Meghan and Harry latest – Queen's ex top aide SAVAGES couple for US privacy dash while 'drip-feeding' info to the media

THE Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter has savaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's media manipulation.

The former top royal aide said it was "extraordinary" that the Duke and Duchess have courted so much media attention while living in the US despite supposedly fleeing the UK for privacy reasons.

Rather than living a quiet life in America, Harry and Meghan have raked in multi-million dollar deals to provide attention-seeking content for Spotify and Netflix while abandoning their royal duties in the UK.

Speaking to True Royalty TV's Royal Beat, the commentator and royal expert said: 'I find it extraordinary that two people who left basically because they felt press intrusion and yet in the past 12 months we've had nothing but drip-feeding the press about things that they're doing.'

It is believed the couple earned between $20 and $30 million for their Spotify exclusive podcast deal, and as much as $100 million to produce original video content for Netflix.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MEGGY CHRISTMAS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their long-awaited Christmas card, showing the pair posing with son Archie and two dogs.

    The Sussexes posed in front of a Wendy house in what could be their sprawling garden in their Montecito mansion, with a Christmas tree next to them

    The drawing shows Prince Harry, 36, holding Archie, 18-months-old, while a casually-dressed Meghan sits crossed-legged on the floor.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    OTHER ROYAL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

    We normally spend all of Christmas Eve telling the kids that they can't open any presents early – but after learning this fun fact about the Royal Family, we might just consider it.

    According to royal expert Robert Jobson, the Royals exchange their gifts as a nod to their German heritage – as Queen's Victoria's husband Albert started the tradition back after their wedding in 1841.

    He told the Express: "Royals have done it every year since. On Christmas Eve when all the clan are together, the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren put the finishing touches to the 20ft Christmas tree in the White Drawing Room.

    "Presents will be opened that day at tea time as the royals still keep to the German practice of opening their gifts on Christmas Eve."

    Instead of shoving them under the tree, the family are invited to lay their presents next to their name cards on a linen table cloth in the Red Drawing Room.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HEIR THIS

    Every family has their own unique Christmas traditions – whether that's opening all their presents at the crack of dawn or spending the entire day in matching festive PJs.

    In previous years, our family members usually rock up as when they feel like it on Christmas Day.

    But when you're a Royal, this all depends on your status in the family.

    Speaking to Wales Online in 2014, royal author Brian Hoey revealed that members of the family are given a specific time to arrive a week before the celebrations.

    He said: "Those family members who have been invited to spend the holiday with the Queen and Prince Philip are told by the Crown Equerry, who organises all transport, in what order they are to arrive at Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate, and at exactly what time.

    "Royal protocol being what it is, it’s all worked out according to precedence and seniority, with the most junior and least important arriving first and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge [and their children], the last to turn up."

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    KIM K'S POST TO INSTAGRAM

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    MEGSIP

    Reality TV queen Kim Kardashian has joined real-life royal Meghan to promote her vegan coffee brand.

    Kim, 40, threw her social media might behind Clevr Blends, the latte firm the Duchess of Sussex has invested in and which chat show host Oprah Winfrey has also backed.

    The reality star put a picture online of a hamper containing packets of the coffee.

    A source close to Kim said: “A product mention from her, just before Christmas, is better than most marketing campaigns you could ever devise.

    “Throw in Meghan Markle and Oprah and you’ve got three of the most famous female names on the planet supporting this brand.”

    Clevr Blends is based in California where Meghan, 39, and hubby Prince Harry, 36, now live.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE’S NET WORTH REVEALED

    According to Business Insider, Meghan has an estimated net worth of £3.8million ($5million) which she accumulated from her acting career.

    She starred in over 100 episodes of the legal drama Suits, where she was paid £40,463 ($50,000) per episode towards the end of her acting career, say reports.

