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Where does poor Prince Harry fit into Meghan’s masterplan?
I fear the Duke of Sussex is out of his depth in California as his wife pursues an unknown agenda of her own

He’s done his bit. Provided the title, with the ongoing link in Archie.

This is giggle worthy though:

A source told Vanity Fair this week: “I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.”

Not even the most deluded corners of Hollywood would swallow that idea.

American lawyerese, not Meghan’s ego

That’s my, at least, reading of this:

The four-page ‘Virtual Event Request Form’ issued by The Harry Walker Agency (HWA), seen by The Telegraph, shows the lengths bookers will have to go to to secure an online audience with the Royals.
One of the conditions specified in the form is that it is up to the speakers to decide who introduces them and moderates any discussion with them.
“The choice of Introducer and Moderator will be at the final discretion of the Speaker,” it reads. “The Fee will need to be paid directly from the contracting organization’s account,” it adds.

Can’t imagine that Chelsea Clinton’s rider is any different.

This is not actually a flying start

But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have wasted little time in getting their new careers off to a flying start, according to industry sources.
The couple have been “quietly shopping an idea for a project around town”, the film and television trade magazine Variety has reported, saying the Sussexes are pitching as “joint producers”.
The Duke and Duchess took meetings with executives in June, it is claimed, for what is expected to be their first major commercial media project as they forge their new lives of “financial independence”.

Variety reported that numerous media companies have heard the Sussexes’ pitch, including NBCUniversal, where Bonnie Hammer, who cast Meghan Markle in Suits and became a friend, is chairman of content studios.

Pitching an idea is not financial independence nor the start of a career.

It’s pitching an idea, in the same sense of going to ask the bank manager for a loan.

It is understood that the Duchess does not intend to return to acting. Instead the couple are expected to produce the project,

And who thinks that’s going to work? It’s their image that’s being sold not their production skills. Therefore it needs to be their image they’re selling, right?

Seems appropriate

Juan Carlos’s departure — a decision taken to ease pressure on his son, King Felipe, and the Borbon family as anti-monarchist sentiment grew — came after Spanish and Swiss prosecutors launched investigations of allegations of bribes over a Saudi Arabian high-speed rail contract.


He is said to be the guest of the Fanjul family, wealthy Cuban-American friends who made their fortune in sugar plantations.

Well, not so much. They’ve made their fortune out of the American sugar tariff regime – the one that makes domestic sugar twice the price of world -, a regime they’ve been able to maintain over the decades by the delicate deployment of election funding.

Appropriate friends to have…..

This is long what I’ve thought

Harry and Meghan urgently need a lesson in the art of good PR


For a seasoned Hollywood actress, the Duchess of Sussex is not much good at PR. If the revelations in Finding Freedom, the new book about Harry and Meghan, are to be believed – and there’s every indication the Sussexes helped the authors – she has been her own PR woman before. The book alleges that, before her marriage, she set up “a paparazzi photo here and there” to boost her career….

Not that I devour such slebgossip you understand. But some of it manages to leak through into the rarefied levels of my usual reading.

And I’m convinced that she’s trying to run the PR herself. Sure, she’s got someone actually sending the emails, answering the phone. But she’s running strategy and tactics. And she’s not realised yet that the UK really is a different country, with it’s own version of civilisation and social mores and norms. Which is why the bleatings all sounds as if composed by someone with a tin ear.

What works – or might work, to be fair – for a B lister in the US just doesn’t for a potential A lister in the UK. Which is why it all isn’t working.

They need to hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Or, of course, shut up.

You quite probably did, yes love

Relaying how some courtiers believed the Sussexes departure was down to the Duchess, the authors say: “The media speculated that Meghan was behind the decision for the couple to step back, but few knew how much she sacrificed to try to make it work.

“As Meghan tearfully told a friend in March: ‘I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad’.”

The end of a career as a – at best – second rate actress. In exchange for…..

Umm, really?

