Telegraph: Duchess Meghan’s WME move means she’ll end up ‘on Elon Musk’s yacht’

The British media has been gagged for a full week. They couldn’t believe it when the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise virtual appearance at Misan Harriman’s Ted Talk. They were beside themselves when Harry and Meghan booked a VIP suite to watch the NBA Playoffs last Monday, and the Mail was hysterically melting down over the cost of wine, hot dogs and other stadium snacks. But the British press still wasn’t prepared for the news that Meghan signed up with WME, one of the most powerful agencies in the world, nor were they prepared for the fact that Meghan had actually been courted by several agencies. WME is no joke, and Ari Emanuel is regularly named as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. The British press was so shaken, it took them basically 24 hours to catch their breath. They can’t blatantly lie and say that this move is bad for Meghan, so now it looks like they’re trying to say that it’s terribly suspicious that Meghan would make such a brilliant move for her future. From The Telegraph:

Meghan & Ari Emanuel: “This means a lot in Hollywood,” says an LA insider. “It’s the most powerful and prestigious agency in America and the one everybody is at – being represented by them proves you are a big deal. Bearing in mind where her career was at 10 years ago, this will be almost a childhood dream come true.”

The real Ari Emanuel: “When you first meet him, you expect him to be this overbearing Weinstein-like figure,” says one Hollywood source. “But he’s actually very personable – he laughs a lot and looks you in the eye; he has usually done his homework on what you’re up to and is always very charming.”

Ari’s vibe: “He’s famously combustible – he swears and throws things, and someone famously saw him in a garage pounding his laptop against the wall in rage,” says LA-based author and journalist Richard Rushfield. “But he can spot an opportunity a mile off. Hollywood can be a very complacent place and it needs thinkers like him. Ari is the most powerful figure of his generation. He’s the ideal choice for Meghan because he is immensely skilled at building a larger world around his clients. She’s not looking for an acting role, she’s looking to take her brand and name and use it in new ways. Ari famously said that he wasn’t going to hold his clients’ hands at auditions, he was going to build media empires for them.”

Meghan, the next Michelle Obama: For the Duchess of Sussex, there could be no better connections. “It’s no secret that she wants to be the next Michelle Obama,” says a Hollywood source. “That’s the key to the whole thing.” Given that relations had reportedly soured between the Obamas and the Sussexes in the months after the infamous Oprah interview (they were notably absent from Barack’s star-studded 60th birthday celebrations in 2021), joining Endeavor may be one way for Meghan to reconnect with them.

Meghan & Elon Musk: “It’s all pretty schmoozy and once you sign with Ari, you’re in on this whole social scene,” says a source. “He is also great friends with Elon Musk – Harry and Meghan will no doubt hang out on Elon’s yacht with all of the Californian power couples. Meghan will love that – it’s her natural habitat.”

[From The Telegraph]

“Harry and Meghan will no doubt hang out on Elon’s yacht with all of the Californian power couples. Meghan will love that – it’s her natural habitat.” For all of his many faults, Elon Musk does not own a yacht. California power couples do not hang out with Elon Musk in general, and certainly not on his nonexistent yacht. Meghan’s natural habitat is not “on a yacht.” She’s also not looking to become the next Michelle Obama – Meghan was never First Lady, that’s not the comparison. What Meghan wants – in my opinion – is to be more like Gwyneth Paltrow or Reese Witherspoon. A production company, a book club, a popular podcast (or several pods), investments in woman-owned businesses, maybe a clothing line, some brand ambassadorships, perhaps a popular lifestyle blog. That’s the play here.

Also: I’m curious why one of the top quotes in the piece is comparing Ari Emanuel to convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. The two men are nothing alike. The only thing, that I can see, that they have in common is Judaism. Which I think was the point. I feel certain that the British media will go full antisemitic dog-whistle with this news.

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  1. Again projection. Kate was a yacht girl not Meg. Get this through your thick skulls. The jealousy is eating them alive. Aren’t you going to complain about Andy with the rich man Epstein? No nothing? Just ridiculous.

    • Nivz says:

      Wow. They think they’re so slick with the yacht reference. Can’t believe this is the telegraph and not the fail. Icky article.

      • HennyO says:

        This dog wisseling piece is as racist, anti-semitic and misogynistic as it comes. They are planting the seed for a narrative to run with; Meghan is now a celebrity, who surrounds herself with (potentially) compromising Hollywood/famous people. So she will become a target to shoot at freely. They’re about to learn from Ari soon.

      • Kathleen says:

        Just a reminder that #CamillaTomineyisaLiar is an associate editor at the Telegraph. She has been telling everyone that Harry and Meghan were finished in Hollywood where only “real royalty” was appreciated. Now the egg is dripping off her face’; hence the nasty digs. Enough said.

      • kirk says:

        HennyO – Agree. After reading about Meghan’s new business partners, I looked up Ari Emanuel and came away very impressed about what a really nice guy he is and super savvy about content creation business. This article makes him sound like a raving lunatic, seems totally out of character based on what I’ve seen.

        Watched CNBC Scott Wappner interview (4/3/2023) with Ari and Vince McMahon about UFC WWE merger. The whole 16:21 interview is worth watching, but insight to Ari’s character comes about ~14:30, when Wappner asks about his legacy. Vince McMahon gets a gigantic payout if the business gets sold, but retains rights to his IP – Vince’s control of own IP was important enough to Ari to spell it out in the contract. Nice guy.

      • kirk says:

        Surprised to see Brit media use actual named source, Richard Rushfield, in painting Ari Emanuel with broad angry strokes, so had to look him up. Rushfield previously wrote for LA Times, did stints at Gawker, BuzzFeed, Yahoo and wrote a book about American Idol. He’s currently operating a subscription Substack newsletter The Ankler. The quote Telegraph attributes to Rushfield about seeing Emanuel beating his laptop in a garage came from a Vanity Fair 1/27/2020 article “Ari Emanuel, WME, and the Great Hollywood IPO That Wasn’t.” Hardly the last word on the subject, since Endeavor Group Holdings went public on NYSE in April 2021. The story is still being written, and it still might flop. But it’s clear that comparison to Weinstein is defamatory.

    • Snuffles says:

      Exactly. Derangers like to call Meghan a yacht girl and basically prostitute. And they are totally trying to imply that Ari is a sexual predator like Weinstein.

      If these idiots think they are slick and this will slip Ari’s notice, they’re about to learn the hard way. Fuck ‘em up Ari.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        Ari is like if Disney were a human man. Invincible with a brilliant lawyer’s mind. He will f them UP. DO IT, ARI!

      • The Old Chick says:

        Derangers constantly call her a prostitute. Last I heard it costs 300k! The mysoginy/ racism is unbelievable

      • Sherri says:

        They F’d around, now they’re about to Find out!

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        And, they don’t get or conveniently forget, that there was a character in Entourage named Harvey Weingard.

    • swaz says:

      Everything Ari needs to know about the British press is in this article. If he thought Hollywood was tough this is going to be his ultimate challenge 🙄

    • The Recluse says:

      Notice how they’re also claiming that there’s some sort of rivalry between them and the Obamas and they’ve had a falling out. I bet that’s about as real as a 3 dollar bill, but they gotta make their foul insinuations.

  2. VonBarron says:

    Well they really dog whistled “yacht girl” too huh?

    • HamsterJam says:

      Just when you though the British Media could not become more overtly sexist

    • Lizzie says:

      They are desperate to hide Kate’s yacht days.

      • Moxylady says:

        What yacht days? What’s a yacht girl? I’m assuming it’s a pretty girl people want on their yacht? I remember my 19-20 was wild. It was a different time so I didn’t know about yacht girls. But if it was chilling and partying on a yacht I would have been in! How could you not?!?
        Or is yacht girl like implying they sleep with people for being on a yacht. Cuz like dudes needing a yacht to get sex is also a wtf.

      • HamsterJam says:

        @Moxylady: A yacht girl is the female equivalent of a ski boy.

      • Moxylady says:

        I know skater boi. Cuz – She said see ya later boy. You see, he wasn’t good enough for her.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        @Moxylady—you are CRACKING ME UP!

      • Moxylady says:

        😂😂😂 I feel old. But I’m not old! I guess raising kids does that to a person. Makes them completely out of touch with the trends and next generation.
        *dabs* YEET!!!

      • HamsterJam says:

        @Moxylady: A ski boy is a type of barely legal good looking boy child that hangs around expensive ski resorts. Super rich people let them live in their otherwise empty chateaus and become part of their entourage until they age out.

        I am sorry if I have now just ruined your previously good opinion of humanity.

        The are young beautiful and disposable.

      • Debbie says:

        @Moxylady: Don’t feel too bad about not knowing what those terms meant. I don’t know what a “yacht girl” is either, and the “ski boy” reference was absolutely meaningless to me too. Thanks, @HampsterJam.

      • LittlePenguin says:

        @MoxieLady and @Debbie, Don’t worry I just learnt something this morning too! I’m in Canadian and was trying to figure out if we just called it something different – in fact I’d never heard of it. Thanks to @HamsterJam for the lesson.

      • Mary says:

        @moxylady, here is a toned down article talking about Kate’s time working as a deckhand on a yacht. An earlier article in the Daily Mail said that she would not wear underwear and stand with her legs akimbo above the hatch giving those below something to ogle. Hence, the reference in this article about her being asked to not always stand by the hatch.

    • Lucy says:

      This whole article is so gd gross

      • Judge Jane says:

        It’s totally ludicrous how the British people have treated this child , Meghan-it’s astonishing how people with children can degrade and berate someone else’s child with no remorse- but they are going to pay for it and good!

  3. equality says:

    Likely who Meghan wants to be is herself and to follow her own interests. Just because the RF are into cosplaying being other than what they are, doesn’t mean everybody is like that.

    • CheChe says:

      I concur…Meghan is forging her own path without a template. The Royals and everyone else can’t take notes fast enough.

  4. Rapunzel says:

    Didn’t Elon move Tesla out of California? As a lifelong Californian, I seem to recall him doing that for taxes. I think Tesla went to Texas?

    How are California power couples hanging out with a dude who doesn’t live in the state he’s supposed to have a yacht in?

    Btw, as a lifelong resident, California is not yacht culture as much as surf culture.

    • Moxylady says:

      She’s gonna be on Elon’s solar powered wifi surf board! Like all the power couples want to be! 😂😂😂

    • sunny says:

      To say nothing of the horrific way Elon’s companies, particularly Tesla have treated Black people. I am sure Meg is looking for a new bestie.

      I mean, the attacks on her are such a mess. How is the British press this dumb?

    • Blue Nails Betty says:

      Sadly, yes, Elno is now in Texas. He is also building his boring (as in tunneling) company 7 miles from my house. He’s also going to add SpaceX stuff and a housing neighborhood (for his employees) in that same location.

      I hate it.

      • The Recluse says:

        And destroying habitat and threatening endangered species too.

      • The Rota are GHOULS! says:

        Yeah, I hear ya! My aunt & uncle are building a house in Port Isabel & they’re fuming at having Elon & Space X (& their exploding rockets) as neighbors.

    • Deering24 says:

      “…California is not yacht culture as much as surf culture.”

      _Thank_ you, Rapunzel. I have Cali relatives and I was wondering if I missed something. 🙂

  5. MrsH says:

    So many dog whistles so little time. The barely concealed line repeating the lie she was a yacht girl is despicable. However it is time to pop some popcorn y’all because they have no idea who they are messing with when they are slagging Ari and his agency.

  6. Moxylady says:

    Me not realizing Harvey Weinstein was Jewish til just now. Wtf Moxy….
    This means a lot in Hollywood, they said sweating buckets and holding a trash can at the ready, near their ashen green tinged faces.
    Also. Wtf. They are so f-ing bad at this. They sucked up to Ari – besides the absolute dick move of comparing him to W – but then made snide comments about Meghan’s professional goals and her desire to be around x kind of people.
    Ari doesn’t give a fuck want you say about him. But he will verbally and legally gut you for saying shit about his clients. They are courting the favor of the wrong person.
    As. Always.

    • Deering24 says:

      So, the BP _want_ no access to his clients? Okay. Rock-stupid is as rock-stupid does…:)

  7. Michelle says:

    Ari and WME Will put a big dent in the disinformation about Meghan and Harry. I thought a few paragraphs in the story seemed like “sucking up” to the powerful Hollywood mogul. And the ONLY quote attributed to a person (not a source) was about Ari. Turn out the lights the party is over British vultures!

    • Moxylady says:

      But they also don’t get him on a fundamental level.
      He doesn’t care about bj articles from the tabloid press.
      He cares about what is said and insinuated about his clients.
      They are so bad at life.

  8. Brassy Rebel says:

    Comparing a producer to an agent, anti-Semitic dog whistles. Just another day in the bigoted, clueless British media I guess.

  9. WiththeAmericann says:

    These dummies. As said above California isn’t a yacht culture and Elon doesn’t live there.

    But more importantly, elon stands for everything Meghan despises. He’s a racist sexist human rights abuser. These people are deranged and the antisemitism is disgusting.

    • Moxylady says:

      Right??? No one wanted to hang out with Elon before he outed himself as a red pilled a-hole publicly.
      I’ll be honest. The most powerful people in Hollywood/ the political / IT world are people we have barely heard of.

  10. MsIam says:

    The Telegraph is pathetic. I’m so glad Meghan is paying them dust. And LOL how the pathetic smear campaign has helped to make her more famous and powerful than ever. Oops!

  11. EasternViolet says:

    I can’t even remember the Obamas and Sussexes had a falling out fanfiction…

    • Polo says:

      It all came from Angela levin. She made up the lie that Meghan and Harry not being invited to Obama’s bday party was a huge snub. Meghan had just given birth not long before that.
      Also where has Meghan said she wants to be like Michelle Obama and since when have they hung out outside of attending a few events?
      So much projection but no actual facts.

      • Lorelei says:

        Right after Oprah aired, Michelle was asked about the Sussexes when she was promoting something (her first book, maybe?) and she gave a diplomatic response about how she hopes there’s forgiveness because “nothing is more important than family” and these freaks turned that into a slam against Harry and Meghan. Ridiculous.

      • Becks1 says:

        And that was the party that was super scaled down anyway and half the guests got cut at the last minute.

        Do I think the Sussexes and the Obamas get along? Yes, I do, especially when it comes to causes they are both interested in supporting. Do I think they’re BFFs? Probably not, and that’s perfectly fine. They have different backgrounds, different roles, and come from different generations. Not being BFFs =/= being enemies but the british press obviously has to do its thing.

      • Mary says:

        @lorelai, my first response to you did not post, unpopular opinion here that Michelle Obama slammed Meghan but in my opinion she did. She blamed the victim and then turned around and implied that Meghan should not have shone the light on herself in the Oprah interview and said that true service is shining the light on others.

    • Dee(2) says:

      The British media is obsessed with the idea that the Obama’s hate the Sussexes (Even though they hate the Obama’s too), as evidence that no one likes them. Rather than them being of two completely different generations and not likely to be bosom buddies. The Obama’s hanging out with the Springsteen’s and Spielberg’s makes way more sense, but why expect that from the BM.

    • TheWigletOfWails says:

      They’re obsessed with powerful people hating the Sussexes, because they desperately hope their smear campaign worked. The derangers came up with that silly story, not knowing that Meghan and President Obama SHARE a birthday. Why would she leave her birthday celebrations with her family to go be a guest at someone else’s?

    • Jan says:

      Barrack and Meghan same birthdate, Lili was 2 months old.

      • Debbie says:

        This was during the latter days of the pandemic too. I’d have to need a lung from someone to join a crowded event in those days. But the BM doesn’t worry about such logistics. One goes ahead and makes up an unsourced bit of fiction about Meghan, then another one later quotes them as fact. Sometimes the first person quotes themselves by referencing their own made-up nonsense. I mean, that’s what a “Hollywood source” said anyway.

  12. Well Wisher says:

    Whomever edited/wrote this article decided to spew the bitterness.

    The silence of the UK right-winged media industry, is astonishment at the gap of their expectations and how they are actually percieved.

    They saw themselves as kingmakers due to their influence in making or destroying reputation(s).
    Until now, and with in their 👀, an immigrant who married into the royal family.

    They have thrown everything at Meghan, including the kitchen sink, buried her as a seed, and still…..

    It is baffling for them, afterall they bought their status, in order to put others beneath by dining at the king’s table.

    What happened??

    A discerning reading public, who remained mostly silent and consumed what pleases and interested them…

    The results are in …
    Compare sales of Spare to Jobson’s latest, he sold 1707 the first week….

    This article is full of anger and envy with projecting…..

  13. MSTJ says:

    “It’s no secret that she wants to be the next Michelle Obama,” says a Hollywood source.

    I’ve never heard Meghan say she wants to be like Michelle. That’s a British tabloid narrative.

    The British media in my opinion likes to use key words to build their stories and trigger culture wars and social media hate for content traction and profits. In this article they’ve used: Obama, Weinstein, Yacht , Musk.

    I think the British media is a vile cartel. I pray Harry and the other litigants succeed in winning their cases and changing how the media operates in the UK. They need proper regulation and accountability for the UK media.

    • Lorelei says:

      I can’t stand the constant Obama comparisons. It’s apples and oranges. He was the POTUS and she was the First Lady, and while I’m sure Meghan and Harry admire them, there’s nothing similar about their situations. They both have deals with Netflix, but that’s it.
      I guess it works with their asinine “Meghan’s scheming is all leading up to eventually running for President!” narrative, which is also laughable.

      The Sussexes are absolutely unique, there’s no one else like them in America (or anywhere). They’re like unicorns, lol.

      • MSTJ says:

        It lines up with the usual tabloids hate for profit model. They’re not looking to be factual and objective. They are looking to stoke emotions in certain factions. Telegraph is very much into the tabloid market with the usual royal smut stories. They just haven’t been accused of using criminal tactics for stories like the three groups Harry and others are taking to court. That’s why proper regulations are needed for media there.

        Unique, I agree. The Sussexes are “The Sussexes” but they’ll keep trying to bucket them over and over for various stories (buckets: Obamas, Kardashians, Gweyneth or Oprah in Meghan’s case). Anything for clicks and profits.

  14. Amy Bee says:

    It’s clear that the sources who the Telegraph is talking to have no understanding of how Hollywood works and think Elon Musk still has mainstream popularity.

    • Snuffles says:


      Their sources are the magical gnomes that live up their ass.

    • Haylie says:

      Well, they also thought that South Park episodes can destroy careers.

      Someone should tell them about the Tom Cruise episode before they met him give video well wishes to Chuck.

    • [insert_catchy_name] says:

      This is magical thinking that a “Monte Carlo yacht scene” exists in.. the port of LA?!?!

  15. Ace says:

    Can’t wait for the Torygraph to be included in the list of tabloids that H&M ignore. It’s been obvious for years there’s little difference between them and the Fail but somehow still manage to get the benefit of the doubt and it’s baffling to me.

    • Jay says:

      The only true thing in this article is the statement that WME is “the most powerful and prestigious agency in America and the one everybody is at – being represented by them proves you are a big deal.” The rest of this is racist and antisemitic claptrap as per usual. But it may have backfires, because when I think “yacht”, I think Kate, not Meghan. Oops.

    • aftershocks says:

      @Ace, Harry has a good, trusting relationship with Byrony Gordon, who has been a reporter for The Telegraph. I’m not certain whether Byrony still works for that rag. Her recent Q&A with Harry, “A Cup of Tea with Prince Harry,” was published on her blog, not in The Telegraph.

      When H&M left Salty Isle and announced which Brit rags they would no longer communicate with, I think they left The Telegraph off the banned list because Harry is on good terms with Byrony who was/is? a reporter there. They weren’t going to ignore Byrony when she reached out to them. This is my best guess.

      • HennyO says:

        She’s a freelance journalist who happened to sometime wrights for the Thorygraph.

      • aftershocks says:

        I think Byrony was once a reporter there, when she did the exclusive 2017 mental health interview with Harry, published in The Telegraph. Maybe by this point, she freelances.

  16. Eurydice says:

    If the BM can’t be bothered to know anything about the US, they should stick to their side of the pond. All this piece does is show that they don’t know anything about WME, California, Hollywood, Elon Musk or the Obamas, not to mention anything about Meghan’s plans. And what’s all this “famously saw, famously said”?

    • Lizzie says:

      BM assumes its readers are idiots. They know they are writing nonsense but that has never mattered to them or the haters who salivate for more and more outrageous hate.

    • Truthiness says:

      💯 They’re blindly throwing out anything to besmirch the Sussexes. Their original position that the couple couldn’t make a living in the real world could not have been more wrong so now they have to imagine new ways to slander.

  17. Lili says:

    why is it not possible for any one to carve out their own path, so far in her life she is unlike anyone else. establishing her own path and on her own journey.

  18. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    This is condescending and egregious.

  19. QuiteContrary says:

    As Jay said above, the only thing that’s true in the ridiculous and hateful piece is this: “being represented by them proves you are a big deal.”

    I bet the writer nearly choked transcribing that sentence … ah well, the truth hurts.

  20. Mary Pester says:

    I didn’t think the day would come that a fresh place in the sewer could be found for another UK paper but it seems I was wrong, and the telegraph has now been FLUSHED with the rest of the sht. The way this was written SCREAMS jealousy and worry because they know the clap back is coming BIG TIME. How bloody dare they try to reprint the yacht girl crap. Another way to try and link them to Andrew! There is no sence of “class” anymore to any UK paper. It’s gutter living trolling. As for being snubbed by the Obama’s be case they weren’t invited to Barack’s birthday party. I thought he put out a statement about his birthday party being smaller than it would have been because of the pandemic and that some of his own family would not be attending!
    The fact of the matter is THEY KNOW NOTHING about Megan’s plans, the UK press can’t get past the wall of silence that Megan and Harry have around their lives and future plans, so come out with this sht. Megan will do whatever she wants to do, helped along the way by this top flight agency and the screams coming from the UK press and the Palace can be heard on the moon

  21. LooseSeal says:

    I wouldn’t say Meghan wants to be goop or Reese Witherspoon. If we had to make a Hollywood comparison, I’d say she’s more aligned with Angelina Jolie. She wants to shed light on issues that aren’t getting enough attention and use storytelling to bring humanity to marginalized and overlooked populations.

    • aftershocks says:

      Eh, I wouldn’t compare Duchess Meghan to any of these established women. Meg is unique in her own right. She’s not copying anyone. She’s the role model many young women, as well as her contemporaries, look to and desire to emulate. Prominent achievers like Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Paltrow, Jolie, and even Hillary Clinton are likely flattered to be discussed in the same breath with Meg. Or, if anything, they are more likely for the most part, to be protective of Meg, seeing all the insane public abuse she’s suffered. This protective stance would surely especially be the case for Roberts, Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Meg’s dear friend, Gloria Steinem. And I would add, Meg’s mentor, Mellody Hobson.

    • [insert_catchy_name] says:

      Yes! Exactly! She is already a billion miles beyond what goop could hope for.

    • hangonamin says:

      i think the angelina comparison is fair. would be a good future model for meghan too…get a lot of brand sponsorship, make money that way to fund her organization projects on the side, do some paid speaker gigs, partner with a large global organization (like UNHCR) that focuses on a project she wants to promote. although i think angelina isn’t as quite social media savvy as meghan…i think meghan will use her experience building a lifestyle brand to her advantage to brand her and Harry well.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Nah, beyond the philanthropic angle, and having acting in their backgrounds, I don’t see the similarities. While I admire a lot about Angelina Jolie’s acting prowess, caring philanthropy, maternal instincts, and courageous choices, she has a completely different personality, childhood upbringing, early adult lifestyle, and acting career trajectory than Meghan. They are both uniquely different and special in their own rights. I don’t see many similarities outside of their independent spirits and sympatico activism. Angelina is the better actor, while Meg has definitely had better luck when it comes to men and marriage.

        From what I’ve read about Meg and heard her reference in interviews, her style role models are Audrey Hepburn, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Her acting muse was Julia Roberts and a few colleagues on the Suits set. Her major life role model is her mother, Doria Ragland.

      • aftershocks says:

        @Hangonamin: “… although i think angelina isn’t as quite social media savvy as meghan…i think meghan will use her experience building a lifestyle brand to her advantage to brand her and Harry well.”

