Finally! The Palace thinks they have a say in Prince Harry’s Better Up job

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C) react as they arrive to visit Canada House, in London on January 7, 2020, in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay

The day that we learned about Prince Harry’s job with Better Up was a strange day for the British media and, even more specifically, for the royal reporters. Many of the royal reporters completely ignored the news because it didn’t fit their little narratives about how Harry is distraught in America and worried about reconciling with his family. The silence indicated that many salty-ass British reporters were, in fact, “blindsided.” But there were a handful of salty AF stories and I joked on Twitter: “Can’t believe we haven’t gotten a story about how Harry’s new job ‘blindsided the palace.’ Oh and they’ll also say that Harry’s new job is “vulgar” in some way, I’m sure. And that the Queen is “reviewing” it.” Well, it took days longer than I was expecting, but here we go.

Palace officials will be watching Prince Harry’s new roles ‘very, very closely’ to see if they go against the agreement with The Queen that he would not trade off his Royal status,’ a royal expert has claimed. Speaking on this week’s edition of True Royalty TV’s weekly programme The Royal Beat, Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers discusses Prince Harry’s new role as Chief Impact Officer at US coaching firm BetterUP.

‘There is the argument that if he is “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex” in all the published materials for [the firm], is that trading off the royal brand which they said they wouldn’t do to uphold the values of The Queen?’ he explains. ‘So it is very debatable at the moment. People at the Palace will be watching this very, very closely.’

On Tuesday, Prince Harry announced his first job in the corporate world by revealing he had taken an executive position at a Silicon Valley start-up that claims to be worth $1.7billion.

The Duke of Sussex will be ‘chief impact officer’ at mental health services business BetterUp, where he will help promote an app used by corporate giants including Hilton, Facebook and oil firm Chevron to improve the wellbeing of their staff.

[From The Daily Mail]

These desperados are just obsessed with the idea that they – or the Palace – have some kind of control over Harry and Meghan. It should be abundantly clear that the Palace cannot say or do jacksh-t at this point. Similar claims were made last fall in the immediate wake of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal. Some royal reporters were trying to pretend that the Queen’s lawyers would somehow have the right to go over H&M’s contract with Netflix and “reject” it in some way. It’s absolutely bonkers. And yes, Harry is going by “Prince Harry.” That’s his name. That’s his title.

The more I think about it, the more I understand what a brilliant feint it was for Harry and Meghan to ask for the half-in/half-out royal option back in January 2020. They even organized that website and dropped it on the Queen and Charles just to let them know that they were “serious.” How differently this would have played out if the Queen and Charles had considered their half-in proposal strategically instead of vindictively. Charles and the Queen could have called their bluff AND still had an enormous amount of control over the Sussexes. LOL. Oh well! It’s almost like Harry and Meghan knew that the senior royals always act in the most punitive, tone-deaf way and that’s what they were counting on.

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Canada House, London, UK

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Canada House, London, UK

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  1. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    I *am* sad that Harry will have any dealings with Chevron, remotely or otherwise – the behaviour of this company in its treatment of ethnic minorities, particularly in Ecuador, is absolutely abhorrent and has led to tens of thousands of needless deaths.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      This is a very tenuous link at best. It reminds of the attempts to link the Grenfell kitchen to terrorism. I wish the amount of scrutiny will be given to other royals who actually broker arms deals, charge commission, sell milk and gin and accept gifts from very very dodgy people.

      • Elizabeth K. Mahon says:

        Right. Didn’t an arms dealer buy Prince Andrew’s house South York for more than it was worth?

      • idk says:

        Sure, Harry’s not going to be personally responsible for what Chevron has done in Ecuador. But I’ve worked with plenty of Indigenous leaders in the western Amazon, and I can tell you they always appreciate it when someone helps to raise awareness of what’s been done to them.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        No, ER, it’s not tenuous at all. I’m a firm Sussex fan, as you should know by my prior comments, but if there is something off it should be noted. Chevron have done untold damage, have bribed judges, coerced and forced lawyers for Ecuadorian communities into house arrest, all the while failing to clean up their toxic mess which has caused cancers and all manner of problems. There’s absolutely no need to go down the ad hominem route and link me to the sewers who tried to undo Meghan’s good work.

    • Plums says:

      Isn’t Chevron also responsible for a lot of the historical and probably current terribleness in Myanmar? At least I thought I remember learning that at some point. It’s what caused me to boycott Chevron gas for several years in any case. Though there’s not really much you can do if you need gas. All those companies are monstrous in their own ways.

      • Missskitttin says:

        Is he working for Chevron? What happened to BetterUp?

      • Kate says:

        Fyi….Sorry don’t hate me. Oil and gas worker here (not Chevron but another super major). Chevron owns a small number of the branded stations – and it is a 50/50 partnership at that. All mogas/disel comes from a common pipeline. The only thing you are “buying” from Chevron (or any brand) is the additive package. Boycotting really only hurts the retailer/buissness owner and maybe your own pocketbook. Most of the profit to the station is from car wash/concessions.

        For anyone interested: Unless you have a loyalty card you like, buy from the newset, cheapest major mogas retailer (the additive packages really do matter. If you are planning not to keep the vehical long term…whatever). Outside of that, the brand doesn’t matter. All fuels for the region come from the same pipeline, regardless of the brand. Really truly.

    • SomeChick says:

      ALL of the oil companies are evil. his company helps their workers – it’s the equivalent of providing health care services to the workers who are building the death star in star wars. not great, but also not really endorsing chevron per se.

      • Chica says:

        The Royal Family is evil. That was Harry’s last employer. Do we need to look at the last 500 years of their destruction of the world? And if Chevron was already a client before he’s arrived, perhaps he can pursued his colleagues to not renew their contract. Unfortunately, this is what will be the new challenge for H (more so than M) working w/ppl and places that are in conflict with his values. He will need to learn fast, not all money is good money. However, Chevron was their client before Harry joined the team in January, weren’t they?

  2. Chica says:

    They always play the losing hand like..losers! Was this Charles or Wills?

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      They will forever be losers. I am convinced that they are under Miss Celie’s curse. As long as they keep briefing against the Sussexes, everything they touch and everything they think to do will crumble.

    • Cecilia says:

      Like do these people not realize how contracts work? The RF is in no way a party in that contract therefore they have absolutely no say in whatever betterup & prince harry decide to do.

    • The Hench says:

      Seriously. Like what are they actually suggesting – that Harry go under some false name at work? He IS the Duke of Sussex. He is a Prince. He might go by Harry Wales as he did in the army internally but he can use his own title on whatever he bloody likes.

      To be fair, I don’t believe Russell Myers anyway. He is just another so-called expert making stuff up to fill newspaper space.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        I hope someone leaks his business card and it reads “Henry Mountbatten-Windsor” just to stick it to the palace. He doesn’t need to trade on his titles. He should use the same name his children use.

      • lucy2 says:

        Even better: Harry Markle.

      • Golly Gee says:

        So Russ Myers, maker of Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has stopped making soft porn movies in favor of being an editor of the Daily Mirror? That’s kind of stepping further down into the cesspool isn’t it?
        (Yeah, I know, different guy.)

    • notasugarhere says:

      My money is on William being behind it.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Agree, they are hurt in all the ways and in all the worst places that they can’t use their Firm Rules or threats of yanking security and money to control H&M. They focus their evil hate on Meghan, but they KNOW Harry has the bones to pick and Harry has the ability and clear willingness to tell it all to protect his family. All they had to do was be civil to Meghan and not terrorize her into being borderline on the verge of self harm. But nope they terrorized and demonized the POC and treated her child like he was a slave of Britain. Meghan helped Harry realize his dream of freedom and clearly wants to protect her family, but Harry is the one who has an ax to grind. And those morons played their cards like a drunk gambler with a concussion and lost.

  3. Merricat says:

    Hahahaha! Don’t worry, Windsors, you still have the Middletons. Snort.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yup, that is how they wanted it, so that is what they are stuck with and the press and the Windsors hate it because they are they the least popular, least charismatic, least likely to work and have the least amount of compassion, empathy and draw of the people’s heart!! Suck on those wiglets and buttons Keen Karen!!

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Hahahaha come here Lovey let Mamma Middleton make you some cheese toast. Pippa why don’t you call the Daily Mail from the other room

  4. Susan says:

    …And didn’t I just read an article about Peter Philips having a job involved with rapid Covid testing. But that’s….ok?

  5. VS says:

    Kaiser predicted this and like clockwork, they went there……..do these people even realize how predictable they are? if they do, do they care? or are they that stupid? or do they count on their peasants not paying attention?

    • Izzy says:

      It’s entirely possible that some of the “royal experts” read this site and are making up their talking points based on it. Which means, obviously, that we should start posting some truly outlandish, obviously false things and see how long it takes for them to pick it up and run with it.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        I know many royal experts read this site. They consistently stalk anyone and any social media site that is supportive of the Sussexes online as they are baffled as to why their smear campaign and tactics are not working. It’s very simple KP, BP and CH. People don’t like ugly. You are stuck repeating the same actions from a very old play book. This time you forgot that we are in a technological age and you also underestimated who Harry truly is. Alter and mend your ways because it is almost too late.

      • Couch potato says:

        It’s possible yes, but let’s not forget they’ve been writing truly outlandish, obviously false stories for years now.

  6. L84Tea says:

    You do that, RF! You watch real closely. I’ll loan you some binoculars…

    It’s so sad, yet so hilarious.

    • MsIam says:

      They can watch Harry succeed, lol! Its funny, the royals kept saying that Harry needed the royal family to stay relevant but honestly its the other way around. Nobody gives a hoot about them.

    • Lorelei says:

      It’s honestly so funny to me at this point, how they keep acting as if they’re still the ultimate arbiters of everything the Sussexes do. They STILL haven’t gotten the message. Or, they have, but it’s too humiliating to accept defeat, so publicly they keep pretending that the Queen must approve of anything they do.

      The Sussexes are gone. Move on with the “relevant” statesmanlike William and his equally relevant wife, their regal, elegant FFQC.

    • Ok, L84TEA…….” You do that, RF! You watch real closely. I’ll loan you some binoculars…”

      That was really funny. Thanks for the Monday morning laugh. The Sussexes are so done with these idiots! I love how they’ve even jettisoned their old logo (entwined initials with the crown) for the new Archewell logo.

    • lucy2 says:

      I find it hilarious. H&M are just out there, doing what they want to do, and every time something is announced, the RF races to say “oh yes, we’re reviewing that, we’re watching it closely, we’re monitoring the situation” as if they have ANY say in what H&M are doing anymore.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    For (indirect) descendants of William the Conqueror, they sure don’t have any sense of strategy.

  8. Bettyrose says:

    They need to pick a last name and not use the titles. Don’t even give the palace that to nitpick.

    • Anastasia says:

      Even if they do, I bet most of the coverage will still use the titles.

      Plus, then I bet it’ll be ,spin to say something like “Harry and Meghan too good for Royal titles,” or some BS like that.

    • lanne says:

      they will move the goalposts, and likely demand his royal blood be drained from his body. They are screeching for the sussexes to “pay back” their wedding money

    • Mila says:

      No, they shouldn’t give in to their racism.

    • Cecilia says:

      @bettyrose no they shouldn’t if fergie can use her duchess title so can meghan and harry. H&m have made far to many compromises. It ridiculous.

      • Marie55 says:

        Exactly! Fergie literally shilled for weight watchers?!?! And Charles sells food products! How is this an issue?! So ridiculous.

    • Sofia says:

      In the UK, if you’ve got a title, that can be used as a surname. This applies to the arisos as well. So for example if you were the Duchess of London but your family surname was Pomperbottom or something, you could call yourself Betty London instead of Betty Pomperbottom. Heck in the UK passports you can even put “Duchess of London” in the surname column if you had a UK passport.

      My point is, the title is a part of him. The York girls use Beatrice/Eugenie York for their own jobs too.

