Us Weekly: Prince Harry & Meghan are ‘rising above’ the negativity around them

This rarely happens these days: Us Weekly and People Magazine have basically the same cover story. This week, their cover stories are about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their business. Again, I think the Sussexes have been incredibly successful since they moved to America in March 2020. They’ve accomplished a lot so far, and they’ve done it all with an entire hate industry breathing down their necks and screaming about every single thing they do. But we can also acknowledge that it hasn’t been all smooth sailing, right? I hope even the Sussexes can acknowledge that everything about their Spotify deal was mishandled, especially in the aftermath of Spotify firing them. Again, I still say that their biggest issue is their comms: they need a seasoned and competent communications team with a real plan for how to push back on the wall-to-wall professional and personal negativity. Speaking of, Us Weekly’s story is mainly about how Harry & Meghan will not address the British media’s attempts to make “a Sussex divorce” into a thing.

A challenging time: It’s been a rough few months for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In May, the couple were embroiled in what their spokesperson described as a “near-catastrophic” car chase with paparazzi in NYC. In June, their multimillion-dollar Spotify deal came to an abrupt end. And on July 27, Harry faced a setback in his ongoing lawsuit against a British tabloid, as a U.K. judge threw out the prince’s claims that the outlet had hacked his voicemails. “It’s been a challenging time,” says one source in Us Weekly’s latest cover story.

United front: Still, despite rumors that all the stress is putting a strain on their relationship — including whispers across the pond of a possible divorce in the works — multiple insiders tell Us the Sussexes’ five-year marriage is weathering the storm. “They’re a united front,” says a second source of the spouses. “As far as they’re concerned, it’s Harry and Meghan against the world.”

They think they’re rising about it: According to the first source, continued public criticism has been the hardest pill for the couple to swallow. They were accused of exaggerating their May car chase, and when the Spotify announcement was made in June, Bill Simmons, the company’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, called the couple “grifters.” Soon after, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer said in an interview that Meghan “was not a great audio talent, or necessarily any kind of talent.” Notes the first source: “Harry and Meghan can’t keep track of the negative things people say about them. It’s relentless. They do their best to rise above it, but of course it gets to them — how could it not?”

They’ve managed not to turn on each other. “So much of Harry and Meghan’s time together has felt like overcoming strife from all sides,” says the second source. “They just do it together. They rely on each other for strength and always have.” When there’s tension at home, it’s over little things. “There’s not too much work right now for either of them, so that does cause some issues of feeling isolated,” shares the source, adding that Harry misses his friends in the U.K. “Back home, his summers were full of travel and weddings and exploring. Harry’s made friends in California, but they’re not like his London crew.” These days, continues the source, Harry and Meghan “are together 24/7.”

Harry remains estranged from Prince William & King Charles III. “They do not communicate often,” says the second source. And Harry’s current court battle — in that late-July ruling, the judge allowed Harry’s suit against News Group Newspapers for several other forms of illegal information-gathering to move forward — threatens to expose more dirty laundry from the palace. Adds the source: “William and Charles want Harry to stop unveiling family secrets.”

They’ve been keeping a low profile. “They go on hikes with the dogs, work out together and [hang out] in the garden with the kids,” says the first source, adding that the couple enjoys “regular” date nights at members-only spots like San Vicente Bungalows (where they were spotted in March) and Soho House.

They’re also busy plotting their next move. “Harry and Meghan are regrouping,” says the second source. “They want to figure out how they can best expand the entertainment side of things.” Meghan is thinking about reviving her lifestyle site, The Tig, which she shut down after getting engaged to Harry, and Harry will head to Africa soon for a Netflix documentary. They’re both set to travel to Germany for Harry’s Invictus Games in September, and they’re thinking about relocating again, this time to Malibu. (“They’re looking for a house there,” says the second source.)

They won’t address the divorce rumors. “Harry and Meghan believe that feeding into that false narrative only gives it more attention,” says the first source. “Sure, their relationship has challenges, but they are 100 percent committed to making their marriage work.”

[From Us Weekly]

“Harry and Meghan can’t keep track of the negative things people say about them. It’s relentless. They do their best to rise above it, but of course it gets to them — how could it not?” Again, they don’t have to keep track of the negativity if they would only hire a proper communications team and come to the table with a real strategy for how they will respond to things in real time. From the New York paparazzi chase to the Spotify mess, “rising above it” should not be the strategy. I’m not saying they need to respond to every little thing, especially when the British media is a constant farce of lies, smears and horses-t – but the problem is that they’re still playing by royal rules, like they think they’re taking the longer view and “never complaining, never explaining.” When you’ve got American media outlets, trade papers and American producers criticizing them, they need to do something other than “rise above it.”

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    I guess since Invictus is coming up soon the American rags want to get their Sussex money grab in too. I’m looking forward to seeing them together, these tabloids can kick rocks.

    • HennyO says:

      People, you do know that the rags and celeb mags have no ‘contacts close to Harry and Meghan’, don’t you? Their methods for these stories are as such:
      they ‘interview’ each other for their opinions, not facts, pretending to be ‘sources close to xxx, etc, etc,; they grap and reproduce the already produced speculative BS that their fellow rags/mags have published elsewhere, to repeat them as facts; they parrot all these lies on podcasts, in YouTube vids, etc.; and the simple make sh*t up. Then the cycle repeats itself. All and all; cheep, sensationalized, clickbait reporting, nothing to do with journalism. Why should H&M gif a d*mn or spend their money debunking most of these rubbish?

      By the way, stating that they have nothing at hand is a complete lie. WME said they have many projects in the working, i,e. Meghan is working to bring Architypes to another platform. Let’s keep to that official statement, not these kind of rubbish.

  2. Loretta says:

    Finally the Sussexes have raised their PR game, it was about time!

  3. Mary Pester says:

    This is such a shady article, it is just garbage, used to try and repeat every negative LIE and vitriolic little peice written about them. I refuse to even begin to entertain answering this dross.

    • Jegede says:


      It amplifies ALL the rumours, BS, and bilge, while using ‘sources’ to downplay them in small print.🙄🙄🙄

      Isn’t US Weekly basically In Touch now?

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Yes! It’s presented superficially as sympathetic to the Sussexes. Yet, when you read it, it’s just a rehash of all the smears. And it even makes it sound like there may actually be something to the divorce rumors. I am Team Kaiser on needing a comms strategy. NOW!

      • Ciotog says:

        Not even “sources close to the couple.” Just, you know, “sources.”

    • Denise says:

      I never thought I’d say this but they could use the robust PR strategies of Mamma Kris. The way that woman made the whole mess with Travis’ Astroworld deaths go away not to mention all the PR cleanup she’s doing for her daughters… Sussexes PR would be children’s play for her

      • sevenblue says:

        @Denise, Kris is successful because she is cooperating with Murdoch media. Harry is suing them. There is no way media will be helping them to put their positive story out there.

      • Amy Bee says:

        Nah, Kris’s PR strategy entails calling the paparazzi and cooperation with outlets such as TMZ and US Weekly, That’s a no go for Harry and Meghan.

  4. moderatelywealthy says:

    This was a weird piece in my opinion, like the american version of that britsh shade talk the tabloids do sometimes with Kkkate and Bulliam.

    For example, the whole ” they are together 24/7 ” is such a lie designed to feed into the ” Harry the hostage” myth.

    Harry has Harry business, Meghan has Meghan´s business and they both have shared business. He travels by himself all the time. She has meetings by herself. These people are nuts.

  5. Rapunzel says:

    “Again, they don’t have to keep track of the negativity if they would only hire a proper communications team and come to the table with a real strategy for how they will respond to things in real time.”

    Meh…. I don’t know if this is the answer. Like, the car chase thing- they responded in real time with a fantastic statement, imo. Nobody really cared. The media twisted every word to make them sound like liars/drama queens. It almost made things worse than if they’d said nothing and just filed a police report.

    I said it before but it bears repeating: this is a unique, unprecedented hate campaign. There is no strategy to combat it. The rules change all the time.

    Telling the Sussexes to get better coms is like telling a kicker who can’t hit moving goalposts to get a better coach.

    The Sussexes need to change the media before they can properly strategize– hence Harry’s lawsuits.

    I do think they can better promote projects, but even that gets twisted so IDK exactly what will work to improve their situation…other than certain media going under.

    • Dee(2) says:

      The media angle is something I wonder about too. I know tabloids in the UK operate in the red because the goal is to spread misinformation not to actually inform, but how successful are these soft focus gossip magazines in the US? A lot of them have to have incredibly decreased circulation numbers from the 80/90s heyday and a good portion have gone totally online as well. I have often commented that they basically reprint the Sun and the Express verbatim online, I wonder if they’re trying to emulate the UK press for clicks as well just for survival and if we’ll see any of the Sussex media focus move there at some point.

      • MsIam says:

        The US based ones are losing money too. I was wondering who owned People now because its changed hands several times. I guess the parent company is losing money so they made several publications digital only. People could go that way too. Other tabloids like Star are almost pamphlets nowadays instead of magazines. There are too many other free outlets for celebrity gossip.

    • Wannabefarmer says:

      I will forever look side-eye at ‘the view’ and whoopi goldberg hatefest against this couple. Declaring you cant have a car chase in Manhattan when it turns out Manhattan’s east side highway and the couple never claimed a high-speed chase.

      • May says:

        @wannabe, I was watching an old episode of Blue Bloods the other day and a vehicle going 85 mph on that very highway was mentioned. Didn’t Whoopie live in New York for a period of time? She knew. Whoopie has just been on the Meghan hate train for a while now, God knows why. And, you are right – they never said a high speed car chase. I think it was the New York mayor that first used that term. People were so quick to discount what the Sussexes’ PR person said. Call me crazy but it appeared like a concerted effort to make the Sussexes look foolish.

      • Sugarhere says:

        I hate The View and the Whoopi Goldberg team. They’re blind to everything of importance and should stop calling the shitshow that.

        Hiring a proper communication team will become necessary for Harry and Meghan, not at all to engage in some unproductive tit-for-tat with the British media’s exploitive and sadistic culture of vexatious manhunt, but to showcase their philanthropic work and release controlled information about their personal status – that will eventually expose the tabloids’ level of compulsive hatred.

        Opting for systematic positive communication in the face of hostility will pay off, especially because it will expose the contrast between the Sussexes’ constructive work discipline and self-presentation versus the media’s relentless, ungrounded lambasting.

        Although silence might have been a good thing for the Sussexes to recoup their strength, it is not viable in the long time run, especially because in 5-6 years from now, Archie will start asking questions. That’s why I believe that Meghan should allow herself minimal social media access with a no comment section, and the couple should hire a PR team with a mission to shame the enemy with an outpouring of kindness, meaning positive counter-communication.

      • bisynaptic says:

        @sugarhere, agreed.

    • Sunday says:

      Exactly, I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said, Rapunzel.

      The car chase is such a great example because that was a literal life-threatening event that had such clearly traumatic callbacks to Diana. The Sussexes put out official statements and the media ignored it in favor of fanning the flames of speculation and ridicule. That situation should show all the so-called supporters clamouring for a better media strategy that NOTHING the Sussexes do would be taken at face value. What would a “better media strategy” have called for in that situation? A press conference in Times Square? What do you think the media angle would have been then? “The Sussexes once again scream and whine that too many people are paying attention to them all while begging for your attention.”

      They simply cannot win because they’re embroiled in a targeted hate campaign, and that campaign has shown the other apathetic media vultures exactly how to maximize those clicks by questioning literally everything Harry and Meghan do or say. The other problem is the same exact thing that plagues the US media with Trump. If they have well-placed sources close to Trump (or Prince William), and those sources tell them something, they publish it as gospel without regard to whether that source or their principle is a huge f*cking liar with an ulterior motive. This journalistic laziness and lack of due diligence that prioritizes the 24/7 media cycle instead of the truth touches every aspect of the media landscape. It’s an incredibly complicated situation to be in, and having a different comms team so we can gossip about email updates or instagram posts would just feed the beast even more. Their charities are funded, their projects are successful, what more do we want from them?

  6. Brit says:

    Us weekly can kick rocks and especially that weekly royal show they have too. They want don’t negativity but want Harry and Meghan to stop being “negative” and focus on their work but that show consistently talks about drama.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    These quotes are even more dubious than People’s especially this one:

    “There’s not too much work right now for either of them, so that does cause some issues of feeling isolated,” shares the source, adding that Harry misses his friends in the U.K. “Back home, his summers were full of travel and weddings and exploring. Harry’s made friends in California, but they’re not like his London crew.”

