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.’
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.
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