A royal historian has called Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a “massive multi-million dollar machine” as the couple continue to expand their public image after their separation from the royal family. The Duchess of Sussex recently appeared on the Brightly Storytime channel on Youtube where she gave a reading of her children’s book The Bench. Prince Harry is also set to publish his memoir next fall, while the couple have reportedly signed a four-pound deal with Penguin Random House.
Dr Tessa Dunlop told the MailPlus Palace Confidential podcast: “This will continue as long as they continue, and I don’t think they intend to stop.
“It’s a massive, multi-million dollar machine, and the way it makes money is to generate attention from narrative stories.
“The more people lock their heads on their intentions and whether they are worthy or not, the more they are going to win.”
Meghan published her first children’s book on June 8, days after the couple welcomed their baby girl Lilibet.
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Originally written as a poem for Prince Harry on his first Father’s Day, The Bench is inspired by the relationship between a father and his young son.
Appearing to Brightly Storytime from her home in Montecito, the 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex said: “Today I am going to read you my book called The Bench with illustrator Christian Robinson … I asked him to do something special for me and use watercolors, which is not the medium normal in which he works, but he did it to make it even more special.
“I wrote this as a poem for my husband and our son Archie, then turned it into a book for you to enjoy too.”
Penguin Random House, who published The Bench, is the originator of the Brightly Storytime channel and regularly posts literary videos for young children.
It is currently written by JR Moehringer, who has previously profiled tennis ace Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
Penguin Random House has said it is “delighted” to publish the Duke’s memoir, and it is expected to arrive in libraries in late 2022 in audio, digital and print formats.
Following the announcement, a report was released by the Daily Mail claiming the Sussexes had signed a four-pound contract with the publishing giant.
Along with their literary endeavors, the Sussexes have signed an estimated £ 100million deal with Netflix and Spotify, which will see them produce a range of ‘informative’ and ‘uplifting’ content.
They also started their own non-profit foundation, Archewell, and became Impact Partners within the sustainable investment firm Ethic. They currently reside in Montecito, California with their two young children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana.