The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recently signed a series of mainstream deals with media giants like Netflix and Spotify worth millions of dollars. But Meghan and Harry are also reportedly looking for a year-long extension to their Megxit deal struck last year, which would see a way back to royal life open to them until March 2022. Palace sources have now rubbished the couple’s chances of getting back into the Firm in the wake of the deals.
Meghan and Harry’s deal with Netflix is believed to be worth around $100 million (£73 million), whereas their Spotify deal, which sees them recording exclusive podcasts, is worth an undisclosed amount.
One insider told the Daily Mail the deals with Netflix and Spotify, among others, were a “nail in the coffin” for a potential return to the Royal Family for Meghan and Harry.
They said: “It’s solely down to the choices they have made.
“There is no anger or animosity but every commercial deal that has been done by the Sussexes has been a nail in the coffin of any kind of return to royal life.”
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Another palace insider said to the outlet that while there is no anger towards the Sussexes from the Royal Family for their deals, they added they are “completely incompatible” with royal life.
They added: “The deals they have done since moving to California clearly show the truth of it: they simply had ambitions that were completely incompatible with being members of the Royal Family.
“It was their choice to leave and seek their fortunes elsewhere. No one exiled them. Indeed, the Queen made clear she didn’t want Harry and Meghan to go and that they are still very much-loved members of her family and have her support.
“Harry and Meghan are clearly where they want to be, and good luck to them. But their subsequent career choices have scuppered any chance of retaining even a quasi-official royal role.”
One more insider also touted the Sussex royals new Los Angeles home as an “unmistakable statement of intent on their behalf”, and suggested they don’t want to give up their new media deals.
After stepping down from the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry moved to Canada briefly before settling in California.
The couple moved into their Moneticito mansion, believed to be worth around £11 million, in July last year.
A spokesperson for the couple said at the time: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year. They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as them for a family.”
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The Sussexes caused controversy with their deals with the media giants, with royal commentators previously suggesting they should be stripped of their titles.
Piers Morgan, Good Morning Britain host, has frequently called on Queen Elizabeth II to strip the couples of their titles, and said this week: “I think they’re a pair of vapid little wastrels exploiting their royal titles for vast commercial gain whilst doing none of the duty that being a member of the Royal Family entails.
“It’s shameless, shameful & the Queen should stop them doing it by removing the titles.”
There are currently no known plans to strip the Sussexes of their titles, regardless of whether they carry on as working royals or not.
Meghan and Harry are set to have their status reviewed later this year, with the Duke of Sussex reportedly planning to fly back to the UK to hold talks face-to-face.
Royal insiders claim the Sussexes will hold talks with the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince William to review the terms of their Megxit deal before it expires on March 31.
They added the talks are likely to be “less confrontational” than the Sandringham summit in January last year.
But royal aides are likely to take a close look at Meghan and Harry’s media deals with Netflix and Spotify to ensure the align with “the values of Her Majesty”.