      • The Hench says:

        Sometimes they don’t even bother to put first names. I once saw something signed by the Duke of Richmond and he literally just wrote down “Richmond” as his signature.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Why? It’s their names and if it’s ok for Princess Michael of Kent to sell her books using her title, Harry and Meghan can do the same.

    • Myra says:

      No. They should continue to use their titles as other white members of the family. No discrimination should be entertained by them. Let the queen strip them if she wants to, or Charles when he is king, but they should not make the life of these royals easier.

      • anotherlily says:

        The Queen cannot strip them of their titles. They are Harry’s titles by birth and by gift. He owns them. He shares them with Meghan through marriage and Archie has the legal right to inherit the dukedom. The only possible power the Queen might have is with the HRH rank and the Sussexes do not use this.

        When the King of Sweden restricted HRH rank to his children and the children of the Crown Princess many reporters assumed that the Prince/Princess titles were removed from the other grandchildren but this isn’t the case. They retain Prince/Princess as a personal title. The newest grandchild born to Princess Madeleine is a Prince and has been given a dukedom by the King.

        HRH rank was removed from Diana but she was still Princess of Wales. The point of HRH rank is that the holder can be an official representative of the monarch and that is what is acknowledged by people bowing/curtseying on formal occasions.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I agree with all of this, fully understand the racism at play here, and don’t think they should be bullied out of using their titles. If they were still in Britain or the Commonwealth where others have titles I’d say fight like hell. But it’s the U.S. and Harry & Meghan Sussex has a nice ring to it. Of course they’ll always be titled royals to the press, but when introduced at speaking events for example it would be: Please welcome Meghan Sussex, chair of Archewell Foundation. Putting focus on accomplishments. It’s more American/Silicon Valley and to my mind and better than titles.

      • Emile says:

        I kinda agree… Like I can understand all the arguments folks are giving as to why they should keep using the titles (e.g. don’t give the RF an inch, other non-working royals are using theirs, the RF wanted Archie to be without titles in any case so don’t give them that satisfaction). I also don’t think they’re “profiting” from the titles like all their haters like to say — most of their supporters, including me, are not royalists and are interested in Harry and Meghan, not the titles. But that said, their titles just feel kinda… out of context with their new lives?

        As you said, if they stayed in the UK or another Commonwealth country (and still did some royal duties) then it makes sense for them to use the titles as much or as often as their wish. But in Hollywood/Silicon Valley (which is where they work now) it just sounds kinda awkward, outdated, and overly formal.

        Anyhow, that’s just my two cents.

        (I do think, however, that they might ditch the Sussex title once the Queen passes, or at least not use it in their public work/life. It was a wedding gift from her so they might just be using it for now out of respect for her).

  9. JT says:

    If those fools at the palace didn’t even know he was working at BetterUp for two months, how in the hell would they be able to review it? They know nothing. They didn’t know about the house, Netflix, Spotify, Aspen, or anything having to do with Archewell. Just admit it. However, I am enjoying their spin that they are still in the loop days after news about them drops. Always playing catch up I see.

  10. Izzy says:

    So if the Palace does object, they will have to lay out very clearly why Harry associating with a company that helps mental wellbeing in the workforce, is such a negative.

    Good luck with that.

    • MF1 says:

      Even if they did object, they have zero power to do anything about it. They act like there will be consequences if they decide Harry is trading on his royal name. But we all know H&M have cut the purse strings and are free to do whatever the hell they want.

  11. Mac says:

    Harry doesn’t work for the firm anymore. They can monitor his career as closely as they like, but they have no say in what he does.

  12. Tom says:

    Perhaps this new app could help The Other Brother deal with his recurring incandescence.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Yes, Baldimort could certainly use their services!! Maybe his brother could get him a discount!!

  13. Osty says:

    😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀 These pple think so highly of themselves its comical . Imagine thinking you can have a say in a deal you didn’t know anything about until it was signed and made public

  14. Cecilia says:

    Do these people know how contracts work?