    Meghan also earned around about £291,339 ($360,000) from her roles in the 2010 movies Remember Me and The Candidate.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY RELEASE THEIR CHRISTMAS CARD

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their long-awaited Christmas card, showing the pair posing with son Archie and two dogs.

    The Sussexes posed in front of a wendy house in what could be their sprawling garden in their Montecito mansion, with a Christmas tree next to them.

    The snap has an artistic twist, with the photo resembling a painting, showing Prince Harry, 36, holding Archie, one, while a casually-dressed Meghan sits crossed-legged on the floor.

    The pair released the card via charity Mayhew's Instagram, of which they are a patron, which says 'Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'.

  • Rebecca Flood

    A NEW PRINCESS DIANA STATUE WILL BE UNVEILED IN JULY

    A new statue of the late Princess Diana will be on view at Kensington Palace from next July on what would have been her 60th birthday, an official has said.

    Her sons, Princes William and Harry, commissioned a statue in honour of their mother – who died in a Paris car crash more than 20 years ago – to be erected outside the Duke of Cambridge's home at the palace.

    But, there has been a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Diana was killed when the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ‘MODELLING THEMSELVES ON THE OBAMAS’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "modelling themselves on the Obamas" and will release a tell-all book next, an expert has claimed.

    Speaking to 9Honey, royal expert Katie Nicholl says a book deal could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's next project after they signed deals with Spotify and Netflix – which were reportedly worth over £142m.

    She said: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing.

    Describing the Obama's brand as "high end" and "aspirational", the expert added: "It sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ‘INUNDATED WITH OFFERS TO TOUR NEW SPOTIFY PODCAST’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are being tapped up with offers from live agents about touring their new podcast.

    It would see the pair, who signed a £30million deal with Spotify this week, recording live sessions with an intimate audience.

    Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, confirmed the first episode from their Archewell Audio podcast would be festive themed when they announced the new venture on Tuesday.

    Insiders said the pair were now being lined up for the possibility of ticketed events – which would be charged at a premium.

    An insider said: “Live agents have been eyeing up Meghan and Harry’s new deal with great interest.

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE HAD ‘THE WORLD AS THEIR OYSTER’, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “had their world as their oyster” but “blew it” as Meghan wasn’t happy, says the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter. 

    Dickie spoke to True Royalty TV’s weekly programme The Royal Beat and said Prince Harry had “accepted his role” until Meghan came along. 

    Dickie told host Kate Thornton: “Their [Meghan and Harry’s] world was their oyster and they blew it. They literally blew it, they had everything [but] I don’t think everything was what Meghan wanted. 

    “Harry was the spare and the Cambridges are the heirs. 

    “He accepted his role, he was always born to that.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ‘PLAN TO RELEASE OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS CARD’

    Harry and Meghan plan to publish an official family Christmas photograph despite stepping down as working royals, it has been claimed.

    The Sussexes are set to reveal their annual snap and release a “holiday special” podcast.

    Omid Scobie, author of their biography, Finding Freedom, said: “There is this forthcoming Christmas card photo.

    "I believe it is on its way.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN AND HARRY REVEAL ARCHEWELL CHARITY FUND PLANS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed their charity, the Archewell Foundation, will fund food kitchens in disaster zones as its first major project.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their non-profit, which was set up eight months ago, has now joined forces with the World Central Kitchen which feeds people in disaster-stricken areas.

    The pair who stepped down from royal duties this year are now backing a series of Community Relief Centers for the charity founded in 2010 by Spanish celebrity chef José Andrés.

    They wrote in a statement: “The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect to our shared humanity. 

    “When we think about Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we’re reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing — and working tirelessly — to support each other.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE WILLIAM & PRINCE HARRY ‘EXCHANGE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS’

    William and Harry have exchanged presents in a sign the princes have agreed a Christmas truce.

    Harry and Meghan sent their gifts after visiting exclusive boutique shops near their home in Santa Barbara, California.

    The Duchess of Sussex used her calligraphy skills to personalise messages to George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two.