    It repeats rumours of a documentary in Africa and Meghan reviving of the Tig. If they don’t have not much work then these rumours are not true. But these two magazines doing stories on Meghan and Harry tells me that there is going to be announcement about their work soon.

    • Tessa says:

      Some of the UK friends are team William. They were not imo really Harry’s friends to begin with.

    • MsIam says:

      I had to laugh at the not much work line. Yes Harry is only working on a global sporting event, practicing for a polo match overseas, has a documentary coming out, has 50-11 court cases, so yeah not much. And who knows what Meghan has going on, I’m guessing she has her own projects in addition to helping Harry. So yeah they are just sitting around looking at each

  8. I think that they will not be pushed into doing something they don’t feel is necessary. They know what the feel for one another and how they are doing and I think they can care less about the crap that is written about them. I’m sure they wish crap wasn’t written about them but these two are just fine and at the end of the day they don’t have to tell anybody about their marriage we can see with our own eyes when they are together that they are happy.

  9. Maxine Branch says:

    When we resort to using @People Magazine and @Us, we are showing our desperation for Sussex content. US magazine and People Magazine are known royalist sycophants.

  10. Wannabefarmer says:

    Spotify fired them???

    • Amy Bee says:

      This is new information to me.

    • sevenblue says:

      That’s a tabloid talking-point. When you report a lie so many times, it seems like a fact. From the tantrums of that Spotify guy, I assume Harry & Meghan didn’t want to continue working with them. Why would any boss curse the unwanted employee for leaving? Almost every episode Meghan made was hot topic on shows, articles. The company keeping Joe rogan because of ratings wouldn’t let someone like Meghan go. We all know what happens when a woman (especially a black woman) says no to a man. They just talk shit about you.

  11. MsIam says:

    Le sigh. Another day, another load of b.s. And again, the Sussexes success will speak for itself. The right wing hate media does not, no matter how glossy the pages.

  12. Jane B says:

    Having two small children and working together and coping with global scale cruelty and needing huge amounts of money to pay for security annually – that’s more than I could handle.

  13. Hail says:

    Did this US Weekly article also mention the fact that the BS “divorce” rumors were conjured up by a “woman” who claims Meghan was born intersex and that Meghan is lying about being sexually assaulted by Thomas Markle? The same “woman” who also claims that Meghan’s children aren’t hers and they’re dolls? If not they can keep this BS article made of fake sources and guesses.

    • sue123 says:

      Ugh. Whole article reminds me of the Royals Forum over at Primetimer. A few valiant people trying to post positive things about H&M but being totally drowned out in a sea of hate. May as well be a reddit forum now. Anyway there or with these mags I guess hate is what sells, sadly. Even when they try to dress it up it’s still just another rundown on every negative thing they can think of to say.

    • Tamra says:

      I’m waiting for the story that she was beamed up, into a UFO and impregnated by aliens, both times! LOL

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      “… and that Meghan is lying about being sexually assaulted by Thomas Markle?”

      WAIT, WHAT?!?

      • Hail says:

        Oh yes! This deranged “woman” and “her” followers think Meghan is going to expose Thomas Markle for sexually assaulting her as a child so she can look like a sexual assault victim despite Meghan always praising her father even to this day for giving her a good childhood. Btw this is the same “woman” who called Prince Andrew’s victims “prostitutes” so that’s really all you need to know about “her” views on assault and violence towards women. Thomas Markle being close to this “woman” and even being invited to “her” house for the jubilee really makes me question what this toxic man did to Meg as a child for this deranged “woman” to make such claims.

      • MsIam says:

        If Meghan and Harry decided to sue someone, it should be that evil person. She went after Harry’s mother the same way. If anyone ever need a pile of hot coals heaped on her head its that one.

  14. Chaine says:

    “Back home, his summers were full of travel and weddings and exploring”—sure they were, when he was a young single guy with young just-getting-married friends. He is a dad now, married, and pushing 40. Even if he was “back home” his summer activities would not be the same as it was ten years ago. I think everyone but the tabloid news media realizes this.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Before he met Meghan and not on military duty he spent his summers in Africa because he couldn’t stand being in the UK.