    • Izzy says:

      Honestly, I don’t think they do. Not outside of the confines of the monarchy, where they get to look everything over and Her Maj gets veto power over sections of legislation. They’re so out of their depth because it’s so completely out of their control.

    • Lizzie says:

      They are also in denial that Harry and Meghan have advisors who are head and shoulders above palace courtiers.

  15. (The OG) Jan90067 says:

    Hmmm… let’s see. Peter Phillips trades on the royal connection (his Event Planning business got the Jubilee business W/OUT other bids to the tune of £700K, and that milk commercial in China), Zara Tindall trades on it (endorsements, racing horses), Princess Blackamoor Brooch trades on it (HRH on the title pages of her books), even the York girls (esp. Bea, every job she’s had, (entry level VP??) for their connections)… yet, Harry might get shit for using HIS birthright title? But hey everyone, the BRF (looking at YOU, Chuckie and Willie) isn’t PETTY & VINDICTIVE.

    Sure…now pull the other one.

  16. lanne says:

    Harry could swing from a stripper pole and there’s nothing they could do about it. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chinese milk salesman and now rapid Covid test salesman Peter Phillips takes a whirl around a pole. Would anyone in the RF notice while they are trying to examine Harry with their ancient microscopes?

  17. Becks1 says:

    LOL, the RRs are so salty and bitter, I love it.

    No, the palace does not get to review Harry’s jobs at this point. He gave you the opportunity to have that power, you said no, so now you (royal family) need to deal with it and move on. He’s Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and he’s going to use that name and title. As long as HRH Princess Michael of Kent is out there selling books, Harry can go by Prince Harry if he damn well wants to.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    The Palace has absolutely no control over Harry and Meghan and the royal reporters are stupid if they truly believe that the Palace has any say in what the Sussexes do.

  19. Cessily says:

    Royal brand? He was born with the “brand”.. first they didn’t want to pay for them, now they want to control the jobs they get.. this is harassment to the extreme!
    You want to better your Royal brand?? Let the authorities question PA, tell PW to stop sleeping with his neighbors and random ski bunnies, and finally stop with the “sources close to or Senior palace staff” leaks. It is cowardly, truthfully the entire commonwealth should be embarrassed they all allow this to continue.

  20. LadyE says:

    The fact that the Palace knew nothing about this and Harry actually started his position in January means that they obviously have zero “role” in reviewing or say so how he is referred to or jobs he takes. Clearly Harry feels ZERO need to get anything cleared by them.

    And, FYI Royal Family, the reason why BetterUp hired Harry is NOT because of his title, but having listened to the CEO talk about it- it is ironically absolutely about the Royal family, namely the trauma and mental harm done by them to Harry. Scobie has an extended clip with the CEO on his podcast and the guy talks about this.

  21. Sofia says:

    The last year should have been plenty of evidence that the royals have no control over the Sussexes. Heck the Oprah interview should have been a massive realisation.

    • MsIam says:

      Exactly, if they had any veto power it would have been over that! These reporters need to stop with these ridiculous stories. Sorry royals, but the Sussexes are EX employees. Just issue a congratulations, have a great life and be done with it. Its not like they are consorting with dictators or taking money from sex traffickers, is it? That would really be something to raise eyebrows about wouldn’t it?

  22. Elvie says:

    Such a non-issue with the titles and such. As if the palace has a right to look at his employment contracts.

    I was curious to see if Eugenie uses her title at work and the art gallery she works for just lists her as Eugenie York. Harry is obviously much more high profile than his cousin and I’m sure they’d freak out if he websites just called him Harry Sussex. He will never win with the salty British media so I’m happy he’s just making moves and living his best life.

    • Becks1 says:

      Even Eugenie York is still trading on her royal status, because she is married now and I think her last name is Brooksbank.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Eugenie’s’ gallery have referred to her as HRH Princess Eugenie when she hosted a talk. And I’m sure it was handy to have the Queen pop in to the gallery for a visit randomly. Sure there were galleries with less visibility that could have used that visit but hey ho.

      I think this is from the press not the palace. Back in 2019 the Sun had an article that Harry could avoid ‘scrutiny’ if he stops taking public funding& becomes a private citizen. Funnily enough after he did what they wanted they deleted that article.

