DM: Duchess Meghan will try her hand at writing fiction novels, apparently

Meghan Markle visits the mothers2mothers (m2m) charity in Cape Town,

The royal reporters and royal commentators are quite obviously still obsessed with Prince Harry and Meghan. We’re past the one-year anniversary of H&M’s Sussexit announcement, and I genuinely believe the theory that most of the royal reporters have seen their Sussex sources dry up as Harry and Meghan clearly have a lockdown on information about what they’re doing and who they’re speaking to. Which has left the British tabloids to find ways to make up stories about their golden geese. Last week, I wondered what was up with the influx of gossip about how the Sussexes are thinking about getting a book deal, because it doesn’t actually seem like they’re trying for that at all. Now the Daily Mail’s Talk of the Town column has a story about a “book deal” which was basically extrapolated from a trademark filing. That’s it.

Actress, campaigner, philanthropist, podcaster, television producer, Royal trailblazer – is there anything Meghan Markle can’t do? Now word reaches me that she appears to be planning to follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson by trying her hand at fiction writing. Meghan has moved to secure legal protection that will allow her to pen novels via Archewell, the foundation she’s set up with Prince Harry.

Could we see tomes to rival Fergie’s Budgie The Little Helicopter or Charles’s The Old Man Of Lochnagar? Lawyers in the US are poring over the couple’s application to trademark the good cause, which they named after their son, Archie.

One clause they are trying to secure with the US Patent and Trademark Office seeks the right to pen ‘fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of topics’ under the Archewell brand, as well as produce ‘general feature magazines and printed periodicals’.

My source tells me: ‘Meghan has some experience as a writer and used to have a popular blog called The Tig before she met Harry that covered health, travel, food and fashion. Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality. Fiction, be it children’s books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand.’

[From The Daily Mail]

A source who really had inside knowledge of the Sussexes would never use the term “woke brand.” The source is a British person talking out of their ass. Now, that being said… I don’t see Meghan and Harry getting some Obama-like book deal, nor do I think Meghan is secretly working on a novel. I could see Meghan doing another cookbook – likely for charity – and I could see her doing a children’s book. But that’s basically it.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Auwal Mosque in Cape Town

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  1. Elizabeth Regina says:

    She could write the alphabet and do a better job than all the RF put together. A number of members of that family have tried to have a go and have failed spectacularly. Her article on her miscarriage was engaging, thoughtful and a worthy read. So I say brava to her.

    • Chicago says:

      Sure, but this line “and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality” – ouch!

  2. sara says:

    Any time someone uses “woke” in a story about these two it’s coming from a racist British person using it as a pejorative.

  3. Sofia says:

    This is literally the DM talking out of their ass based on copyright filings. People will often copyright their brand/names so that other people can’t make money off them, it doesn’t mean the person in question is definitely going to do this.

    When the book deal stuff first came around, I said I could see Meghan doing another cookbook or a lifestyle/travel book similar to the Tig but in book form. Memoirs will happen eventually but not within the next 5 years at the very minimum (although I could be wrong!)

  4. Bettyrose says:

    Someday they’ll write a memoir, and I’ll read it the minute it’s available. But they have a zillion projects right now and writing a book is a full time endeavor.

  5. Snuffles says:

    This is a fishing expedition. They are throwing theories out there and seeing if the Sussex camp responds with a confirmation or a denial. They are also speculating wildly on what little information they can glean, which, at the moment, is only publicly accessible filings of paperwork.

    I agree with you that Meghan isn’t trying to become a novelist. Whatever is published will probably directly support a chosen charity. Like, maybe a children’s book about her rescue dogs to support Mayhew.

    • Brit says:

      They want a response so badly from them. It kills them that they have no access and leaks. When Richard Palmer said he complained to IPSO and they told them to leave them alone, that told me that they still are harassing their PR and communications firm in Britain and America. When they ran with that story of a reality show, the Sussexes denied in America and I remember Richard Eden saying they should’ve gave a statement to Britain’s newspapers. These people are crazy.

      • Snuffles says:

        @Brit

        I’m just LOVING the fact that the RRs are being iced out and that they have no recourse. It also exposes how the royal rota system made their job so easy because they were literally spoon fed most information from The Firm. Now they’re pissed they might actually have to do some work.

