Harry and Meghan ‘assumed Napoleon-worthy scorched Earth policy’, says critic
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be stuck in the US for the foreseeable future as they struggle to launch their careers, says an expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen a number of opportunities dry up in recent months after their Spotify deal was sensationally pulled and the pair are now rumoured to be scrabbling for more work.
It's even been claimed the pair have considered a royal return – but with their popularity dwindling and bridges burned with the Firm, royal commentator Daniela Elser reckons it might be too late.
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Writing for news.com.au, Elser said: "Given the Sussexes have not so much burned their bridges but assumed a Napoleon-worthy scorched earth policy of their own, they are now in this – and in the US – for the long term."
Elser pointed out the Sussexes seem to be losing public favour both in the US and the UK compared with their working royal counterparts, in particular Kate Middleton and Prince William – making a possible return to the fold an even more tricky prospect.
YouGov US polling from July found Harry's favourability in the States was a net 24 points with William just two points behind.
Kate stood out on net 35 while Meghan trailed behind at seven.
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Elser continued: "If Harry and Meghan are looking for a comforting bit of wisdom here, then they should just remind themselves of what King Charles once told long-established royal biographer Robert Jobson: 'Polls mean nothing to me. You see, I’m in it for the long term.'"
But it's not just in the popularity polls the Sussexes appear to be flailing.
Even younger audiences seem to view the couple unfavourably, with social media platform TikTok appearing to prefer the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Newsweek paired up with social media management platform Hootsuite to compare content made about the two sparring royal couples.
Sadly, the publication found Harry and Meghan "have bombed on TikTok".
While the platform's most popular videos about Kate and William focused on their recent trips to Wimbledon and their family outing to the Royal International Air Tattoo last month, it was a different story for the Sussexes.
The research found "anti-fan communities [are using] the platform to mock and criticise the couple" with many of the most popular clips about the couple centred on divorce speculation and conspiracy theories, or Harry's relationship with Princess Diana and the late Queen.
Things may now be looking up for Harry and Meghan, however – earlier this week it was reported the pair had bagged the film rights to the book Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune.
They look set to produce the film for Netflix, despite speculation the media titan was considering not renewing the couple's £79m deal when it ends in 2025.
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