      • Wannabefarmer says:

        Exactly! Again this is gaslighting and infantilizing this couple. How many times does Harry have to say he hated the UK, he’d rather be in a war zone than home- and it be b/c of the dirty rags.

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    • Em says:

      Also there’s nothing stopping him from traveling or exploring

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, he was doing a lot of exploring and weddings…in Afghanistan.

      • Christine says:

        The British media needs to Google what a dude bro is, because they all have Harry fully stuck in another decade of life, that he was never in to begin with.

        Most almost 40s are out of the weddings and stag parties stage of life, look at anyone other than Cannot or Willnot for what this age actually looks like, for adults.

    • Angie says:

      Do these idiots know how demanding toddlers are? I bet every time he leaves for long trips the two little ones miss him dearly. He and Meghan seem to be really hands on with their children. People grow up and do things with their family. I can imagine when you are a high profile couple your time is immensely valuable. These people need to get a grip.

  15. Becks1 says:

    Okay, this article just crosses the line into laughable territory for me. Neither Harry nor Meghan are working that much right now? I don’t think anyone believes that either of those two are spending their days lounging about, eating bon bons and watching Suits reruns on Netflix. (is it still a rerun if its on Netflix?)

    I will say that’s a really good picture of Harry on the cover.

    • Jais says:

      One thing I said yesterday is that regardless of what’s being written in these articles, the photos show a ridiculously beautiful couple that appear lock-step and protective.

    • Snuffles says:

      Exactly. Less than a month until the Invictus Games and they’re going to say they’ve got nothing going on!? That right there telegraphed that the entire article is BS.

      That said, that’s one sexy ginger of a man! 😛

      • Becks1 says:

        You know who doesn’t have anything going on? The Waleses, lol.

      • HeatherC says:

        Well, the Wails are on vacation. After Baldemort served a couple of burgers and OfWilliam did…whatever….the poor poppets are just exhausted.

      • Becks1 says:

        You know, now that I think about it, she did have to attend Wimbledon, after all. You’re right HeatherC, just exhausted, lol.

      • Nic919 says:

        The burger video was filmed last month too. They have both disappeared since Wimbledon.

        Meanwhile charles and Camilla have done engagements in Scotland.

  16. Jais says:

    What I’m seeing is a subtle but very real and concerted effort to make it appear as if there is tension and divisions within the Sussex marriage. Interesting and convenient for a certain couple across the pond. A certain couple who is known to contact papers for pr propaganda. This just feels like another angle of that pr to indirectly prop up the heir couple and misdirect from their actual marriage issues.

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      This. It’s so strange, because there’s a lot of noise around this ever since Spare came out. But it doesn’t seem to be based on anything. Unlike W&K, M&H seem very much like a couple in love. They have weathered the storm (of leaving the RF and all that) and obviously seem to enjoy each other’s company. W&K don’t look nearly as happy. But nobody talks about that. It’s strange. Projection. Harry said in his court case and his book that the media was always trying to break up his relationships, and we can see this in real time now. I can’t imagine how strange it must be to be so famous that the entire world speculates non-stop on the state of your relationships.

    • MipMip says:

      There has been a very real and persistent push over the last six months to associate the Sussexes with divorce, despite logic or evidence. I’m curious who is driving that association. It’s either the BM, BP, KP or all of the above but I wonder which is the main driver of the Sussex divorce drivel.

      Tinfoil tiara tangent… We all know something shifted with the Wails marriage back in 2020/2021. I think that’s their real separation date. I think that since that time Williot has been loudly and incandescently demanding a divorce behind palace walls. But the queen’s ailing health, then death, Chuck’s silly hat party and the year-long mourning period meant they have had to play happy families during that time (and did it badly).

      Something was very wrong with Carole and Kate at the coronation and it wasn’t the PP bankruptcy. Carole’s face looked rough. I think William, Chuck or- more likely- some courtier sat them down the night before and told them that it was over and gave them a firm date for the divorce announcement. Carole has been running these crazed embiggening campaigns for the last two years and the desperation has seemed palpable at times (Diana statue unveiling). Being in limbo probably drove her batty. Her face looked like a mask that day.