      • Brit says:

        @Snuffles, I’ve been saying they are traumatized because nothing has brought the Sussexes to heel or give them what they want so badly. Piers Morgan has made himself look like an obsessed loon because the tricks he used on Diana didn’t work on Meghan. He’s furious about that. They’ve been ignored, outsmarted, and banned from their obsessions lives. The family and courtiers can’t give them anything anymore. It’s only a matter of time because the RF and Rota relationship begins to fracture because neither of them are benefiting especially the media.

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        I hope H/M ignore them until the end of forever. It gives me Joy to know that they run such a tight ship and that nothing is getting out that they don’t want out. Can you imagine how much Meghan is loving the peace of waking up in her own home knowing that she doesn’t have to watch her every move. After working so hard for so long and passing the worse and achieving so much for yourself, to be questioned about every penny spent and everywhere you go must have been maddening for Meghan. I can’t even imagine how upsetting it must have been for them to know that so many people were leaking everything about them.

  6. Godwina says:

    *insert laughing-tears emoji*

    • MyOpinion says:

      @ Godwina, yes! I love how desperate they are!
      And yes @Nic919, they would never use the word woke, as they are extremely intelligent and committed to openness.

  7. Nic919 says:

    FFS they really are scraping for news about that couple and it’s looking desperate. As stated above, no one from the Sussex camp is using the word woke.

  8. Becks1 says:

    It’s definitely someone talking out of their ass, but I could see Meghan doing a children’s book. Wasnt it already said that they were working on a children’s series for Netflix? So maybe something along those lines. Archewell Press or whatever would go well with Archewell Audio etc. It also could just be a way of CYA-ing for the future so the brand is protected.

    • Becks1 says:

      Maybe some sort of cookbook with the proceeds going to world central kitchen (or to Archewell with the idea of going to fund the new community centers)? Jose Andres already has a few cookbooks but maybe he would do one that is more targeted for that? IDK

    • Couch potato says:

      It’d be perfectly natural to have book connected to the program they’re making. Depending on what kind of childrens program they’re making, of course. A book based on the characters/contents of the program, coloring books, books with fun, simple “tasks” (I don’t know what they’re calked in english) etc.

  9. Amelie says:

    I could see her doing a book on wellness or mental health/mental well-being or collaborating on an anthology type book about wellness. I can’t see her writing fiction but for all we know that’s been her lifelong dream. If she did, she would have the satisfaction at least that it most likely would be an immediate NYT bestseller. If she truly did launch into fiction, I could see her going by a pseudonym like Elena Ferrante and then revealing later down the line “Look at my bestselling fiction books b******!” It would fit into her stealthy way of announcing things.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Imo if Meghan wrote a wellness book for simply the purpose of writing her own perspective on wellness for herself and others it would be a major mistake. I’m glad she hasn’t and I think she’s aware that’s not how you help people. That’s just how you profit personally.

      Instead, I think she’s raising up others that do know how to help people and making it possible for them to continue their work and spread out.

  10. Couch potato says:

    Why do they always asume Meghan is the one doing all this things? Do they think Harry is completely unable to do anything?

    As for books : crown Princess Victoria has taken part in a book called “Explore Sweden : with HRH Crown Princess Victoria”. During a two year period she hiked through Sweden (wonder if Kates ever going to do that?). She visited all the regions of Sweden during those hikes, and the book contain pictures from the visits and info about the different areas. Harry has spent a lot of time in Africa. It’d be interesting to read a book about the different places he’s visited. He could write about the nature, culture, maybe some traditional food recipes, wildlife conservation going on, humanitarian projects, etc.

    • harla says:

      I really liked Victoria’s hikes around Sweden!! She seemed really low key, interacted with everyone and showed us some of Swedens beautiful scenery. I love your idea for Harry and would totally buy that book!

      • RoyalBlue says:

        I would love to see Victoria’s hikes around Sweden. For Harry to do this, he could factor in his ethical tourism concept in it. How to visit and leave the town/city a better place.

    • equality says:

      Harry could do one with pictures he’s taken in places he has visited.

    • line says:

      As a Congolese, no thank you! A tourist book containing information on the different regions of the African landscape made by a priviliged white man issus of the monarchy’ establishment from the settlement responsible for colonization is a bad idea. He never really lived in any African country on a permanent basis to make the book interesting.

