think they would just making the point that if the queen strips them of HRH or more then nothing is left to hold them back.

  7. mimi says:

    Her whole existence raises eyebrows

  8. Muffintop says:

    My god, could they be any pettier?! This is so ridiculous that it would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so steeped in underlying racism, classism and misogyny.

  9. BlueSky says:

    Because no one in the royal family has ever traded on their titles 🙄
    This train is never late. I guess now will come the conversation again of stripping them of their titles.
    And how dare Meghan have wealthy friends and connections!

    • JT says:

      I don’t even think it can be considered trading on royal connections. This Meghan’s own money that she is using. Just like you or I could use our own money to invest in this very same company. Oprah promoting this has nothing to do with the RF whatsoever. This is the royals connecting Meghan’s investment to them just like the home purchase, just like Netflix, and just like any future ventures. The RF cannot get press attention without H&M’s name, so they will be riding their train until the wheels come off. Those “new firm” photos went over like a lead ballon because nobody cared. This investment news got over 8,000 comments in an hour. All they have left are outrage over anything Harry and Meghan do. As if the royals are moving on without them.

      • Britt says:

        Exactly. That family is upset because no one truly cares outside of the Queen, Harry and Meghan at this point and the media are upset that the American media is profiting and none of this outrage has slowed them down.

      • JT says:

        What’s funny is that apathy is what will keep the monarchy going. Brits not caring enough to get rid of them will help them survive. But they don’t want apathy, they want celebrity and fame. They want what H&M have, hence the smear campaign. They want all of their comings and goings to be on the front pages like Harry and Meghan, so they seethe and smear them instead.

  10. Dollycoa says:

    I think more than anything it just goes to show how out of touch and ridiculous Royal sycophants and yes men are, as much as the Royals. The Royals are petty but their mouthpieces should be giving them better advice and telling them to stfu The only other thing that makes sense is that their PR staff hate them and like making them look like fools!

  11. Muffintop says:

    Also, can we all agree that Oprah is the real queen in this situation, and just ignore the House Of Betty from now on?

  12. Chartreuse says:

    But the paedophile prince is ok
    . Good then. No raised eyebrows there. Or about ALL the HRHs that earn a crust. Thing is the public fell for it. I know tons of I just hate meghan people. Even royal blah Brits. The fails work worked

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      The people who fall for it hated Meghan from the moment she was revealed as Harry’s girlfriend. These sorts looks for anything to justify their hate and disapproval of Meghan and the BM gives them a reason everyday with their stupid headlines. They could create a headline saying, “Meghan is responsible for Trump losing the election” and this crowd would start bleating on about that. Sensible neutral people who doesn’t have a hate on for Meghan are a little more discerning and may believe some of the stories, but not most and after awhile when they see the pattern, realize what is up. You see these people online everyday who acknowledge that they realized the British media has a vendetta against Meghan, so they search online for others who notice the same thing. No one is truly as dumb as to believe the headlines forever about Meghan unless they are being willfully ignorant.

  13. Britt says:

    I find it absolutely hilarious how that family and media seem to think that people actually care 😂 At this point, both entities are in a perpetual state of bothered and angry. At the end of the day, Meghan and Harry were a bag they both fumbled and instead of admitting they they screwed up, they keep doubling down with the smears and abuse and it’s gotten to the point of just plain boring. At the end of the day, both the RF and RR’s lost out and have both lost something they could’ve benefited from if they had just knocked it off. Meghan, Harry, The Crown, Diana, these fools never learn.

  14. Amy Bee says:

    This is confirms that the Royal Family and the courtiers are stupid and petty. An emoji has their panties in a twist? The Cambridges just put out video which looks like a promo for a toy store and the entire rota was cooing over it this morning. Another thing, it’s clear by this reaction, that the palace has banned Harry and Meghan from using social media during the one year review.

    • Snuffles says:

      I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if that’s the case but I can just as easily see they were willing to take a break until they get Archewell up and running. I feel like we will see new social media and a flurry of activity starting in January 2021.

      • Amy Bee says:

        I think they will return to social media but at the end of March 2021 in accordance with the one year review agreement.

