Prince Harry faces ‘pointless existence in exile’ if Archewell is unsuccessful


PRINCE HARRY could be looking at a “pointless existence in exile”, a royal commentator claimed, if his new venture Archewell does not work.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially cut ties with the Royal Family this month and declared they had no intention of returning to the Firm. The Queen subsequently stripped them of their royal patronages. This means that, aside from Harry’s place in the line of succession and their Sussex Dukedom, the pair have no formal obligations to the Crown.

Instead, Harry and Meghan are set to focus on their new venture Archewell, which has three branches: their Spotify podcast Archewell Audio, their Netflix programmes which will come under the name Archewell Productions and the humanitarian element, the Archewell Foundation.

However, a royal biographer speculated that Harry took a huge risk by moving away from the Firm so quickly and hightailing it to the US.

Commentator Hugo Vickers claimed: “He’s isolated from his family, the Army, his friends, the Commonwealth.

“It’s a pointless existence in self-exile.”

Mr Vickers was speaking to The Telegraph in December — since then, Harry has been pulled further away from the Army and the Commonwealth.

He had to hand back his role as President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust as well as his titles with the Royal Marines, RAF Honington and Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, despite how much these organisations are said to have meant to him.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be focusing on Archewell in their post-royal lives (Image: Getty)

Meghan and Harry

Meghan and Harry during a Spotify promotional video (Image: Spotify)

However, Harry and Meghan have certainly been proactive in establishing Archewell, and have hooked their livelihoods on this venture.

They have even rehired two aides from their now-defunct Sussex Royal Foundation, to work freelance for Archewell.

They have a new head of communications Christine Weil Schirmer in the US, formerly of Pinterest, and a new press secretary for the States, Catherine St Laurent.

She previously managed the profile of Melinda Gates, too, and is now the executive director of Archewell.

To manage their interests back in the UK, the Sussexes also have a PR head, James Holt.

As royal commentator Harry Mount noted in The Telegraph: “They are building up a mighty wage bill — reported to be well over £1million.

Harry and Meghan in Morocco 2019

Meghan and Harry have officially cut all their formal ties with the Royal Family (Image: Getty)

“On the payroll, they also have PAs, employees on their film and Archewell Audio productions and the domestic staff needed for the vast £11million California home they bought this summer.”

So far, the Sussexes have clearly been building up their new platform — but royal fans are eager to see what else they will produce aside from the ‘Holiday Special’ episode for their podcast.

Other commentators have agreed with Mr Vickers, and claimed that Archewell needs to be a success quite soon.

Writer Alex Webb claimed in Bloomberg that Harry and Meghan need their new podcast to be a success even more than Spotify does.

He said: “Spotify could readily ditch them if the data shows they’re no longer attracting listeners.”

He added: “If the Sussexes produce dross, their reinvention as media impresarios will peter out too.”

It’s worth pointing out that the Duke of Sussex recently hinted that he had never intended to completely remove himself from the Royal Family, which calls into question Mr Vickers’ assessment he was in “self-exile”.

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan had to give up their patronages with the QCT (Image: @queens_commonwealth_trust Instagram)

Prince Harry and James Corden

Prince Harry on the Late Late Show with James Corden (Image: The Late Late Show)

Harry told his friend James Corden on The Late late Show: “It was stepping back rather than stepping down.

“It was a really difficult environment, as I think a lot of people saw.”

Speaking last week, he also claimed: “But we never walked away — and as far as I’m concerned, what decisions are made on the side — I will never walk away.

“I will always be contributing — my life is public service — so whenever I am in the world, it is going to be the same thing.”

He also said that he and Meghan are aiming to “bring some compassion and try to make people happy and change the world in any small way we can”.

This chimes in with Archewell’s central message, ‘Compassion in Action’.

Meghan and Harry’s interview with TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey is also set to air next week.

The highly anticipated “intimate” conversation is the couple’s first joint interview since announcing their royal departure last year, and will have royal watchers all over the world on tenterhooks.


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