    The Cambridges have posted gifts to the couple and 17-month-old Archie.

    Royal writer Andrew Morton said: “Harry has sent presents to William and Kate and the calligraphy has been done by Meghan.

    "He plans to speak to his father and brother over Christmas.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN & PRINCE HARRY ARE SAID TO BE RAKING IN A FORTUNE WITH LUCRATIVE DEALS AND SPEECHES

    They have been footing their own bills since quitting the Royal Family and moving into their new £11million California home earlier this year.

    But if their recent mega-money media deals are anything to go by, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry certainly aren't struggling to make ends meet.

    It emerged this week that the couple have landed a £30million deal with Spotify for their own podcast – branded a "woke word salad" by listeners.

    One insider said: “The initial multi-year deal is worth in excess of £30million with a view to extending it within six months.”

    It comes on the back of a £112million Netflix deal – which led to Meghan being labelled the "new Kim Kardashian" – and a string of lucrative speaking events.

  • Rebecca Flood

    KATE & MEGHAN’S WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER ‘ON BRINK OF HOMELESSNESS’

    The mastermind behind Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's wedding dresses is said to be on the brink of homelessness after falling on hard times during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Chloe Savage was once a revered embroiderer who was responsible for the glittering finishing touches on both the Duchesses' wedding dresses – but now her trade has entirely dried up.

    Speaking to People Magazine, she said: "It's been horrific. We've had all our work literally dry up.

    "My 14-year-old daughter is skipping meals to save on the food budget. The stress is getting to her."

  • Justin Lawrence

    OPRAH AND KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS SUPPORTTO MEGHAN MARKLE'S VEGAN COFFEE START-UP

    Kim Kardashian has thrown her support behind Meghan Markle's vegan coffee startup investment.

    The reality star followed in Oprah Winfrey's footsteps by sharing a picture of a basket filled with expensive Clevr Blends coffee.

    In the social media post, Kim tagged designer pal Stacey Bendet's fashion brand Alice + Olivia and thanked it for the gift.

    Oprah gushed: "My new drink of choice for the morning and night. Wish I had @clevrblends sooner cause I would’ve added it to my Favourite Things list.

    This is just the latest gift for Kim, who has been swamped with presents over the Christmas period.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGHAN MARKLE BECOMES INVESTOR IN OAT MILK LATTE STARTUP

    Meghan Markle has invested in a start-up that makes instant oat-milk lattes.

    On Monday, Meghan announced she had invested in Clevr Blends, which describes itself as “the world’s first instant oat milk latte”.

    Meghan revealed the investment into the female-founded business in a statement shared with Fortune.

    She said: "This investment is in support of a passionate female entrepreneur who prioritises building community alongside her business.

    "I’m proud to invest in Hannah’s commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a product that I personally love and [that] has a holistic approach to wellness. I believe in her, and I believe in her company."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY PREPARE FOR 'MEGXIT' REVIEW

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's latest moves indicate that they are prepared to face the music as the Megxit review looms over them.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have struck numerous lucrative deals after stepping down as senior working members of the Royal Family.

    The couple' latest ventures, which include multi-million-dollar deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify, may have pushed the Queen to 'snapping point', according to royal expert Roya Nikkhah.

    Meghan and Harry, who stepped back from duties in March with an aim to become financially independent, have signed several lucrative deals in the US to turn their dream into reality.

    The couple's unexpected move, dubbed Megxit, saw them leave the palace in pursuit of a different path in the United States.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGHAN MARKLE GIVES TIPS TO HELP BRITS IN TIER 4 IN A SINCE DELETED BLOG POST

    Meghan Markle once wrote a blog entry in her now-defunct lifestyle blog that could serve Brits well now the coronavirus pandemic has plunged thousands into tier 4 restrictions.

    She shut down her blog, The Tig, when she got married to Prince Harry, but one of her blog posts emerged recently in light of the coronavirus lockdown.