      September 8th will the end of the one-year mourning period for the queen. I think the divorce announcement will come VERY shortly after. Someone else on here predicted an announcement right before or during Invictus which starts September 9th and that makes a lot of sense. Wills would like nothing more than to officially be shot of Kate AND to steal the spotlight from his brother. It would be his greatest achievement.

      Back to the Sussex divorce projection: Is it just the BM and BP yanking Will’s chain? Or is KP feeding the media sources in order to buy time before a Wails announcement? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Dan Rotten is holding evidence of the separation/divorce/affair over William’s bald head.

      • Nic919 says:

        The separation happened when William moved to wood farm at Sandringham and the zoom room changed for no reason despite there still being lockdown in the UK. There needs to be one year of living apart for a separation to considered valid in the Uk and I think that spring 2021 is when that started. The talk of needing to moving ramped up not long after that, especially once the lockdown restrictions were raised and William couldn’t hide that he wasn’t living with kate as easily. Autumn 2021 is really when restrictions loosened and the talk of moving sparked.

  17. Tan says:

    If I wanted losers’ opinions on their project jealousy and conspiracy theories I’d just camp at Samantha and the British rags door and get my fill. US weekly should just stick to sucking up to the Cams for clicks

  18. Chelsea says:

    Saying that neither of them has anything to work on and then mentioning that the Invictus Games is literally next month is such a hilarious contradiction. Harry is always heavily involved close to IG launch dates and it’s been said in the German press that Meghan will have formal role in the closing ceremony plus Heart Of Invictus will probably be released in the next few weeks(though I’m curious how promotion for this will look given the strikes).

    I also wouldn’t put any weight in a publication that mentions the phone hacking part of Harry’s lawsuit being thrown out without mentioning that his illegal information gathering claims from that lawsuit were approved to go trial-especially when they try to wrap it up as a negative thing for him. I think the US tabloids have decided to do these covers because Meghan’s birthday is tomorrow and they probably got a heads up that they’d be more public this week.

  19. MSTJ says:

    Haha!!! The sources!!! This reads like something Vicky Arbiter, her dad, Richard Fitz Williams and Ingrid Seward put together. I don’t believe the Sussexes speak through anonymous “source”. 🤷‍♀️

    My support for the Sussexes rest on them continuing to be financially independent from the toxic royal mafia and mentally and physically well. May they live long and thrive.

    Whether the Sussexes stay silent or make appearances while the media or naysayers in rest of the world peddle fictitious narrative about them, I’ll continue to support them and trust that they have the love and support of close family and friends to lean on in their times of need. 🤗

    An individual who leaves a cult that has a system which is able to work to globally destroy you, your wife and family isn’t something I could ever imagine overcoming. Kudos to Harry and Meghan for taking such a monumental path towards a life away from a toxic institution. I pray for their continued financial independence and wellbeing. 🙏

  20. Inge says:

    They weren’t fired from Spotify, it was a mutual decision.

  21. Pray says:

    Is there anyone that can do actual analysis on Harry and Meghan that doesn’t involve misinformation and lies? I don’t get it and unfortunately I feel like this is just how it will be especially for Meghan the rest of her life. I sorry but how miserable does that sound? She is forever the villain in this story even when she’s silent.
    If you’re reading celeb gossip there’s a heaviness around Harry and Meghan news right now and it feels like it’s suffocating all life and joy away from them or fans. But if you’re away from it as my friend is she’s just happily enjoying suits.
    I don’t know what the solution is but I’m really rooting they find it! At some point something has to change. No one can live under this level of harassment and not break. Lilly Allen was just talking about what she went through. Really praying for them.

  22. GDubslady says:

    Ridiculous. H and M are extremely successful. They weren’t fired from Spotify. They left. Spare’s record sales. Meghan’s Archetypes beat out Joe Rogan as number one show. The only bump may have been the NY paparazzi chase but that was a planned attack. The Sussexes are facing extremely hostile even violent forces from UK, a US ally but its all coming from William and people willing to do his bidding. He is emotionally stunted, psychologically damaged human being and will only be satisfied with a defeated Harry underfoot and Meghan gone or dead. Unfortunately UK’s identity is tied to the flailing royals who just can’t deal with a happy, financially independent Harry or cover over their drama since QE2s passing. The UK freakout continues almost 4 years after the Sussexes departure. How they a sustain that level of animosity is a wonder.