      But it is a good idea to do but for the United Kingdom. Royal’s family membres is joining forces with different people (English, Scottish, Welsh and Ireland) to make discover the interesting and historical places of the United Kingdom to stimulate the tourists after the Covid-19 would be a good idea .Except it will never be the Cambridges maybe Charlie or Sophie but the Cambridges are too lazy for that.

      • L4frimaire says:

        Agree. I hate the thought of Harry doing some Africa tourist book. It’s been done so many times and smacks of colonialism and self indulgence. It makes more sense to give those platforms and voices to local people and what they are doing. Don’t need more elephant photos. I’m from a place heavily dependent on tourism, mostly Americans, and hate how places like it are marketed, how locals and even history are erased to focus on “ paradise”, and how compromised governments are to make these places tourism friendly. Please let’s not go there. They’re busy enough.

  11. Sushiroll says:

    So… everytime I read an article like this, I just picture a pile of aroused maggots, working themselves into a frenzy. Embarrassing AF how these creatures at the Daily Fail get so bent out of shape by an accomplished woman.

    • harla says:

      the visual of “a pile of aroused maggots working themselves into a frenzy” will stay me for a long, long time. I don’t know if I should say Thanks or Ewww!

      • Sushiroll says:

        Is it not their spirit animal, though? Goes double for the courtiers, btw.

        Actually no, I take that back. Maggots have a utility and a purpose. These people do not.

  12. heygingernsnaps says:

    Inserting woke plus this line “and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality. ” If ever Meghan will write a book, I’m pretty sure that it won’t be substandard and full of nonsense like what these so called royal reporters are peddling. Geez, these people are desperate and need to find something else to earn money.

    • Lizzie says:

      It also wouldn’t be self published like her half sister.

    • So_LacVert says:

      “Regardless of its quality”. I mean, they just can’t help themselves can they! They cannot complete even the simplest of sentences regarding Meghan without shade. Just when I get my hopes up that they might one day tonally shift their messaging about her (I know! Foolish of me).

    • Ann says:

      Her NYT OpEd was quite good. I imagine anything else she did would be more than decent.

  13. Cecilia says:

    Good to see that the DM still has a sense of humor

  14. M says:

    These people are vipers who can’t stand that M & H are thriving. Sounds to me like they are simply creating their own imprint to publish other writers, though I’m sure they will contribute in some way. I secretly hope she becomes the next Jackie Collins just to spite them.

    • Brit says:

      Which is why they keep deluding themselves that Harry is sad and lonely stories 😂 They want it to be true and it’s delusional because that man could be smiling in a picture on the beach with his family and they’ll say he’s miserable. It’s quite pathetic.

  15. Brit says:

    All I get from these stories is that they are desperate for access and are scraping the barrel for any news. These people are frantically obsessive and traumatized by this couple and especially Meghan because she didn’t play the game and kiss their behinds. I also get a begrudging respect in a sense that she was able to walk away and not roll over like the other family members have done. They want and need content so badly because the royals they’re left with aren’t cutting it. I guarantee in another 6 months, these publications will be begging and apologizing because they know they fumbled the bag.

  16. Osty says:

    Although this story is made up and sad but isn’t it telling that they have never written that the keens are writing a book, or doing something intelligent?

  17. Chaine says:

    I personally would love for Meghan to write a (TOTALLY fictional of course) romance about a good-hearted commoner who marries a prince and then triumphs over the vengeful attacks from his wicked family and their jealous courtiers.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      This won’t happen, know how I know because it would give me too much pleasure. Just watching the complete melt down for weeks and weeks watching the press tour with Meghan with a straight face explaining the book and the unhinged narrative that would result. Nah, this will never happen.

  18. Merricat says:

    The RR and their sources could not be more pathetic.

  19. Miss M says:

    I hate the BM so much! They need to leave her alone. I know not to speculate about any future children for Meghan and Harry, but I think how awesome it would be if they announced the birth of another child and the reporters and royals had no idea leading up to it, and then BP, CH and KP all say “we knew but kept it private because they’re not senior members anymore” even though they didn’t know anything. Kind of like the miscarriage. I doubt they knew anything but knew it would look bad to say “they didn’t tell us!” so they mumbled something about it being a private family matter.

  20. Snuffles says:

    @Brit

    I feel like Harry studied the royal rota, analyzed their tactics and what they did to Diana when she was alive to manipulate her and elicit a response and came up with a plan to COMPLETELY cut them off from every angle. His goal was to take back control of his personal narrative.

