Will Prince Harry & Meghan’s next business move involve a book deal?

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality!

One of the complaints about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s “Sussexit” to America is that they “claimed” they wanted “privacy” and then they kept stealing attention away from the dull AF Windsors. First of all, “privacy” was never the biggest reason why they Sussexited. They wanted freedom most of all – freedom from the stuffy, rigid bureaucracy, freedom to make money, freedom to live on their own terms, without being bullied and smeared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and various palace courtiers. But the privacy complaint is one still being used today, and it’s just as pathetic-sounding as you can imagine:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been ‘drip-feeding press’ with content, a royal expert has claimed. The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said he found it ‘extraordinary’ that the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, have made various appearances – despite stepping back as royals in March for more privacy.

Speaking to True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, the commentator and royal expert said: ‘I find it extraordinary that two people who left basically because they felt press intrusion and yet in the past 12 months we’ve had nothing but drip-feeding the press about things that they’re doing.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Arbiter is such a bitch, my God. Anyway, these people are trash and of course the Sussexes want attention… attention for the charities they support, attention for the causes they believe in, attention for the projects they’re launching with Netflix and Spotify. They’ve really created an American “royal court” and these prissy Brits cannot stand it. Speaking of, is a book deal the next frontier for Meghan and Harry?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “modelling themselves on the Obamas” and will release a tell-all book next, an expert has claimed. Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s next project after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix – which were reportedly worth over £142m.

She said: “The Obamas’ Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that’s exactly what we’re seeing.’ Describing the Obama’s brand as “high end” and “aspirational”, the expert added: “It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it’s a successful business model.”

Insisting that “books are next on the agenda”, Katie continued: “Meghan’s a big fan of self-help books herself, she’s a writer, she loves writing — I mean, look at the piece she wrote for The New York Times. So I think it’s very, very likely that they will move into books, or certainly Meghan particularly.”

If they were to write a “tell-all” book, the expert believes they would tell their story in a way that was respectful to the monarchy after they pledged to “uphold the values of Her Majesty” in their Megxit statement. In August, it was reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “absolutely adore” self-help guru Brene Brown – and Katie believes the Duchess will want to explore the wellness and healthy living genres in future.

[From The Sun]

Honestly… I really hope that Meghan does not decide to write her own story at this point and I REALLY hope she doesn’t attempt some kind of feel-good self-help book. I mean, I’ll support her no matter what, but… yeah, a self-help book might be a bridge too far. Now, I could *totally* see her doing her own cookbook, or organizing another fundraising cookbook, something like that. And I would support that completely.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an event at Millennium Point to celebrate International Women's Day in Birmingham on 8th March 2018

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  1. Sofia says:

    Nicholls doesn’t know anything.

    But I don’t see a memoir anytime soon. I’m thinking 5+ years before we can start to seriously have that conversation but more realistically, 10+ years. There’s really nothing to write (yet) that people would want to read other than royal tea and neither Harry or Meghan seem like the type to do so. They haven’t so far.

    Of course, they could announce they’re doing a memoir in the next minute so I turn out to be very wrong but again, it’s something that I don’t see happening now.

    I can see another cookbook. I can see her doing a lifestyle book where she turns the Tig into book form or something like that. Can also see her creating a book about dogs or something. Like a children’s story.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I said it two days ago and I will say it again: “Katie Nicholls is such a loser”.

      Just to add a little more to make my point: “Katie Nicholls is a bogger loser than Katie Price”.

      IMHO, The Sussexes need to wait 10 years to write a “Tell-All” or need to wait until Charles III ascends the throne to see what glorious heights of success Sussexit reaches. I am really not concerned because Katie Nicholls makes it all up as she goes along and Katie Nicholls is such a loser.

      • Sofia says:

        I agree. Plus I think 10+ years will be more than enough time for the Sussexes to do something so they’ll be able to gloss over the royal stuff and still have plenty of content people will want to read.

        Also the George and Charlotte will be in their teens and Louis will be approaching it so the rota might be too focused on the Cambridge kids to complain about the Sussexes longer than 2 days or something.

