Royal analysts believe that Meghan Markle's recent interview with Variety proves one thing: The Duchess of Sussex appears to be in charge.
The former American actress has been recognised as a Power of Women honoree by Variety. Her cover story, which had been delayed due to Queen Elizabeth II's demise, was finally revealed on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old described in the interview how she and husband Prince Harry share an office and work from home. The British prince never had a job in show business, but the duchess mentioned that filmmaker Liz Garbus is producing a documentary on their lives.
Even if it might not be how we would have portrayed the narrative, Markle said, "it's good to be able to trust someone with it - a seasoned director whose work I've long liked."
"But that isn't the reason we're informing you. Our narrative will be seen through their eyes since we trusted them with it. … After working on "Suits," I find it to be quite fantastic to be surrounded by so much creative energy and to observe how people can collaborate while still expressing their individual viewpoints. That has been a lot of fun."
Duncan Larcombe, a royal expert, told Fox News Digital The couple's brand is being led by Markle, as evidenced by her most recent interview, as they work to establish themselves in America.
According to appearances, Meghan appears to be the driving force behind the brand that she and Harry are establishing together, according to Larcombe. "Harry is either juggling outside, tending the chickens, or travelling on an open-top bus with James Corden while she is on the Zooms and doing important things while being filmed and recorded. We are witnessing the Meghan show in full force."
Larcombe continued, "Harry has done some significant things, and he [received] a lot of notoriety when he participated in the Invictus Games earlier this year for wounded veterans. "However, if he limits himself to lurking in the background like he did when Meghan gave her speech on stage in Manchester, it will mostly be about Meghan and less about Harry going forward. Aside from the fact that she occasionally drags him out to demonstrate that she is still related to the British royal family by marriage."
When Markle wed the British prince in 2018, she assumed the title Duchess of Sussex. Due to what they perceived as the British media's intrusions and prejudiced attitudes toward Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex started to step down from their royal obligations in 2020. Since then, when they began their new lives in California, they had agreements with Netflix and Spotify.
According to the way she presents herself, Meghan "seems to operate on a slightly separate realm," according to Larcombe. "What we witness is Meghan deliberately, precisely, and remarkably establishing a brand. Meghan is doing well. The number of listeners to her podcast is increasing. And publications like Variety obviously believe that Meghan sells. And if it is true, life on planet Meghan is wonderful."
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not employed as working royals, Larcombe cautioned that the palace is closely monitoring every interview they do.
Larcombe stated of Harry's father, "[King] Charles' basic operandi has been to pretty much try to disregard whatever stuff that's published and said about him." "On Meghan, though, I would be quite astonished if he weren't informed of every single interview and piece of promotional material because they have to.
"The royal family's name is on it. The reality that Meghan is capitalising on the brand that King Charles now largely controls is undeniable. He will therefore be watching, but it will be much more for business reasons. He won't want her to say anything that would harm the royal family's reputation, especially if he believes it to be completely wrong and unfair.
However, Larcombe added, "It's not because he wants to go cry and feel depressed and then go dig in the garden to cheer himself up. "It is a useful thing. There must be protection for family enterprise, and the next king will only put up with so much money-making by Meghan. It's encouraging to see that, in the wake of the queen's passing, she is restraining herself from what was starting to resemble an attack once more, another offensive."
The most recent interview, according to Kinsey Schofield, a royal specialist and host of the "To Di For Daily" podcast, is "another fantastic example of Meghan Markle's quest to dominate the narrative," according to Fox News Digital.
In particular, Schofield noted, "whether you read her response to the The Cut interview or her lack of enthusiasm for the forthcoming Netflix documentary." "She tends to frown upon it if she did not shape it or control the scenario."
Markle was informed by the source that some people thought her earlier interview with New York magazine was "snarky." In response, Markle said that the purpose of the piece was to "focus on our other projects" and to support her podcast "Archetypes."
She said, "I've had some time to think about it." "I have a part of me that is simply incredibly open and trusting; that's how I interact with the world. I have to keep in mind that I never want to lose that aspect of myself to cynicism. In spite of those things, then? Onward. I can get through it."
Markle's attempts to come off as approachable throughout the interview, such disclosing Harry's adoration for the American fast-food business In-N-Out, were "exaggerated," in Schofield's opinion.
She referred to their appearance as "as if they are blessing In-N-Out employees [in] a city that also contains Steven Spielberg and Brad Pitt." Despite having ample time to create a homage to Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan's support was empty.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their two kids, reside in Montecito, a seaside community in California.