      • Ginger says:

        I think they will have an Instagram for their foundation but I don’t think they will have a personal one. I can’t wait to see KP’s number go up when that happens. KP’s numbers have barely moved since Meghan and Harry left. Time to buy more bots!

    • cisne says:

      This definitely makes sense!!! I can’t believe someone as social media savvy as M 👑 would not utilize it at all since the break. And that is why the RF is griping about, Meghan’s smart get around by using her friend Oprah to do it for her!…and basically sticking it to them…

      *Yeah that M is like:* “what are you going to do ’boutit? 😁 in a new york mafioaso voice.

      *RF be like:* stump feet , throw tantrum and whine like a bitch: “that is so not fair Meghan…you just skirted the social media ban…you know we cant punish you ..we hate you!” poutie mouth, snotty nose and all….
      *M👑: * See yah next round bitches!!

    • Myra says:

      I don’t think they banned the Sussexes from social media. They would have no grounds to do so and honestly, what would be the punishment if they refused? It’s probably Harry and Meghan taking a much-needed break until Archewell is launched officially.

    • Sunday says:

      Meghan and Harry have been very focused on ‘a more compassionate internet’ aka ‘stopping evil social media companies from allowing nazis, bots, and morons to relentlessly harass individuals under the cover of anonymity’, so while I’m sure they will have a professional social media presence for Archewell, they’re not exactly going to be setting up a facebook page because it sort of goes against their guiding principle right now.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Part of the escape package was not to use the IG followers they had. That is, they weren’t allowed to just change the name of Sussex royal and carry on with the followers they had built up, they MUST start anew. Harry and Meghan agreed to that to gain their freedom and has decided to take a break from social media to get their stuff situated before beginning again.

  15. Lizzie says:

    Isn’t PC hawking wool scarves, in addition to all of the rf hawking products Kaiser mentions? RF is just mad that Meghan is the most popular royal on Twitter and Baldy and Doormat down the list at seventh and eighth.

    • Britt says:

      All of these people are morons. You can tell that em thriving and living their best life has them bothered. Nothing has worked and nothing has made them any less boring and bland. Attacking the most popular people isn’t going to make Will and Kate shine more.

  16. ABritGuest says:

    I’d really like to think that this is made up by the Mirror (a paper Harry is suing over phone hacking & is on their non engagement list) rather than actually coming from someone in the Firm. Because a crown emoji is trading in royal status? Really?! The crown emoji doesn’t belong to the BRF. Lots of people call each other queen/king casually & label stars the same eg calling Beyonce Queen Bey. Ridiculous

    Plus not sure they want to go down that road when Andrew was literally getting a profit from Pitch at the palace with events hosted in the palace. Princess Michael has her HRH all over her books and her website featuring her books, speeches, design co was linked on the royal family’s page. The Queen & Charles have lots of commercial & real estate investments including offshore as panama papers exposed . BP just released a new gin line and wasn’t the Sandringham estate charging for drive through cinema over the summer & meet& greets for royal gardeners etc. Anne used to have horse racing trials at her estate. Lots of examples of royals and their commercial interests. Faux outrage as usual

    • Really! Now Megan is responsible for Oprah too? Also, do you find it interesting that the Royal🐀Rota always use harsh verbs to describe anything Meghan does? Using the example in above article: Meghan “plowed” her money…didn’t she simply invest? like she is just so common, no royal, aristocratic finesse.

      • Feeshalori says:

        As if she’s plowing a field, very working class. As if we don’t notice the subliminal messages being sent.

  17. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    Do they have any eyebrows left to raise? The energy? The hate? Haven’t their eyebrows been burned off by rage yet? Aren’t they worn out? Take a spa day ffs. I think I’ll go buy some of these products.

  18. The Duchess says:

    Good. They can carry on with the faux outrage at everything the Sussexes do because the Sussexes will carry on making their well deserved coin. The royals look so petty and stupid, and it’s becoming more obvious than ever now. The jealousy here stinks rotten.

    I doubt very much Harry & Meghan are sat in the mansion THEY own (😏) worrying about what the medias + stupid courtiers are saying. Seethe, britain, seethe.

    • Ginger says:

      I’m sure they know that no matter what they do the UK will have it out for them. They could go completely silent for 10 years and the UK would be outraged daily. I’m just so glad they don’t live there anymore.