    • Tasz says:

      Perhaps guest editors for another magazine. Vogue was a great success. That might be a better fit than a book. Although, another cookbook would be cool.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Whatever the Sussexes do, thanks to the ilks of KN it will be a roaring success. Some people are just blessed like that. They have the ability to use the lemons thrown at them to make every conceivable lemon product.

    • Myra says:

      I agree with you @Sofia. If she ever decides to write a memoir, it would be in 10+ years. Maybe the rights will pass to her estate or something but those daily journals she keeps would be worth a fortune some day.

    • Chelsea says:

      Remember like 4 months ago when Katie was telling everyone that Meghan was using her Zoom calls to “Audition” for speaking engagements because she and Harry desperately needed money lol

      I could see them possibly signing a book deal but i dont see it being a tell all. I think they might try to make an Archewell brand that lifts up others work like Oprah and Reese do with their book clubs and elevating other writers while still writing opeds in publications from time to time.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      They won’t touch their story about what happened to them in the BRF until the queen and even Charles pass away. This is if they will go there at all and I tend to believe they will never go there themselves. Someone who knows will finally tell the truth one day perhaps after that queen person dies.

  2. Snuffles says:

    Apparently according to the Royal Rota it is either disappear and fade into obscurity or stay and be their whipping post. There is no in between. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

    • Drun says:

      I mean really!

    • Kalana says:

      I wish Omid’s book had really delved into how unusual and appalling it was that regular rota papers, not even the tabloids, published illegally gained and intrusive information from the helicopter flying over the Cotswold cottage and photographing the interior. Anyone would be done with the rota at that point.

      Meghan and Harry left so they wouldn’t have to deal with the rota and instead Omid’s book was first excerpted in The Times, one of the newspapers that participated in the Cotswold stunt.

      • Ginger says:

        Bryony Gordon had excerpts of her book in the Daily Mail and the Sussex squad went off on her. She said it was her publisher that picked which paper to use not her. That could be the case with Omid. Also, Omid said he had to take a lot out due to legal reasons from the palace.

        I would love for Harry to do a book on his time in the military and for Meghan to do a cookbook.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Truly laughable…

      It’s FINE when PwT and KeenKatieCEO want “privacy” in their “down/family” time, to not be photographed, etc. To ONLY be covered at “work” events for “Queen and Country”. But GOD FORBID anyone else (*POC Duchess*cough*) ask for the same… !!!

      Did anyone notice, as well, the blurb in the sidebar of The Fail, where they spoke of (I *think* it was Mandy Moore) “gracefully cradling her bump”, yet *every*single*time* Meghan touched Archie, she was “clutching her bump”. Wonder WHAT is the difference between those two women…???? I just can’t put my finger on it….. Help a Sister CBer out here peeps! *yes, HUGE sarcastic font being used here!*

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Yes, the coded language of the gutter press. It’s a play book as old as time. Sadly for the BM the Sussexes defied the odds getting all those deals in their FIRST year. The worry is that H and M will eclipse the stolen fortune of the Queen in no time and I am here to see it happen.

      • Christine says:

        This was the very first thing I noticed, when the hairs on the back of my neck raised up. When Kate put her hand on her stomach, when she was pregnant, she was maternal, protective, a paragon of womanhood. With Meghan, the language shifted immediately. She was “bragging”, “drawing focus to her stomach”, and it made me want to vomit.

        I was a lifelong Anglophile (I’m 46, so not ancient). To wit, I accidentally minored in English history and literature in college, because I loved the classes so much, I took many. No more.

  3. Kalana says:

    Confession: I would be so open to Meghan writing a book on how she practices self-care having had to deal with the Markles, the difficulties of Hollywood, the rota, the Windsors etc. When I read Meghan’s essay in the NY Times, her line about lying in her hospital bed and thinking -How do we heal from this? resonated with me. Currently, when trying to sort something in my own life, I keep coming back to that line as a reset for how I want to tackle things.

    There are lines here and there -rebuild until it is rebuilt because when the foundation is broken so are we -that I just love and find so helpful.

    • Harla says:

      @Kalana, this is one of the nicest, heartfelt comments I’ve read anywhere in a long time. You’ve inspired me to look back at Meghan’s speeches and articles/interviews to remind myself how to care for myself during difficult times. Thanks Kalana!