    • bisynaptic says:

      It’s not just William, or even Camilla/Charles. At this point, all the tabloid magnates have a tremendous motive to quash the Sussexes.

  23. Tessa says:

    They don’t spread negativity. The UK media does as well as the spin doctors for charles and William imo. This has been going on for years . All the fake stories about them are infuriating.

  24. Cate says:

    On the one hand I agree, their comms could be better. On the other hand, I think about stuff like how Meghan really played the long game with that letter she wrote her father, and how it’s clear that although they have spilled a lot of tea on the BRF they still have receipts, etc. that have not been made public…I think they’re pretty canny and there’s a decent chance they have something similar going on here with the way they aren’t pushing back on/responding to these stories in real time. Like with Spotify, maybe they have some better podcasting deal in the works and are just keeping mum until the final details are sorted, or maybe they know something we don’t about Spotify and when that info becomes public the whole situation will look very different. I think also that their disinclination to respond to everything is obviously heightening the tabloids obsession with them and although the coverage is not flattering I’m sure it also helps them negotiate deals etc….like wouldn’t you rather ink a deal with someone notorious and reviled than a nobody? As it sounds like they’re both actually pleasant people who are easy to work with, I can see how this might actually be a dream situation for some executive on the other side of the table: free press about “drama queen Meghan” but no actual drama queen behavior to deal with.

  25. Julianna Ciano says:

    This article was obviously full of BS. As others have mentioned, the first give away was them not having much to do… and of course “sources’.

    Im undecided on this but maybe they literally need to start working with certain publications consistently to promote theirselves, correct lies etc. Maybe some lesser known publications and then in return it would give them a bigger platform. I feel like they need at least several and they need to be completely consistent with them. Im not saying they need to lay in bed with them like the royals do, not even close but they need to start forming a closer relationship with some and work from there. They could use them to promote their causes like this one. For example, they could have their media publications they work with drop the article and then release their video. Things like that…

    I dunno. Until the press changes and companies like Murdoch are sacked I feel like they need some of them (of their choosing) at this point.

  26. Saucy&Sassy says:

    This is all conjecture and a repeat of all of the negative talking points from the UK bm. Aren’t people getting burned out from this stuff? That’s what it seems to me, because the tabloid media just repeat this crap. I think at some point they’ll reach a saturation point and have to figure something else out to save their tabloids.

    I don’t think it’s necessary to respond, e.g., to the Spotify exec. Instead, there was an article talking to other agents who were not complimentary. That’s how you want it done. The question I have is how big of a hit did Spotify take?

  27. Catherine says:

    The purpose of the People magazine and this US magazine article is to amplify the BS rumors about their marriage and push misinformation while seeming to be fair. They overplayed their hand with the they are already separated story line. So now they are taking a different approach. They also want to make it seem as of the Sussexes are responding to the rumors. The haters hate the fact that the Sussexes don’t play the game with them. Because that would legitimize them. That’s why I am so against this notion that the Sussexes need to changed their comms strategies. That what the media wants. To force them to engage more with them. Yesterday a two minute video got global coverage. And the vast majority of was focused on the project itself. That’s the point. The last time there was coordination between People and Us like this was in 2018 when Meghan was being smeared. They both had cover stories that were surface fair but were completely shaded toward amplifying the smears toward Meghan. They haven’t succeeded in destroying the Sussexes so they are trying desperately to simply create the reality that they want to exist. The Sussexes are rising above. To the individuals and organizations they work with that is what matters.

    • Nic919 says:

      Divorce talk in montecito is to cover for the separated William and Kate. Both People and Us work with the Middletons and that’s why this bs is happening . They just don’t make it as negative because an American audience won’t read it.

      FYI the last two appearances of H and M including at the restaurant in montecito tonight show the opposite of a couple getting a divorce.

      Meanwhile kate hasn’t shown her face in weeks and William had a video from last month released. No candid shots of those two as a couple in literal years.