        You’re saying you think Meg “will use Angelina’s experience…”? If that’s what you’re saying, I disagree. Of course, Meg probably admires a number of prominent female high achievers. But she doesn’t need to model her plans after Angelina’s experience. As we saw in the Netflix documentary, added to her mother, Doria, Meg already has a number of female mentors and friends from her former Suits producers, to Jill Smoller (Serena Williams’ long-time agent, now onboard with Meg too), plus Serena herself, along with newly acquired friends & mentors, Gloria Steinem, cosmetics entrepreneur, Victoria Jackson, and Mellody Hobson, among others, including Chelsea & Hillary Clinton. Not to mention, Oprah, Tyler Perry, and Meg’s long-time friend and honorary brother, Markus Anderson.

      • hangonamin says:

        i’m not sure what you mean that she’s gonna use Angelina’s experience…that doesn’t sense. they don’t really know each other. i’m saying Meghan is going to use her own experience that she’s had building out the Tig and her lifestyle brand in the past on her future ventures. Angelina doesn’t have that experience and she never had a huge social media presence. there are similarities to Angelina in that they both started in Hollywood, were (are in Angelina’s case) actresses, but branched out in philanthropy, and are very desirable for brand sponsorships, are smart well-connected women…etc etc the list goes on. no one is saying she’s a carbon copy of Angelina…but this is a great example of an actress that leaned into philanthropy and has been successful AND now known just as much for that as her acting.

  22. AmelieOriginal says:

    I would love a Duchess of Sussex book club!! That’s my takeaway from this article. Also what’s wrong with being the next Michelle Obama? Why do they make it sound like a bad thing?

    Also while the term yacht girl is not cool (I really just thought it was about young women partying on yachts at like the Cannes Film Festival, I didn’t realize there was a whole prostitution connotation to it until today), when I google imaged “Meghan Markle boat” literally the only images I could find were of her and Harry during the South Pacific tour on a small speedboat zooming around the Sydney Harbor in Australia during the Invictus Games. Maybe she had some on her defunct Instagram but I can’t find any.

  23. Jaded says:

    Decent people like Meghan and Harry wouldn’t touch Musk with a 10 foot pole, he’s utterly toxic. The gutter tabloids are going to FAFO big time if they keep this nonsense up because Ari’s reach is global.

  24. Yesgirl says:

    Please don’t say she wants to be Goop. I would rather she continue what she is doing but add more global level philanthropy or large scale humanitarian and environmental causes. To appear at the White House Correspondence dinner and W.H.O, and the U.N. things on the stage or real change and prestige. Goop and Reese are limited and small scale to what Meg can achieve globally.

    Also, the Met Gala and some high profile fashion stuff because my soul needs it and Kate is running out of looks to copy.

    • Debbie says:

      I know, right? Gwynith Paltrow is known for her commercial ventures and her website now. And Reese Witherspoon is known for her production company. So, aside from the 3 actresses’ acting background, I don’t see similarities between Meghan and them. GP and RW may very well donate money to charities, but they are not publicly known for their charitable endeavors. I think that Meghan is in a unique situation and her course is unchartered in this country. Whatever she decides, it will likely be a hybrid of charitable ventures and commercial ones to make a living and fund their charities.

      • aftershocks says:

        I mostly agree with you @YesGirl, but I’m not sure the Met Gala is exactly H&M’s vibe. It’s kind of OTT and trendy, and more of a fashion & celebrity ‘see and be seen’ extravaganza, which Meg is well beyond now, in terms of career goals and trajectory. We will get to see Meg’s unique style and fashion in other settings, such as the upcoming awards events in May.

    • hangonamin says:

      i think the similarity are three women that know how to conduct business in Hollywood and know how to brand their ventures/themselves. Meghan, i think, is very good at promoting her projects and passions, aka she knows how to brand herself very well. while i think we will see Meghan speak at some larger global and international organizations (she already has!) i think her signing will mean she wants to focus on her business ventures more and get more financial support to push her passion projects.

    • aftershocks says:

      I think that H&M have proceeded in a fashion that has well-suited them. The pandemic was a challenge, but they managed to use it to their advantage in getting quite a bit done, while also nurturing their young children in a protected family setting. They stayed busy networking, making philanthropic alliances that further built Archewell’s profile. And they also managed to create new content, with best-selling books, documentaries, and Meg’s hugely successful podcast. I’m happy to sit back and continue being surprised by their next steps and creative projects.