    In the post, she described how to make you home feel like a holiday, or staycation.

    She wrote: "Run yourself an indulgently long and warm bath to soak in. Whatever your pleasure, give yourself all the creature comforts you would indulge in while on vacation.

    "We often forget the little gestures that hotels make when you are away. Be it spa water (with sliced cucumbers in it), extra cozy slippers, plush bathrobes, perfectly crisp and ironed sheets; all of these elements can make your humble abode feel like a boutique hotel."

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    'FEARLESS' MEGHAN AND HARRY SCORE LAWSUIT WIN AS ROYALS SET PRECEDENT TO 'SCARE OFF' MEDIA

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's "great win" in their latest lawsuit is setting a "precedent" for other news agencies, a royal commentator.

    The pair scored a "great win" with the settlement of a privacy lawsuit against paparazzi news agency, Splash News.

    The Sussexes filed the complaint about photos that were taken of the Duchess and her son Archie on a walk in a Vancouver Island park in January.

    HeirPod host Omid Scobie said: "The judge from a High Court heard from Meghan's solicitor who said that the photos of Meghan walking her dogs with Archie were taken during a private family outing and should never have seen the light of day.

    "So this is quite a win for the couple who have really been quite fearless when it comes to fighting for their own privacy."

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  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SET TO 'BREAK' ROYAL PROTOCOL WITH ROYAL SNAP

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have decided to go ahead and publish their official Christmas snap despite quitting as senior royals.

    Author of Finding Freedom Omid Scobie revealed: "There is this forthcoming Christmas card photo.

    "I believe it is on its way," he said while speaking on this week’s episode of his royal podcast Heirpod.

    The royal author said it was the season to 'indulge' in new royal pictures.

    "We've got them in, we're still waiting for the Sussexes' card, I believe it is on its way, we obviously had a real treat last year with that really cute photo of Archie," he told co-host Maggie Rulli.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGHAN MARKLE LEFT PRINCE WILLIAM IN 'FITS OF LAUGHTER' WITH FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS GIFT

    Meghan Markle reportedly had Prince William in fits of laughter with her first ever Christmas gift she brought him.

    The royal biographers of 'Finding Freedom,' revealed that she gifted the Prince with a spoon emblazoned with the words 'cereal killer,' much to his amusement.

    The authors of the book, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: "Meghan's biggest challenge was finding the perfect novelty gifts to amuse her new extended family.

    "At least one of her gifts was a huge hit—a spoon for William that had 'cereal killer' embossed on the shallow bowl end of the utensil."

    Meghan also gave the Queen a toy hamster, which she allegedly loved.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ACCUSED OF 'STUFFING' PRESS WITH CONTENT FOR PUBLICITY

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been under fire for shoving content in the press's face with every single deal they sign.

    After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their staggering Spotify deal, experts believe they are doing so as a result of wanting publicity.

    Speaking on the issue on True Royalty TV's Royal Beat, royal expert Dickie Arbiter said: "I find it extraordinary that two people who left basically because they felt press intrusion and yet in the past 12 months we've had nothing but drip-feeding the press about things that they're doing."

    Dan Wotton, who was also on the show replied: "It's hard to believe that Megxit happened this year.

    "The world has obviously gone through so much and also this couple has completely transformed."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY BLASTED BY CRITICS FOR RETAINING ROYAL TITLES

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have received backlash from critics who believe that they should no longer be using their royal titles.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex should free themselves of the burden and hand their titles back, as "they don't need them anyway," according to royal commentators.

    Speaking on Heir Heads, presenter Eve said: "I am very interested to see if they will be stripped of their titles or what I would hope they would do is to hand them back."

    Co-presenter Tom chimed in: "I think they've proved that they don't need them. While I don't like that they have to do things that other members of the royal family don't have to do.

    "I feel like it would be freeing for them and they would suddenly have even more avenues open to them and that chain they're kept on will be gone."

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