      This is just the rota signalling they will continue to obsess over and harass the Sussexes. Most royal podcasts are about them & there’s hardly a royal story without a mention of them. You can bet the anniversary stories for the Cambridges will just be how regal, stable & dutiful they are compared to the Sussexes

  23. TheOriginalMia says:

    The Firm can suck it. Seriously. Harry is Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. That’s who he is. He only agreed to not profit off of his HRH, which doesn’t appear anywhere in BetterUp’s site. So…stfu. They just don’t want him to succeed. They want him needy and desperate to protect his family so he’ll return to the fold. It ain’t happening so move along and concentrate on the royals left.

  24. MMadison says:

    I think that the Charles and William believe that Harry and Meghan would never make it without them. For some reason William believes the British Tabloid media that he is more popular in the world than Harry. I’ll give the UK to him but outside of the UK William is garbage to large percentage of people.

    • Cessily says:

      Maybe no one has shown him the tiktok clip, or maybe this is PW way of throwing Royal tantrum. (But he is a credit to his title seriously??)

  25. Lemons says:

    The crisis managers need to move up their start date because this is pathetic on all levels.
    As others noted, how predictable can they be? We know they aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, but when will they learn that they do not need to comment on everything?

    I imagine William is trying to pivot from his awful press weekend by speaking more on the Better Brother.

  26. Louise177 says:

    It’s amusing that these articles keep saying TQ will review their contracts and jobs but don’t say what will happen. So if it’s believed that Harry and Meghan are exploiting the RF then what? What could they possibly do?

    • Lemons says:

      I love this because it sounds so ridiculous. Anyone with a lick of business sense knows that the royals won’t be reviewing anything. And even then, what will they do? Send a sternly-worded press release to their fave tabloid of the moment?

    • Lizzie says:

      Exactly what does she have to review? If she didn’t know about it then she sees the same news we all do.

  27. Guest says:

    The royal family shows how out of touch they are. They hit the jackpot with Meghan, but they let their own jealousy get in the way. Oh well, England’s loss is America’s gain.

  28. SwirlmamaD says:

    Omg, go sit in the corner. The Palace and BM continues to embarrass themselves….they have literally NO say in what this man does anymore and it’s eating them alive. And what, pray tell, will you do if he is “out of compliance”? Not a damn thing and you know it.

    • lanne says:

      They will post a story that Harry will be SHAMED and SENT TO BED WITHOUT SUPPER! (As soon as he returns to the royal fold, that is.) Just wait until he gets back. Harry is going to be in TROUBLE!!! Just wait. Wait, I tell you! He’ll be back. He can’t manage on his own. And when he gets back to the Palace, he will be GROUNDED!

  29. Water Bearer 💧 says:

    I am scratching my head because after the Sussexes reached their agreement with Buckingham Palace they can do whatever they want in their quest to be financially independent. The Firm has no say in what they do so them pushing the narrative they have some hold over the Sussexes is odd and damn creepy. I think the tabloids, broadsheets and certain sections of the British society think they have ownership of the Sussexes. There is so much bitterness and resentment that they left and are doing fine people just want to attack them for existing. As Meghan said in her conversation with Oprah she was being attacked for breathing. It’s just so weird but then again it’s not. We know why.

    • Snuffles says:

      Well, by now it’s obvious that the “you’re either in or your out” was a bluff by the palace and Harry and Meghan called them on it.

      EVERY move they made, Charles and the government tried to sabotage. Cutting them off financially, stripping them of their security, leaking their location were all moves to get them to come crawling back to the UK.

      The worst move they made was making it untenable for them to stay in Canada. If Harry and Meghan had stayed there, the palace would have had a decent level of reach and control into their life because it’s a Commonwealth country.

      The moment Harry escaped across the border with the help of his extremely powerful and connected friends like David Foster and Tyler Perry was the moment The Firm lost control over the Sussexes.

      They land in Meghan’s home turf and the rich and elite of Hollywood activated and protected them.