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Meghan’s collection of essays and philosophies will definitely be a lovely thing to read. Even her haters will hate buy and read them so they can criticise but either way she will make bank.

    • Megan2 says:

      I love this. I would absolutely love a book from her about self-care and healing.

      Also, another cookbook.

      ALSO; a series of children’s books with diverse characters set in places around the globe to highlight the experiences of children everywhere instead of the typical white kids in the Westernized countries. Perhaps she could just publish them; solicit the stories from authors of different backgrounds, cultures, countries, etc. and have the proceeds go into children’s charities or something.

      I mean, I have no kids but I would buy those books. I would buy almost anything to support one of Meghan’s causes.

  4. Aurora says:

    I’m curious what career options the Rota envisioned for the Sussexes that didn’t involve some sort of visibility. Did they really expect them to work at McDonald’s?

  5. ABritGuest says:

    Dickie was one of those that said after Andrew’s disastrous interview that Andrew and the Sussexes need to be separated from the rest of the royals. Then when they called his bluff and put an ocean between them he’s still complaining.

    Katie is just speculating. I’d be very surprised if there was ever a real tell all as much as I want the palace machinations to be exposed because seeing how the royals moved with this season of the crown there will be ALOT of revisionism around Sussexit and would be good to have their take on the record like Diana did.

    Their moves so far suggest they have been protecting their families and the real warts n all story coming out could damage their royal relatives and Thomas Markle. And unless Sussexes are completely done with them think protective mode would continue. I couldn’t see anything like a bio until after their lawsuits and if anything would perhaps focus on the press’ role& the grey suits.

    I could see a self help thing from Meghan & she apparently was making moves for her own cookbook before joining the royal family which is why she had the contacts for the Together cookbook. I hope harry does something with his photography.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “Dickie was one of those that said after Andrew’s disastrous interview that Andrew and the Sussexes need to be separated from the rest of the royals. Then when they called his bluff and put an ocean between them he’s still complaining.”

      @ABritGuest – Excellent observation!

      As Dickie Arbiter on sees what we wants to see, maybe Dickie Arbiter could get a job on TrumpTV as it would be a good fit for observation skills????

  6. Amy Bee says:

    The focus regarding any book deal talk should be on Harry not Meghan. He’s the one with all the royal dirt. But again, this information is coming from Katie Nicholl so we can take this kind of conjecture seriously.

  7. whateveryousay says:

    I like her and him but my God no books from either of them. Just write a foreward and support a black or POC author to help them get press. Or yes just do another cookbook. Meghan’s writing is not my favorite.

    • Amy Bee says:

      You have the option of not buying their books if they do get book deals. Just a thought.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        We all have the option of buying what we want and refusing what we don’t.
        I wouldn’t buy a self help book at this point. It would be just another in a saturated market. And it’s very off brand.

        The Sussex as a brand use their celebrity to promote indirectly. Like the Hub kitchen cookbook. It wasn’t Megan’s cookbook. Finding freedom wasn’t the Sussex personal account. And the causes they fund via their foundation are established.

        And I have to agree with whateveryousay.
        Megan’s writing isn’t the best. It’s heartfelt, yes, but a little bit ago she wrote something in a publication and it was long winded and a bit much. I’m not talking about the miscarriage.

        I’m a huge Sussex supporter, but not everyone is made of gold. The Sussex do come very close though.

    • Sofia says:

      Eh. I dislike the purple prose that Meghan does. I think it’s hard to do well and Meghan isn’t one of them who can. But I also don’t have the deep dislike of her writing like some people here (yes here!) have. I mean let’s taken a look at what she’s written: a lifestyle blog, a foreword to a cookbook, an editors letter in a woman’s fashion magazine, a few articles in said magazine and a personal Op-Ed about her miscarriage.

      None of those things particularly require your writing to be succinct and hard-hitting. And Meghan will never need to write like that if we’re going to be honest. So her writing style is fine for what she’s going to do. She’s not exactly aiming or wanting a Pulitzer or the Nobel Prize in Literature

      • Ginger says:

        I agree Sofia. I am fine with her writing style. I have read worse and I have read better. Some people act like they are personally offended by her writing style and I find that hysterical. It’s fine for what it is.