  19. S808 says:

    So this will be the routine whenever she does….anything. Meghan: does….something, media: criticizes her via “royal sources”, a few months/weeks/days later: a royal that isn’t her does the exact same thing, media: 😁

    They can can it. Charles has his business and the Queen has hers. Hell, Peter, a non working royal, is slinging milk in China as a “prince” and lord only knows what all Mike and Zara are doing for that Asian billionaire. They’re upset that the duchess, a non working royal is using HER money to invest in a start up? Nah, what they’re really upset about is that Meghan is no longer living off of taxpayer money so controlling her every move and blasting her either way is no longer an option. Meghan completely independent from them is a Meghan they can’t control.

    • truthSF says:

      “Nah, what they’re really upset about is that Meghan is no longer living off of taxpayer money so controlling her every move and blasting her either way is no longer an option. Meghan completely independent from them is a Meghan they can’t control.”

      This!!⬆️

      They (the RRs) were promised complete control of Meghan👑 when she joined the royal fold. And the reason why the hate picked up after the tour (beside the success of the tour) is because once Meghan’s pregnancy was confirmed, the RR knew she was permanently a part of that family. And that they forever had free reigns to abuse her per Bullyiam’s order!! They never wanted to get rid of her. She made them too much money, and put them on a pedestal of self importance due to the RR getting news on H&M👑 first.

      H&M👑 leaving and becoming 100% independent of the firm and RR was the worse thing to happened to these psychopaths! Especially with H&M👑 setting up shop and residence in the U.S., because not only do the rotas get their news last, but the U.S news/stories gets 10x the amount of exposure worldwide than anything Britain has/was ever able to do! All their complaints now just sounds like an annoying fly buzzing in you ears! No one cares how they feel about the Sussexes👑 except the few haters still buzzing about!!😌

  20. tee says:

    I really wish they’d leave them alone. They left, like you were daring them to, yet to you still harass them constantly. Never mind that when they do things to “uphold the Queen’s values”, such as publicly paying tribute to lost veterans, they’re chastised for pretending to still be royal or setting up a rival court. It’s been years of this now and it’s totally exhausting.

  21. Rob says:

    I am so sick of the firm, RF, BHP and whatever royal entity that has had it out for Harry. Pissed he went outside of England and married an American, and a woman of color. They are pissed he’s making his own money, complained about Frogmore Cottage, even after paying back 2+million for the reno. Nothing M & H has done, or continues to do, pleases them. So H & M have taken the high road, doing what is best for their family, as it should be.

  22. Amy Bee says:

    For the media and the palace, the half in/half out arrangement that Harry and Meghan was proposing is probably looking really good right now. But both were too stupid and short sighted to realise under that arrangement, they would have had some control over what Harry and Meghan did. Thankfully, the palace, encouraged by the media, denied their offer.

    • Becks1 says:

      I know we keep saying this, but that’s what drives me crazy about this!! Meghan and Harry OFFERED a situation where the palace could actually have some say and influence over their actions. The palace turned it down. And now they’re all mad and blindsided b/c they…..have no say or influence over their actions.

  23. Jessica says:

    Piss off you utter goobers! These “royal sources” must be closet republicans, because they have made me despise the monarchy! Hypocrites. Absolute hypocrites. They just don’t want Harry and Meghan to keep showing people that they, like Diana did, have their own particular brand of magic.

    Meghan and Harry, keep shining brightly. To hell with these people!

  24. Jay says:

    Just imagine if slimy Andrew had been even moderately successful using his palace connections in that “pitch@palace” scheme. These same papers would be all “smart, self-made businessman” and “new generation of royals” etc. Too bad.

    Also, Meghan investing in a female-led vegan latte start up company with connections to not one, but TWO black celebrities? I’ll bet at least one reporter blacked out from sheer excitement.

    • Rebecca says:

      He was successful. He got a 2% cut of every deal made through Pitch@Palace. The UK tabloids knew this, but conveniently didn’t report it UNTIL non-Rota reporters started looking at the deals and commenting how abnormal it in tech for a person that’s basically a go-between taking 2% of each and every deal for a number of years.

