After all that melodrama, the Sussexes’ one-year review has been ‘cancelled’

The Royal Family attends a Service to commemorate the Armistice on the centenary of the end of WWI

I wish the Windsor clan and their loyal reporters could make up their minds about the “one year review” of the Sussexes. How many different versions of the “review” story have we heard over the past 10 months? First it was going to be a long list of punishments. Then it was going to be an audit of all of the Sussexes’ business deals. Then it was no big deal. Then it was a HUGE deal. Then the Queen was waiting for Harry to call to make an appointment. Then there was a review extension. Then they went back to a list of grievances and punitive measures. And on and on. It really was just the Windsors and the reporters growing ever more hysterical at the very idea of a “review” – Prince Harry and Meghan have not been engaging in any of those conversations whatsoever. And so now the palace sad sacks have to admit that the jig is up, their one year review has been cancelled. Is this “cancel culture”?!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s scheduled 12-month review following their split from the royal family has been cancelled, according to one royal expert. Speaking to True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl said that while the Duke, 36, and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, are being observed closely about the commercial deals they’re making, nothing they have done so far suggests the planned one-year review needs to go ahead.

While Covid restrictions have grounded Prince Harry at the $14 million mansion in Los Angeles that the couple share with their 19-month-old son Archie, it’s unlikely there will now even be a face-to-face Zoom call to discuss their commercial affairs with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.

In the year since the dramatic split, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have put ink to paper on a deal with Netflix thought to be worth around £100million and also have a lucrative podcast deal with Spotify, worth up to £30million, in the bag, with private speaking engagements also swelling the coffers.

Nicholl told the online broadcaster: ‘My understanding from the Sussexes camp is that there has been communication with the Queen, Prince Charles and with William as well. The general feeling is that this [current situation] is working. This isn’t to say that people are not watching closely what these deals are, what the couple are doing and what these projects are going to be. But there is not this need to have this review one year on.’

However, the Queen is still yet to confirm whether Prince Harry should keep his military title, Nicholl said. ‘The one thing that is outstanding is the issue of his [Prince Harry’s] military title and I am told that it will be the Queen that ultimately makes that decision.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Remember that story a few weeks back about how the Queen was waiting for Harry to call and make an appointment? I think that story might have been true! I think the Sussexes played them all, simply by not engaging with their melodrama. Harry and Meghan didn’t call to make any kind of appointment (Zoom or otherwise) and clearly, H&M are not going to participate in any kind of audit, nor will they fly in only to be nitpicked by fussy old courtiers. They just ghosted all of ‘em and so now the Windsors and the royal reporters are like “well it wasn’t even a big deal and it wasn’t going to change anything anyway!” And “this isn’t to say that people are not watching closely what these deals are, what the couple are doing and what these projects are going to be” is purely a face-saving measure from the Windsors. They have to act like they still have some control over the Sussexes! Narrator’s voice: The Windsors have no control over the Sussexes.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,  in London on January 7, 2020.

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  1. Sofia says:

    I said a few weeks or so that this review was going to be more anti-climatic than it was being made out to be. There was probably going to be statement made and that would be the end of it from the palace. That statement might not even happen.

    There’s nothing to discuss or talk about. The Sussexes said they would be becoming financially independent. They’ve done that. They said they wouldn’t use their HRH’s. They’ve done that. They said they would “keep in line with the Queen’s values” or whatever. They’ve done that. So again, there’s not much really to talk about.

    • Becks1 says:

      Exactly! Even the bit about “keeping an eye on their business deals” is just the royal family trying to save fade. Keep an eye on their business deals so….they can bitch about them to the press? That’s about all they can do.

      Harry and Meghan are financially independent and in the course of the last 10 months have become much more influential than the royals (I would argue they already were, but there has been a marked contrast since they left over what they have been doing and who they are interacting with and what the royals are doing). The Sussexes are international stars, Will and Kate are going on virus spreading train tours so Kate can say she rode on the royal train.

    • Bibi says:

      I think it means what the Queen said about Harry’s request for a wreath “you’re either in or you’re out”, well clearly they jave decided
      To be out. lol how embarrassing for the royals lol

  2. SarahCS says:


  3. Neners says:

    Us: So they dumped you guys, then.

    BRF: Well, we both agreed to part ways temporarily and revisit the decision down the road.

    Us: I see. Will you be meeting via zoom, what with COVID and everything?

    BRF: We’ll know when they call us back to schedule the meeting.

    Us: They haven’t scheduled?

    BRF: No.

    Us: But they said they would schedule?

    BRF: No.

    Us: ……

    BRF: ……*coughs*…..

    Us: uh….huh. Right……So they dumped you guys, then.

