Meghan Markle news: Duchess and Harry have ‘no intention’ of stopping publishing deals | Royal | News
A royal historian has branded Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a “massive multi-million-dollar machine” as the couple continue to expand their public image following their split from the Royal Family. The Duchess of Sussex recently appeared on the Brightly Storytime channel on Youtube where she gave a reading of her children’s book The Bench. Prince Harry is also due to release his memoir next autumn, whilst the couple have reportedly signed a four-book deal with Penguin Random House.
Dr Tessa Dunlop told the MailPlus podcast Palace Confidential: “This is going to go on as long as they are going on, and I don’t think they have any intention of stopping.
“They are a massive, multi-million dollar machine, and the way it makes money is by generating narrative story attention.
“The longer people block heads about what their intentions are and whether they’re worthy or not, the more they’re going to make.”
Meghan published her first children’s book on June 8, a few days after the couple welcomed their baby daughter Lilibet.
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Originally written as a poem for Prince Harry on his first Father’s Day, The Bench is inspired by the relationship between a father and his young son.
Appearing on the Brightly Storytime from her home in Montecito, the 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex said: “Today I’m going to be read to you my book called The Bench with illustrator Christian Robinson…I asked him to do something special for me and use watercolours, which isn’t the normal medium he works in but he did it to make it extra special.
“I wrote this as a poem for my husband and our son Archie, and then turned it into a book so you could enjoy it too.”
Penguin Random House, who published The Bench, are behind the Brightly Storytime channel, and regularly post literary videos for young children.
It is currently being ghost-written by J. R. Moehringer, who has previously profiled tennis ace Andre Agassi and Nike’s co-founder Phil Knight.
Penguin Random House said they were “thrilled” to be publishing the Duke’s memoir, and it is expected to hit bookshelves in late 2022 in audio, digital and print formats.
Following the announcement, a report was made by the Daily Mail which alleged that the Sussexes had signed a four-book deal with the publishing giant.
Aside from their literary projects, the Sussexes have signed a deal worth an estimated £100million with Netflix and Spotify, which will see them produce a range of “informative” and “uplifting” content.
They have also launched their own non-profit foundation, Archewell, and have become Impact Partners at the sustainable investment company Ethic. They currently reside in Montecito, California, with their two young children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana.
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