      • Jay says:

        Oh, I’m sure he took his cut, but I mean were the actual investments successful because of his input? All I ever remember reading about was the high potential for money laundering.

  25. Keroppi says:

    You are only supposed to pay lip service to environmentalism and good causes! Not put actual effort and money into it. It’s only supposed to be about the photoshoot and PR. Silly Meghan!

  26. Ginger says:

    The RF were “blindsided” because the leaks have stopped. They couldn’t leak the story themselves and spin a negative narrative. The US coverage of this has been positive and of course the UK thinks this is worse than anything Andrew has done. I do wonder what Harry thinks of how the US media has treated them? It has to be a breath of fresh air.

  27. Betsy says:

    I honestly think that Meghan held the gift basket back until after the Oprah’s Favorite Things list was released. You know why she did? Because she’s classy and she’s not trying to trade on that.

  28. Snuffles says:

    @ginger I agree. Unless Meghan plans on going full social media influencer like a Kardashian, I can’t see them getting a personal Instagram account. But, I could totally be wrong as well. 🤷🏽‍♀️

    I am SO curious to see their social media strategy roll out. I am 99.9% sure there will be an Archewell one. But, maybe if Meghan plans on starting her own investment ventures, she might get a personal one to promote her investments.

    I’m on the fence on how much personal stuff they will share. Will we see more of the house? Archie? Family and friends?

    I can’t wait!!

    • Ginger says:

      @Snuffles I am very curious as well. I wouldn’t mind a personal Instagram account. Their old account was very good at balancing work with some personal touches. I see Archewell being strictly work and that’s it. I can’t wait to see what they do with social media.

    • Harla says:

      If they do venture back into social media I hope that they permanently turn off to the comments.

      • JanetDR says:

        That’s an excellent idea!
        I have been very torn by wanting them to have their privacy and wanting to see pictures of Archie…

  29. Betsy says:

    I looked the Clevr Blends up (sorry if I missed the disco yesterday; big school day for the kids) just now – I’d be really interested in trying them if they were just unsweetened. I can’t stand monkfruit and stevia with their weird, “slippery” taste. This isn’t a criticism just of Clevr; I feel like a lot of brands include those fake, processed sweeteners.

    In case any Clevr execs are reading…

  30. HK9 says:

    It’s official-these people have nothing to do.

  31. Jessie Quinton says:

    So Prince Charles started Duchy Originals — a company that sells a whole line of organic foods from the Duchy of Cornwall in partnership with Waitrose, a major upmarket supermarket chain here in Waitrose.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waitrose_Duchy_Organic

    NO ONE says boo about this because the money goes to Prince Charles’s charities. But let Meghan do the same thing with HER own money and it’s off with her head? F— off with that noise.

  32. Lorelei says:

    All I know is that I’m looking forward to referring to Meghan as “M (👑) “ in conversations online with people who I know will be annoyed by it 🥰

    Yes this is petty but no one could possibly be pettier that the members of this family.

  33. Midge says:

    They are so jealous of her.

  34. lanne says:

    The royals completely blew it with Meghan. The only people they should be mad at are themselves. The toxicity of the Rf from Diana’s time has not changed, and its now lying in wait like a cancer to infect the next generation of royal children. The point of the royal family isn’t to celebrate tradition, or represent the history of the UK. The point of the royal family, practically speaking, is to destroy the lives of all of its members at the expense of the heir, for the sake of public entertainment. That’s the “duty” that Harry is supposed to stick around to serve: that’s the “duty” that Meghan is supposed to serve for being “accepted into the hallowed halls.” According to them, she should consider it a privilege to be abused by them because after all, she gets to mix with “the best of society,” as if them ibble dibblers are worth aspiring to be a part of. It’s feeding gladiators to the lions, British style, with fancy china. Everyone is there for the spectacle. I’m really looking forward to the day that H and M write their own book and tell us all what really went down–if they choose to do so.

    • Dollycoa says:

      Agree Lannie. The only point of the Royal Family is to keep the Monarchy going for it’s own ends. If that means throwing those further down the line to the dogs, so be it. Imagine a family who see their own children as less important than keeping their own self interest alive. The Queen Mother used to only invite Charles and William to tea as they were the heirs. The rest are collateral damage. Their purpose is as cannon fodder. They are so desperate to cling on to the Crown because they know that, despite the best education in the world, they are incredibly dim, with few redeeming features
      They would sink without a trace in 2 generations having spent all their money and being too stupid to make any more.

