On Thursday, the website that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan created as a platform for their new business ventures in California went dark. Links to Meghan’s new podcast are gone, as are references to the couple’s philanthropic efforts and their production deal. Instead, the homepage featured a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Veiling a digital mourning website was a move in line with royal protocols, but also public opinion, even in the Southern California beach towns where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lived since stepping down. of their official roles in the Windsor. family hierarchy.
At Ye Old King’s Head, an English pub and gift shop near Santa Monica beach, news of the Queen’s death on Thursday had made the shop a meeting place for British expats and sentimental Americans, a said Dusty Kerr, a 65-year-old man. -old from Leeds, who has worked at the store for 23 years. “We miss her very much,” she said.
As people bought commemorative teapots and tea towels and drank toasts in memory of the Queen in the pub, there were many questions about the kind of King Charles, Kerr said, but she didn’t hear much talk about California’s most famous Brit. Expatriates.
“Nobody did any negativity today,” she said. “I haven’t really heard of it – it’s all about Elizabeth.”
It’s unclear whether the death of Elizabeth, aged 96, will do much to change the path Harry and Meghan have begun to chart for themselves in California. In his maiden address to the nation, King Charles III gave their choice his stamp of approval, saying: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas. .”
The couple live in the celebrity enclave of Montecito in a mansion reportedly bought for $14.65 million and started Archewell, a combination of nonprofit and for-profit ventures that aims to “liberate the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change”.
In a move that echoes the post-White House ambitions of Barack and Michelle Obama, the couple signed a multi-year, $100 million deal with Netflix to produce TV shows, movies and children’s programming. Meghan has launched a Spotify Archetypes podcast, featuring interviews with American celebrities such as Serena Williams, Mariah Carey and Mindy Kaling.
The duo are involved in several humanitarian organizations, including the Harry’s Invictus games, and speak out frequently on public issues. In November 2021, The New York Times reported that the couple were “getting into finance” and trying to make “sustainable investing mainstream”; Meghan called Republican senators on their personal cellphones to advocate for paid family leave, and was criticized for portraying herself as the ‘Duchess of Sussex’, and Harry, who had served alongside genuine pundits scholars in an Aspen Institute commission on information disorders, said he emailed then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on January 5, 2021 and “warned” him “that his platform allowed for a coup to be staged”. The couple’s Archewell website encourages readers to share their own personal stories and warns them to be “screen time aware” and not spend too much time online, a reference to their engagement with the “Time Well Spent” of Silicon Valley led by the Center. for human technology.
Throughout it all, the Sussexes’ mission has been aided by high-profile California friends such as Oprah, Tyler Perry and Serena Williams. The president of the NAACP, a prominent American civil rights group, sent them special condolences following Elizabeth’s passing, calling them “dear friends and allies in our fight for a fairer future”.
A closer look at the dynamics of the Windsor family and the role these two dissenting royals could play during the reign of Harry’s 73-year-old father Charles III is likely, especially given the planned release of the memoirs. of Harry, who should delve into the sequel. of Princess Diana’s death and Harry and Meghan’s life in the UK before they left for California.
If days gone by are any indication, reception of the Sussexes’ efforts may vary widely in the UK and in their new home, where Paris Hilton mourned the Queen’s death with a Tweeter calling her “the original boss”, accompanied by a broken heart emoji.
Over the past few weeks, The Cut has released a magazine profile of Meghan coinciding with the launch of her podcast, taking readers into family life in Montecito.
Meghan’s chart-topping interview and podcast interviews drew bitter criticism in the UK press and plenty of stares in the US, but didn’t stop Meghan from receiving ‘huge cheers’ during a later speech in England.
Jasmine Guillory, a New York Times bestselling author who has followed Meghan and Harry’s relationship, said that despite the criticism she has drawn, she has enjoyed The Cut’s profile and is delighted to see what Meghan will do next.
“I love that she’s creating her own story,” Guillory said. “A lot of people want her to back off and shut up and stay out of the spotlight, and that’s not what she wants, and that’s not what Harry wants either.”
Much of the recent criticism of Harry and Meghan has centered on the couple’s efforts to make money, “instead of the money they inherited going back to them,” Guillory said. “Meghan has always worked. She’s always had a job.
Katherine Fugate, the Los Angeles-based screenwriter of The Prince & Me, a 2004 romantic comedy starring Julia Stiles about an American woman who falls in love with a mischievous European prince, said media coverage after the death from the Queen had revealed an all-too-familiar double standard, in which Meghan was criticized for making the exact same decisions Kate had made without comment.
Like many around the world, she continued to find the couple “very inspiring”, in part because Prince Harry had become the real-life equivalent of the “prince in my story – he chose to follow love and disregard the rules written a thousand years ago”.
“They choose love, and they know what they’re getting into, and they chose it anyway,” Fugate said. “I see them as brave, and there are always people who are afraid of bravery.”
Guillory, whose 2019 novel Royal Holiday was inspired by the couple’s story, said she couldn’t help but hope for a reconciliation from the Windsor family for Harry and Meghan, perhaps one that will happen. pass away from the public eye.
“I’m a person who likes to write happy endings,” she said. ” I hope that [Harry’s] relations with his family are improving.