    He’s smarter than all of them. I feel like he would spend his night reading The Art of War and plotting his future escape and subsequent revenge.

  21. MsIam says:

    That article makes it sound like the trademark application is still pending. I thought it was a done deal, otherwise why launch the website? Unless they have to trademark everything they plan to do separately? I thought the initial application covered written materials and media too? Not sure why they put this article out other than they have nothing new to write.

    • lanne says:

      I think they trademark everything they can think of to prevent other people from impinging on them for profit. Even though they could sue people for writing books/articles/doing TV projects under their names, or Sussex, or Archwell, it would be a lot better to put up roadblocks to that sort of thing before it happens. So they get trademarks to prevent other people from writing a book using their names and identities, not because they plan to do it themselves.

  22. ellie says:

    ”The source is a British person talking out of their ass.”

    I giggled at this. Woke brand!

  23. Over it says:

    She should write one called the 10 year mattress . A fictional (cough) story a middle class girl who made it her life mission to stalk a prince . Finally captured his attention by parading half naked infront of him ,she from that moment just made herself readily available to open wide whenever he needed his itch scratched. She was encouraged to keep it up by her social climbing mother who wanted the palaces so badly she didn’t care what damage it did to her daughter. She finally succeeded in getting the converted ring and marriage only to realize that Prince Charming was more of a dick and less of a prince, nevertheless she had the ring . He gave her shinny jewels and palaces and in exchange she gave him heirs and spares and the understanding between them that he could continue to bed who ever he wanted as long as no one found out. All for even that to blow up in her face because he didn’t learn how to ever trim roses or any flowers quietly. The middle class girl continued to keep on being a steely marshmallow because in her head she had the Prince Charming brother for support and she took that to mean his kindness was hi, wanting her so when the real prince con heart and character finally found the love of his life . She and her balding egghead husband with the help of the country racist media set out to destroy him and his wife happiness.
    D

  24. L4frimaire says:

    Well the Daily Fail certainly likes writing fiction. Basically the UK tabloids are mining for info from their trademark applications. This stuff has been out there since they applied the trademark and similar wording was there when they trademarked Sussex Royal as well. Meanwhile, they rarely comment on actual things Meghan and Harry do write other than to call it woke and too political or whatever. Harry recently gave interview in Fast Company where he called out Murdoch and nary a peep. He just also wrote something for Travalyst but again, the rags over there prefer to make up stories than write real news. We haven’t heard anything from Meghan since the Archewell podcast so they obviously need to write something, anything.

  25. Catherine says:

    It seems every couple of weeks or so they do one of these stories based on the trademark filings. They continue to act as if they don’t know what trademarking is for and that the other royals haven’t trademarked their foundations. It designed to fuel the trolls and the haters. Notice they focus on the possibility of Meghan writing a book not Harry. The trademark is for Archewell. They almost always focus on Meghan with these bogus stories. The only book I want Meghan to write is the one where she documents the mistreatment she endured behind the scenes from the family and their staff. But I think she too nice to ever do that.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      What a thing. To endure years of abuse on the daily yet our society’s unwritten rule is that the only right way to deal with that with dignity is to remain silent and move on. Let’s just assume that the BRF authorized their courtiers to leak untrue stories about Meghan to sabotage her work and life because she was shinning to brightly. Let’s also assume that Meghan knows this and even have some evidence about this. Why is it society’s rule that she needs to keep that information to herself and let those who participate in any of that get away with it? Why is that the expected thing? Why is that to be admired instead of letting the world know what happened? Ultimately what Meghan choose to do about any of what she’s endured is up to her, but I find it so strange that a great deal of the respect she receives comes from her staying mum about what she endured. This is our society and I as result of this norm of so-called polite society bullies get to keep bulling.

  26. Mia says:

    The DM are jumping to the furthest possible conclusion from a legal formality.

    Interesting that the DM article starts almost complimentary, then rushes to insult her at the end. They basically say she’s a renaissance woman and then go ‘but she’s inexplicably popular!’ 🙄😂 Perhaps another way of poking the Keens?

  27. Bread and Circuses says:

    *twitch, twitch*

    Ahem. A novel is fiction. So talking about fiction novels is like talking about baby puppies.