In some ways, Kelly Preston’s most famous role was the one outside the movies: as John Travolta’s wife. They married in 1991 and became probably the most devotedly uxorious Hollywood couple since Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

There were slightly fewer bits of gossip about Newman’s interest in shirt tails, weren’t there?

Old woman shocker!

Julia Sawalha (born 9 September 1968)


Sawalha posted a statement on social media saying she was told a week ago that she was not wanted for the sequel. “The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds ‘too old’ and they want a younger actress to reprise the role.”

Amazing, innit? Old bird not plucked to play young bird. What is the world coming to?

But, but, but….

Eyebrows have been raised in Royal circles at suggestions Meghan has endured “hundreds of thousands of inaccurate articles about her” – with some questioning whether the Duchess understands the difference between untrue headlines and simply negative ones.

A negative headline about perfection such as she is a wrong one, obviously!

The answer perhaps lies buried in the legal papers. In one section, about the level of “wealth and privilege” the couple enjoyed in Britain, the Duchess’s team say their public funding was “relatively nominal,” with costs for their May 2018 wedding met by the Prince of Wales and paid security only for the protection of crowds.This “was far outweighed by the tourism revenue of over one billion pounds sterling that was generated from the royal wedding … which went directly to the public purse,” claim the legal documents, which do not quote a source for the figure. Republic, the anti-monarchy campaign group has described this as “complete fiction”.

Republic is right of course. The tourism revenue doesn’t go to the public purse, that goes to whoever is selling the tourism services. Further, it’s probably that there was no extra such revenue anyway. As there wasn’t for the Olympics. Sure, lots of people came to London for said Olympics, they spent money. And lots of other people avoided London because of the Olympics and didn’t spend money. The nett being around zero.

After all, how often do we see the streets and squares of London as howling wastelands devoid of tourists?

There has even been talk of Meghan running for the White House.

Now that’s funny.

Harry Matey

The Duke of Sussex has apologised to young people for their elders’ lack of progress in making “right the wrongs of the past”, saying institutional racism and unconscious bias must end now….

You’re not actually very good at this so stop, now, before you embarrass yourself further.

The Duchess of Sussex was left “undefended by the institution” while pregnant and a member of the Royal family, her legal team has said, as they claim her wedding brought £1billion in tourism to the UK….

It’s your wife’s character and soul that’s being objected to, not the colour of the skin on a rather fit bird.

Harry and Wossname

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked the organisers of an advertising boycott against Facebook “which brands they could help target” when they offered their support, a key figure behind the campaign has said.

Prince Harry and Meghan gave their support for the Stop Hate for Profit initiative last weekend, supporting the “urgent and pressing need for reform” and the call for “structural changes to the online world”.

It’s almost Snippesque in it’s desperate pursuit of being with the in crowd isn’t it?

Actual competence required

The commercial world is a little different from the slebs one. Actual competence is required. You know, the difference between the achievements of Jeff Bezos and the achievements of Winnie Mandela?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trademark application for their non-profit company has been rejected because they did not sign the paperwork and failed to pay the fee, according to a report.

OK, that’s just careless, but there’s more:

The notice reads: “The wording ‘providing a website featuring content relating to philanthropy, monetary giving, volunteer and career opportunities’ in International Class 35 is also indefinite and over-broad, and must be clarified to specify the nature of the content provided.”

Yes, how lovely, but what in buggery is it that you’re going to do? Which is what we need top know if you’re to get trademark protection, the thing you’re applying for.

Well, yes, sorta

In response to the row, Rowling published an essay in which she spoke of her first marriage to Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist.

He isHe is now a journalist. Back then he was a waiter.

I never met him but knew people who had as we lived in that same area a little after they’d – separately – moved on. Several who knew her too.

Odd how connections work really – JK has been supportive of Maya Forstater, who I did some work with on technical issues over Zambian copper exports. Nothing important here of course, just a small world thing.

Well, that refutes him then

Matt Lauer has accused Ronan Farrow of shoddy and biased journalism in his book Catch and Kill, which included a rape accusation against the former Today show host that Lauer claims is false.

Farrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer at the New Yorker, said Lauer “is just wrong”.

What else do we need to know?