    • Myra says:

      lmao… so embarrassing

    • Over it says:

      Laughing, laughing hard . I wish they would stop saying keeping an eye .Willileaks and petty and father of the year have absolutely no say in Harry life. They already took the military titles and Harry is still standing and found other ways to continue to honor the military. Meghan was always an independent successful woman so it’s not like she personally gave a shit. She only cared because of her love for Harry. Willy should go review his roses .

  4. Chica1971 says:

    Love how it was buried in other Megan news from Friday. I’m guess they had no leg to stand on in viewing contracts. The change to every thing is okay was ridiculous too. RR and BPmcompletely overplayed their hand

    • RoyalBlue says:

      If it was buried in last week’s news, then it’s something the Mail is ashamed of. Much like the apology to Harry which I never saw plastered on the front pages.

    • Exactly Chica1971. Also, right around the review cancellation story coming out we got all these stories about poor, traumatized Harry missing the family. Love that Katie Nicholls claims to be talking to “sources in the Sussex camp.” That must be how she’s decided to refer to all the Kensington Palace talking points she receives directly from KP.

  5. Snuffles says:

    They have finally reached the acceptance stage of loss.

    I think KP and BP were basically lying to the RRs trying to delay the inevitable. Which is admitting they have 100% lost control of the Sussex’s, have zero knowledge of their activities (personal or business wise) and can no longer leak information to them.

    Now let’s see how long it will take for the RRs to turn on the ones who remain.

    • Persephone says:

      “Now let’s see how long it will take for the RRs to turn on the ones who remain.”

      Can’t wait!!!
      *** gets some popcorn ****

    • My Two Cents says:

      yes! it’s about time they turn on the ones remaining, we’d like a Rose update please!

  6. RoyalBlue says:

    The Queen, pressured by her courtiers, Charles and William, will together decide whether Harry keeps his decorative military title.

    • GraceB says:

      I kind of think this is more like it. If the Royals are as petty as everyone says, then they’re not going to have just simply downplayed being ghosted and left it at that. I’m pretty sure more sanctions would have happened, titles taken away and such. It actually sounds more like maybe they did talk and everyone is feeling ok with the situation, as boring as that is.

      • BabsORIG says:

        This is mid January and they were wanting to review end of March. If there was any “everyone talked and they decided” it’s clearly NOT the end of March review that prince Harry said the RF had INSISTED on happening. It sounds to me like the Windsors insisted on a one year review even though the Sussexes told them point blank that they (the Sussexes) were not interested in any reviews, and then there was absolutely zero contact from the Sussexes. Now the Windsors have to find some excuse to explain the situation and have finally come up with what makes them look with less egg.

    • Sunshine says:

      His military titles were gone last March. See video of Harry’s speech at his last Sentable dinner. They were holding on to them like a dangling carrot.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        ok. although I knew he stepped down from the honorary roles, i understand they did not assign them to any other royal family member as yet in case he were to return to the fold. what i am saying is, that when the year is up, they will officially grant the honorary titles to someone else. cough PWT cough.

        I know that harry qualified in all three arms, army, navy and pilot. will have to research if PWT did the same.

    • Agree RoyalBlue. As Harry is not playing the game, I imagine he already feels he’s not going to be able to keep anything. Especially, after that petty bullshit around laying a wreath. I imagine he has already passed through mourning his military roles. However, the Firm will issue an official announcement now so that all the 🐀 reporters can bang on about how Harry was sure this wouldn’t happen and how emotionally fragile and depressed he will now become. I think, Harry went through the mourning of all this in the early months of 2020. By now, I want to believe he’s moved on and he’s strong, healthy, and fully cognizant that he will not be reinstated into his honorary military roles.

  7. Aurora says:

    The “review”. Never existed. H & M wanted a clean break. The “review” was just a period of time in which the RF expected the Sussexes to come crawling back with regret. It is more than obvious H & M are better off now. The “cancellation” notice is to save face.

    The British press can’t be happy about this. They we’re expecting blood. I expect to see more negative stories trickling out about the remaining royals.

  8. S808 says:

    Ofc it got canceled, there was nothing to discuss. I’m still laughing at how they tried to hype it up. Like they were actually gonna get their hands on the contracts to “pour over them” lmaoooo. In the end the media and BRF got what they deserve: nothing. Now Meghan just needs to win her summary judgment and she can completely put the windors behind her for the most part.

  9. Harper says:

    Of course, they are watching Harry & Meghan closely! They are the most fascinating members of the royal family, the rule-breakers, and the modern trailblazers. There was never going to be a review that Harry participated in and he told them all that last March before he kicked it out of there. But the idea was good for a few more fictional storylines for their tabloid mischief-making.

    • Lemons says:

      They have to watch closely in order to plan their own copycat versions!