      • Oatmeal says:

        @Snuffles

        You have nailed it precisely

        I noticed the same pattern but interpreted it as Charles being petty, but I believe you are exactly correct in your analysis that those moves were done to try and strong arm Harry returning to the fold

        I dont think Charles in his wildest dreams expected it to play out this way, and privately for him it must be history repeating as he had to witness Diana coming out their divorce as a more sympathetic figure and emerge more popular than ever

        And I cant say , it’s a well deserved repeat since he didnt learn his lesson the last time

      • MsIam says:

        @Ooatmeal, Charles has a chance to change this simply by saying he is proud of and supports BOTH of his sons. Parents do it all the time. But being the petty MF that he is, he continues to push this narrative that he is somehow the victim in this. So he and the Other Brother will continue to be the villains instead.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Those were moves intended to both to punish Harry and to get him to come back. It is a deeply abusive way to operate.

  30. Abena Asantewaa says:

    They let the lie stand that Charles was paying for their upkeep, Charles himself kept conveniently quiet about it, like the title issue. The whole institution survives on PR and LIES! Glad H&M are working for their money. Russel Myers is another rotten rota who knows nothing, he hated Meghan from day 1. Oneday they will all be exposed including; William, Kate, The Middletons and Jason Knauf. It pains them they are donig well

  31. Catherine says:

    The Sussexes have the right to use their titles and should. It’s their official names. If the Queen decides they can’t use them officially like she did with the HRH; then that should be her responsibility. H&M should not have to behave as if they have done something wrong. They should have to punish themselves. The trading off the royal brand is BS. Charles is next in line, William is second in line the royal brand doesn’t appear to be helping their popularity. Reportedly, William couldn’t even get his doc on American television. For years Harry was rated the most popular royal ranking even higher than the Queen. Invictus gave him an independent international profile. Harry and Meghan relationship resonates with people on a level beyond their royalty. Everyone who had worked with the Sussexes except for the toxic anonymous leakers describe them as hard working and dedicated. And their projects produce tangible results. People who are just trading off a “brand” don’t put in the time and work that Harry and Meghan clearly do.
    The media is pretending the palace have a say in the Sussexes business because it gives them an excuse to continue to cover them. Remember many in the media swore that the Sussexes would be considered irrelevant and would not be covered if the left. Well they left. They used the review as an excuse. They used the fact the Queen did they were much loved as an excuse. Now here we are. It is officially done and they know the Sussexes are the money makers. They realize they severely underestimated them. So now they’ll pretend that their coverage is about accountability.

  32. Mooshe1 says:

    I think it’s the Sussex Squad’s duty to remind all these royal experts that there are many more royals in the private sector who use their titles

  33. Beach Dreams says:

    It really was a blessing in disguise to have the half-in/half-out deal so thoroughly rejected by the RF. Harry and Meghan would’ve continued to be sabotaged if these people had eyes on their potential projects and contracts. It’s too late for the RF to whine about reviews and the Queen’s “values” (lol). They’ll continue to howl in the wind until the truth of the situation properly smacks them in their faces.

  34. Mina_Esq says:

    They truly don’t see any value in Prince Harry’s actual experience? They still don’t know that he is more than his title. He has a ton of executive experience and military experience. Now they want to…what…take his actual name?

  35. Lizzie says:

    They have the option to make Harry a better offer. Good luck with that.

  36. Lizzie says:

    But was the queen blindsided? Surely she was.

  37. Margaret says:

    I think that a lot of what Meghan and Harry are doing is odd and ill-advised, but their oddness is nowhere near the level of sheer peculiarness and entitlement and arrogance demonstrated by the people at the Palaces – royal family members and courtiers – who seem to think they have the right to have some say in how M&H live their lives now. Those people are so far up themselves it’s almost unbelievable! Though Harry is perfectly entitled to call himself by the name and style he was born with and use his peerage title, I would be tickled pink if henceforth he called himself Henry Mountbatten-Windsor.

  38. Yoyo says:

    It is OK to be lied about about for 5 years, but the minute they put their truth out there, it is odd and ill-advised.
    Next.