  35. Rise_Above says:

    Haters gonna hate

  36. GrnieWnie says:

    Yes, it’s the EMOJI that tarnishes the crown. Not Prince Andrew’s pedophile buddy and alleged sex abuses. These petty little whiners.

  37. mish-mash says:

    Oh please Meghan’s using the Royal connection to make as much money as possible…Of course they’re mad….

    • L4frimaire says:

      They’re mad because she’s doing it so well. They are not just doing any old thing, but aligning with things that are built to last, and fit their criteria. I don’t know how people can pretend that royal connection doesn’t exist with a straight face, especially when he’s right there with her. Let’s be real here. How does that even work when everyone knows who they are. They were told they shouldn’t take taxpayer funding, they were doing their royal jobs all wrong by being too political, doing too much, sending early emails, smiling too much, etc.,etc. She was told to go back to America, pay back Frogmore, not use HRH, earn their own money ( btw she already had her own money- lots of it, which a lot of people conveniently forget). They have followed all that. What they’re not gonna do is disappear and shut up. That’s the real wishful thinking.

  38. windyriver says:

    I shake my head whenever I read about “upholding the Queen’s values”. As far as not bringing the Crown into disrepute, see multiple examples of RF hypocrisy above.

    And, which “Queen’s values” would those be? Compassion and kindness? Never mind what Harry and Meghan went through, before they were stripped of everything the RF thought they could get away with. How about cheaping out on staff Xmas gifts because you’re “saving money”, when you’re one of the world’s wealthiest families? Not to mention, expecting your staff to be away from their own families so you can have your typical Xmas at Sandringham in the middle of a pandemic.

    What about, fidelity to the law, and general morality? Exhibit A, Andrew, who would still be a working royal if TQ had her druthers.

    How about, being a source of inspiration and hope for your people during a time rivaling a world war in number of deaths? Maybe I’m forgetting something, but what else has TQ done since that one speech early on?

    Then there’s having your family set an example for the population, modeling best practices in a dire health emergency. You could wear masks, even if that’s above and beyond what regulations – in your country – currently require. Instead, why not allow your royal train be used for a tour that violates pandemic protocol in other countries, and puts local populations at risk of a super spreader event?

    As far as I see, the only ones following what the Queen’s values SHOULD be, are Harry and Meghan.

  39. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Emoji Fury! It’s a real thing!

  40. Feeshalori says:

    Shame on them causing such an outcry over a commonly used emoji that’s popular among the common rabble. And Meghan didn’t even use it. You’d have thought she plastered the basket all over with a crown motif with the response this has sparked.

  41. L4frimaire says:

    It was interesting how the royal reporters were trying to turn this investment news in a QVC moment, like Meghan will be on television selling lattes. They really are trying it with Oprah. In the grand scheme of things, this company is a local company, they’re her neighbors and this is a small company with some added seed money. I doubt she’s the only investor either. I’m sure the Sussexes will be investing in in many other startups and ventures going forward. The press really are treating this like they bought a stake in Amazon or something. It’s lattes, not even available in UK. They need to calm down.

  42. RoyalBlue says:

    ” the use of the crown emoji had been noted.” is this supposed to be stern words indicating future punishment awaits at the one year review? Oh I see, only senior royals are allowed to use the emoji!

  43. Brittney B says:

    Oprah has had their back far more than Harry’s own brother or father. The royal family could’ve prevented everything they’re criticizing. The irony

  44. Chelsea says:

    Yall this article is 100% made up by Russell Myers. I dont doubt that the Windsors are salty but he’s just trying to save face after he stupidly wrote an article calling Oprah’s instagram post “bizarre” because he had no idea that Meghan had invisted in the company so he’s now trying to run around claiming he has scoops.

    This is the same idiot who said in the June that the Sussexes were struggling financially only for it to be revealed later that they bought a $15 million mansion that same month and who is now claiming that he broke the story about their Spotify deal lol