        I find Omid’s articles fine but his writing style for Finding Freedom was awful ( to me).

      • Sofia says:

        @Ginger it also reminds me of people saying her narration for the Elephants doc was “cringe”. First of all, it’s a doc for parents to watch with their kids. Of course it’s going to be cringy and cheesy. Second of all, it was probably the writing people had issues with but a) Meghan isn’t responsible for that and b) again, it was a fun nature doc for parents and kids to enjoy.

        Yet people expected it to be at the level of a NatGeo doc or an Attenborough one. There’s an audience for almost everything and just because Meghan’s writing doesn’t fit your tastes doesn’t mean she’s “pretentious” and “fake” (words used last year by Celebitchy commenters to describe her Vogue letter)

      • Amy Bee says:

        Nobody is being forced to read any of Meghan’s stuff so complaining about it seems unnecessary to me. Meghan and Harry will make decisions that they think are good for them. That being said, I’m more looking forward to a book from Harry exposing the royal dirt rather than from Meghan.

      • windyriver says:

        I thought the NYT Op-Ed was quite good. Seemed a little tighter (is that the right word?) than other things she’s written, so possibly she had some editing advice. Not a fan of her style in general, or her choice of titles (e.g., the Tig), but I’m not offended by it as some have seemed to be.

        And since I own the Together cookbook, and seem to have donated to many of the causes she and Harry have highlighted (just gave another small donation to The Mayhew), I’d say she gets her points across, at least for me!

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I’m one of those that has read her Tig blog. It was ok, but same as her writing. Ups and downs.

        I think analyzing her writing is taking us off topic. It was if she should write a book. And that’s a big no at this point in time. And I doubt anyone is seriously considering that at this point.

  8. Cecilia says:

    There must have been some real shit going on behind the scenes because these people have been scared of a tell all book for months now

    • Snuffles says:

      In my mind, Harry has told someone ALL the dirt (secured in a secret location) and told the family he’ll have it released if any harm comes to him, Meghan or Archie(and any future children). Like a time capsule that will be triggered if that family steps over the line.

  9. Miss617 says:

    I could see a memoir about the hell that is the courtiers and press’s machinations if it didn’t say anything about the family. However, I think both HM and Charles will have to be dead before they’d spill the tea about their personal drama with the family

  10. Oatmeal says:

    The issue was never “privacy” , the issue was harassment and intrusion by the media such as paying a family member to sell them out or using drones on private property to get photos of a child , and pushing bs story after bs story based on leaks by their own family

    • Jaded says:

      And the racist dog-whistling to which the BRF turned a blind eye. That was unconscionable.

    • L84Tea says:

      The BM is going to dance that little dance till the end of time. They are never going to admit that they drove H&M away with their constant racist, unfair reporting. Instead, they will continue on with this “they left because they wanted privacy” excuse in order to save face for themselves. It absolves them in their minds and gives them a justification to keep on hating them. I wonder if any one of them can honestly look themself in the mirror and be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that they did not do this to themselves.

  11. Jen says:

    I would love for her to do a memoir. Two in fact ( like Obama) One in the very near future detailing her struggles and triumphs and experiences up to now, including the royal one (explaining away in her own words some of the so called controversies – I think this is needed to cure her reputation that was so wilfully damaged by the palace and rota. And one 20 years from now reflecting on more recent experiences and accomplishments including a honest look at personal missteps or things they would have done differently.

    Harry needs to do one on Diana. I know many won’t agree with me. He should do it with William. Diana’s story is THEIR story and no one else should tell it. It would be an all-time bestseller and they could donate the proceeds to their various charities.

    And who knows there may be plans afoot for Archewell Publishing.

    • Sofia says:

      Thing is, I think if she writes a book soon about the royal life, it’s not going to do anything. The ones who want to hate her will continue to hate her. The ones don’t, will not hate her. Plus any attempt at a book coming out soon aka less than 5 years, will be destroyed and eviscerated in the eyes of the tabloids. And they will use that to try and ruin her further anyways.