      All this time, Meg may have been courted by agencies, but this eventual signing came about in the right time for the Sussexes — after proving their mettle & marketability, while also turning a huge corner in putting the past behind them, post the H&M Netflix doc and Harry’s memoir. Because they had already signed with Harry Walker speaking agency in 2020, which is owned by WME, perhaps this eventual contract signing by Meg has been in the works for awhile. Timing is everything. Meg’s star value has only increased since 2020! 🌠

  25. JCallas says:

    The writer of this article sounds like a derranger. I bet they have a burner account.

  26. tamsin says:

    I think Meghan will be the first Meghan, just like she is the first Duchess of Sussex. I think she and Angelina Jolie are similar in that they both started as actresses and make philanthropy a part of their life’s work. Meghan will needs to work to be financially secure to do her philanthropy. Other than signing deals with netflix and spotify, there really is no comparison between the Obamas and the Sussexes, although they are two couples very insynch. I don’t think Meghan wants to be an influencer like Gwyneth, but she might want to be a successful as Reese. I think Meghan’s life path is pretty unique, and her trajectory will be her own. I think as And that Telegraph article was disgusting- dripping with racism, snobbery, and anti-semitism. The tone is vomit-inducing. I think Harry is in a unique position as well. Other “spares” of other monarchies become successful in business as an end in itself. Harry’s dedication to service stands out, but he needs to be successful in business to succeed in philanthropy. Others turn to philanthropy after they have become successful. I think Harry and Meghan occupy a space of their own.

  27. zazzoo says:

    How can you compare her to Michelle Obama in one breath and accuse her of hanging on Elon Musk’s yacht in the next?

  28. Juy says:

    Ari Emmanuel should sue the British Press. The comparison to Weinstein is just tooo much.

    • Bee says:

      He doesn’t have to sue. He can just refuse access to his other star clients. It’s the Pat Kingsley model.

  29. ChillinginDC says:

    She’s not similar to any of these people. Honestly she wants to be a producer and can and will end up doing it. She and Harry have shown they are not about the spotlight so I would stop expecting them to show up at the Met Gala, on red carpets, or at awards shows unless it’s for a movie or documentary they are producing.

    GOOP is a grifter.

    Reese Whitherspoon’s books/shows have been hit or miss.

    And most people do not think Angelina Jolie and global influencer/innovator.

    Let Meghan be Meghan and do what she wants. They have their foundation and other works they are doing, and are doing quite well.

  30. AnneL says:

    Ari Emmanuel is not someone to insult and smear, which is exactly what this article does and he is more than smart enough to know that. He is powerful, incredibly good at his job, and has a notorious temper. It might run in the family, as does remarkable achievement. His brother Rahm lost the use of one of his middle fingers when he was younger (I think it was a cooking accident?), and Obama joked that this “rendered him practically mute.”

  31. Jasper says:

    I really hope this article is the final straw and these rags get sued into oblivion. Between the sly comments implying that Meghan’s a “yacht girl” and then inferring that Ari Emanuel is anything like Weinstein, the Telegraph has sunk itself further into the mire with the other tabloids.

  32. Izzy says:

    Bless their hearts.

    She’ll buy her own yacht.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ 😆 Ummm, I don’t know. Meghan is maybe more likely to invest in a female-owned yacht company. Or, more likely to help aspirational women in a poor island country to become economically self-sufficient business owners, utilizing their own skills, work ethic, and creativity. 💲💹

  33. AC says:

    There was an article in the Times of London or Financial Times (I don’t remember which one) in the beginning of April interviewing Ari Emanuel and how they mentioned he would hang out with Elon Musk on his yacht or something like that. Basically the article talked about his high profile strategic influence with people in Hollywood and both of his brothers political connections to pretty much the most powerful leaders in the world – POTUS(Obamas and Bidens). So I’m pretty sure they used some of that content to portray Meghan hanging out with Elon Musk or trying to compare herself to Michelle . In summary they know Ari and his brothers are pretty powerful all around. So it will be very interesting if these British tabloids will try to cross him and psst him off. And if I look at this article it’s a little bit more careful and tame than the nastier ones that they have written before about Meghan .

  34. MikeC says:

    No one seems to have made the obvious point, she may have wanted the best agent, but I am sure the best agent thoroughly vetted Meghan before they signed.