We’re still waiting to see what Finding Freedom, the authorized biography of Harry and Meghan, will reveal. But in the meantime, palace insiders are throwing shade on the Sussexes’ decision to hire themselves out as paid speakers.
Meghan and Harry for Hire
People broke the news that Harry and Meghan had signed on with a prestigious agency to pursue paid speaking engagements. The Sussexes will be repped by the Harry Walker Agency, joining Oprah, the Obamas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda among other high-profile clients.
“The couple will reportedly engage in keynote speeches with trade associations, corporations and community forums. They will also continue to focus on social issues such as racial injustice, gender equality, mental health and environmental concerns,” the magazine reported.
Tatler (you know, the magazine that ran the scandalous “Catherine the Great” article) claims that H&M Could be earning up to a million dollars per speech. However, the couple may choose to give speeches for charities they care about at a reduced or free rate. It’s also likely that they may end up donating some of their speaking fees to charity anyway.
Palace Insiders Are Not Impressed
Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, had some thoughts on Meghan and Harry’s new gig. An old-school Royalist, Seward told The Mirror that the Sussexes better be prepared to spill the tea. She doesn’t think that anyone wants to hear the couple’s thoughts on issues; instead, they’re hoping for Royal gossip.
‘No one wants to pay to hear them sounding off about gender equality and the environment. Harry and Meghan will really have to up their ante, and they will absolutely have to tell some stories about the Royal Family,” Seward stated.
That’s a bit of a stretch, isn’t it? Hundreds of thousands of people sought out Meghan’s graduation address video on YouTube.
What’s more likely is that the Sussexes will carefully choose their speaking engagements and do only a handful a year. They’re very aware that too much exposure will dilute their brand. Harry and Meghan are in a unique position. They’ll explore different ways to do good in the world–and, yes, make money.
Meanwhile, they’re continuing to do hands-on charity work in Los Angeles. The couple previously volunteered to deliver meals, and last week they helped cook it, too. They spent last Tuesday at Homeboy Industries. The charity helps former gang members get a fresh start.
The organization’s FeedHOPE program employs former gang members in a café and bakery that offers food to disadvantaged youth and the elderly.