      And before anyone mentions Diana, let me just say something that might be super controversial but I don’t care:

      Meghan will never elicit the same level of sympathy a blue-eyed, blonde haired, rich, white woman like Diana did/does. Especially in the eyes of the people who you’re saying she should write this book for.

      • Sofia says:

        And as for Diana, it’s been 23 years since she died. Can we please let that women rest? There have been countless books written about her, including one which she heavily contributed to through tapes.

        Do we really need another book? Why put her sons through a potentially traumatising time writing it?

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        I agree completely with you that Meghan would not enjoy the same support that Diana did. Many of the same people who support all things Diana would eviserate Meghan for daring to speak her truth.

  12. Merricat says:

    I think a memoir might be inspiring for young women. I don’t see Meghan assuming the role of self-help guru, but I do think she will want to share relevant stories from the struggles she encountered simply for being who she is, as a way to encourage others.

  13. Aa says:

    I don’t expect the Tell-All book because that is the nuclear deterrent that Meghan has with the Royal Family. Their fear that she kept diaries the entire time has popped up occasionally over the last year as they live in fear of what she may write. As long as that threat exists out there the courtiers will only go so far with their bad behavior. I think she will write it as some point, but farther down the line after the Queen has died and probably her father as well.

  14. GuestwithCat says:

    The media really need to stop describing Katie Nicholl as an expert on anything. Call her a “Royal Speculator”. Speculation is really all she can contribute. The real scoops have come from Willileaks and she is not his go-to receptacle for leakage.

  15. Jaded says:

    They both have enough on their plates right now with the Netflix and Spotify deals. I don’t think either one of them is contemplating a “tell-all” or “self-help” book or any kind of memoir, they’re not in this to advertise themselves, they’re doing what they do best which is to raise consciousness and money for their foundation and do some good in the world. God knows the world needs it.

  16. Bettyrose says:

    I would love a memoir but this doesn’t feel like the right time. I think they’ll wait until they have solid accomplishments to write about and maybe grown children. I never thought privacy was their goal, just not abusive publicity.

  17. Lizzie says:

    They imagine things that the Sussex could do then get mad about it. I think a lot of the tabloid writers came up with the idea of a Diana movie when they signed the Netflix deal and got up in arms over it even though it was their own invention. Harry and Meghan haven’t hinted at a book.
    Even without the gold standard palace advisors everything Harry and Meghan do they do well. Somehow if there is a book it will be well edited.

  18. Amelie says:

    I would love to read a book from Meghan’s POV about Sussexit, her courtship with Harry, her life in general (like her effed up Markle side of the family), her brief time as a senior royal etc… in about 20 years from now! It’s all still too recent and too soon and she has (hopefully) a long life to live. And as morbid as it sounds, it would be better to wait until her father passes away so he can’t give us “his side of the story” because we’ve already heard his side a million times.

  19. Nic919 says:

    Katie Nichols keeps flogging the idea of a memoir because it triggers the haters in another round of “how dare she?” by the usual crew. Nichols has no more idea of what Harry and Meghan are going to do than any of us here.

  20. Stacy Dresden says:

    I’ll support Meghan no matter what. She wouldn’t put a foot wrong and I’ll believe that when I see it.

  21. Stacy Dresden says:

    Deleting double post

  22. L4frimaire says:

    I don’t think they need a book deal at this point, unless it’s something like a children’s book that ties into their Netflix programming or another cook book. They are already really busy and their story is still being written. They’ve both published op-Ed’s this year, M in NY Times and H in FastCompany, so maybe more of that. I still find it laughable that whenever the Sussexes do or announce anything the trolls scream privacy, which they think means invisibility.They know damn well they left was not to disappear, it to not be constantly under toxic attack and their baby was being commodified and attacked. They were pressured to reveal every aspect of their private lives, then be criticized for revealing anything of their lives and emotions and struggles.

  23. Sunnyvale says:

    Hatie the list is at it again🤬she wrote this to rile up the haters.
    Don’t forget that this women was named in Harry’s lawsuit for using hackers to access Chelsea devy’s phone and spy on harry. I no longer click or read vanity fair articles because they employ this b…