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Did you notice the latest Zoom the Do Nothing Duo did? How they are now in a room where you can *see* furnishings (and an old pic of George). The Keen CEO even wore her hair literally scraped back, the way Meg did in the vid where she was reading with Archie on her lap. Not an original thought in their heads.

      • Harper says:

        I thought Kate’s slicked-back hairstyle to be an odd choice. But maybe her Mustique-tan looked less obvious that way?

      • Nic919 says:

        I think the hair choice was to help the massive filter that was being used in the video.

  10. GuestWho says:

    ” This isn’t to say that people are not watching closely what these deals are, what the couple are doing and what these projects are going to be.”

    As they all furiously take notes on how to actually be successful. They’ll never figure it out.

    They honestly think its the titles. For exampe: Fergie wants Shonda R to make a movie about her new crappy (presumably) romance novel that she published under her duchess title. Bahahah. Cause that’s going to happen.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      AND NOTICE, ONCE AGAIN… It’s NOT a problem that Freeloading Fergie can use her *married in* title in/on her projects. After the toe sucking, the grifting, slapping that title on ANY company/product that will have her, after SELLING ACCESS to her ex, who was Trade Ambassador AT THE TIME…NONE OF THAT had people screaming to take her title, or that she shouldn’t be allowed to use it TO MAKE MONEY GUYS!!! MONEY *gasp*. She can openly live with and support her Pedo ex.

      And on the other hand, we have Harry and Meghan. Who aren’t asking/taking anything from that family…and they are castigated daily, no matter what they do/how they do it.

      • My God, that short video of Fergie revealing her romance novel was embarrassing to watch. She is truly a train wreck of a person who just keeps embarrassing herself over and over. That’s what happens when an enormously, self-inflated ego gets in the way of reality.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    The thing is Harry never wanted the one year review. I think he has already told them that he’s not interested in having a one year review and they can do whatever they want with the patronages and military titles. This has led to the Royal Family having to put out whispers that the one year review, which the press was waiting for, isn’t going to happen. I don’t think the family is happy with the deals that Harry and Meghan have struck but there’s nothing they can do about them.

  12. Edna says:

    “Nicholl told the online broadcaster: ‘My understanding from the Sussexes camp is that there has been communication with the Queen, Prince Charles and with William as well.”

    😂🤣🤣😂🤣 As if Katie Nicholl’s is in communication with anyone connected to the Sussexes. Gurl, please. Sit down.

  13. Nic919 says:

    I want to know how Katie Nicholl gets called an expert for saying shit we all knew was happening. We are just random people paying slight attention and we knew there was never going to be a review.

    Also the possessive language about those two is gross because the BRF has no jurisdiction to examine anything Harry and Meghan are doing, especially with business interests in the US. The Queen has no standing in the US and cannot interfere in any private business agreement. That was the entire point of separating from the UK in 1776. Clearly they still don’t understand this.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Expert? More like mole. All those years of insider tips, phoned in by Keen from whatever hotel she was staying at with William. Any anti-Harry and now anti-Meghan tips she gets? Track the phone call back to Bucklebury or Norfolk.

  14. lanne says:

    Abusers try to cling to their victims when their victims escape. Textbook. Next I would expect some love bombing— lots of media talk about how William misses his brother so much, or the kids miss Archie or even, the Queen reminisces about their train tour and how much she really liked Meghan. And how they all “really liked Meghan but she didn’t understand us.” Lots of hand wringing to come. When that doesn’t get a response, then it will be back to “ you’ll never make anything of yourself” and “you abandoned your legacy blah blah.”

    Perhaps Charles will reach out behind the scenes to create a half in half out deal after his mother dies. That’s the only wat I can imagine them returning at all. They need to be half out so that they can leave again when William takes over (if there’s anything left by then)

    • windyriver says:

      I think the next thing will be reassigning the major patronages, like the National Theater which Meghan was given by TQ. That makes sense, actually, if H&M are no longer working royals, and is one way for the RF to “show who’s in charge”.

      It would be more interesting, actually, if they DON’T do that, to think about what that means.

  15. notasugarhere says:

    Nicholl is a known W&K plant, even more heavily on the Kate/Carole side than anything. Kate and Carole used to call Nicholl from holidays and let her know where Kate and William were having their latest jaunt. She’s jealous that Harry never gave her the time of day years ago.

    She’s deliberately danging a false narrative here. The Queen cannot remove any of Harry’s earned military ranks. All the Queen can do is decide not to have Harry be her rep to X military branch. Harry’s earned ranks mean far more than the pseudo Colonel in Chief titles and whatnot she hands out to her rapist son Andrew and other royals.

  16. lucy2 says:

    This is kind of hilarious. The BRF thought they would be as lazy as they are, and would flounder out there on their own and come crawling back, begging to be let back in.
    Instead H&M have full on thrived out on their own, so now the BRF is all “we’re canceling it but watching their deals closely” as if they have any control in this situation.

    • kelleybelle says:

      That “review” was only for the RF to save face, nothing more. Harry and Meghan were never coming back, ever.

    • Mignionette says:

      I’m not surprised. This situation perfectly illustrates how sheltered, poorly educated and out of touch the BRF are.

      They projected their feelings of inadequacy onto M&H and now they’re pissed at their successes.

      The articles have now moved onto how H&M should emulate Bill and Kate in their projects. Basically hinting that the RR’s are well aware that W&K are grossly inadequate and there is a danger they will be eclipsed by M&H. So the hatchet jobs are already being done to discredit H&M in the public’s eyes.


  17. TheOriginalMia says:

    Haha! The review never made any sense. Harry is a grown ass man. He has a family. What he does as the 7th in line to the throne should not matter. The only way this review would have made sense is if Harry & Meghan were still receiving funds and support from the Firm. Once they signed that Netflix deal, any and all pretense that the Sussexes would return in a part-time capacity was over. They aren’t coming back.

    • anotherlily says:

      He’s actually 6th in line and will move up to 5th when his father is King. He has a nominal constitutional role as a Counsellor of State*. During Charles’ reign Harry will move into a more central position as a child of the reigning monarch.

      * ”By law, Counsellors of State include the Sovereign’s spouse and the next four people in the line of succession who are over the age of 21. Counsellors of State are authorised to carry out most of the official duties of the Sovereign, for example, attending Privy Council meetings, signing routine documents and receiving the credentials of new ambassadors to the United Kingdom.” The current Counsellors are Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.

      Even if Harry wanted to remove himself from the line of succession he could not remove Archie. The statements made at the time of ‘Sussexit’ show that Harry is conscious of Archie’s heritage and birthright as a member of the BRF and that Archie will be raised to understand and value that part of his heritage. Being resident in another country is no barrier. Historically it has been the case for centuries that the line of succession extended across several countries. In practice every birth into the Cambridge line will displace the Sussex line but for the next 20 years at least Harry will be a central figure regardless of his standing down from an official public role.

      The fuss about royalty being associated with commercial activities and products also doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The Queen is associated with the ‘Royal Collection’ brand of merchandise sold as souvenirs through the shops in various royal palaces and also online. The latest offering is a pair of cashmere bedsocks at £69. Prince Charles is associated with a line of organic groceries through his endorsement of ‘Duchy Originals’. Other titled royals with no official duties also use their royal status for commercial gain, most notably Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

      My guess is that the Sussexes will have some officially acknowledged public role within the BRF alongside their private commercial activities. Possibly not until Charles is King.

      • Carine says:

        I have the feeling they will give the throne directly to William and skip Charles.

      • notasugarhere says:

        1) Charles has been the most effective, useful Prince of Wales ever. Good husband, no. Good POW? Absolutely. William has accomplished nothing and refuses to learn anything about the soft power necessary for a ‘modern’ monarch. He is no where near ready for the throne.

        2) They cannot skip Charles. If they tried? Not only would it be the perfect excuse for Scotland to cut and run? The massive private money would not be inherited tax-free. It is only inherited tax free if it goes directly from one monarch to the next, not skipping the rightful living heir. That alone, that can of worms from an agreement twenty years ago with the government, is not something the Windsors want examined.

      • anotherlily says:

        notasugarhere is right – ‘they’ cannot ‘give’ the throne. The succession is established in law and is not in anyone’s gift. Charles will become King immediately following the Queen’s death or her abdication.

      • Nic919 says:

        If you can skip Charles then you can go directly to Harry. But that’s not how it works. Charles gets the throne when his mother dies. The only way he doesn’t if he passes before her.

  18. Murphy says:

    Taking any kind of title from them will not be welcomed by the people, but hey-if they want to further vilify themselves-go for it.

  19. Lizzie says:

    I think the review was real for the queen. It forced Baldy to take a cooling off period and she probably thought Harry was making a huge mistake and would want to come back. She might leave as is until Charles takes over.

  20. Mel says:

    I think everyone probably wants the heat score to cool and not have the review dominating the headlines for Prince Philip’s birthday and other milestones this year.

  21. Sunnyvale says:

    🤣so what happened to their claim about them “rescheduling”!!! These fools were hoping to get a response denying their fanfiction so they can drag it but are now stuck. They are left with the bland boring klan. The ongoing pandemic is going to give the sussexs the chance to stay away till perhaps the end of the year around Meghan’s Court case hearing(if she doesn’t get summary judgement) or the invictus games in the Hague if it isn’t postponed again