The previous yr wasn’t precisely a banner one for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In January, Harry’s memoir, Spare, despatched shock waves throughout the pond, deepening the rift between the prince and members of the royal household. In May, the Sussexes had been accused of exaggerating claims they’d been concerned in a “close to catastrophic automotive chase” with the paparazzi in NYC, and in June, it was revealed Meghan’s short-lived podcast, “Archetypes,” had been canceled and the couple’s partnership with Spotify had been dissolved. An govt on the media firm labeled them “grifters.” They had been mocked on South Park and Family Guy as rumors of cash woes and marital stress picked up steam. Before the yr was out, they made one publication’s listing of 2023’s “greatest losers.”
But it appears like 2024 is already off to a higher begin. In mid-December, Harry noticed a landmark victory in one in all his cellphone hacking lawsuits in opposition to a group of British newspapers (he was awarded $180,000). Sources inform Us profitable affords have been flooding in for him and his spouse and that, regardless of being examined, their marriage is stronger than ever.
“Harry and Meghan are in extraordinarily excessive demand,” says one supply, noting that the duo are being courted for talking engagements, enterprise collaborations and leisure gigs. They’re additionally pondering of shifting from Montecito, California, to L.A. to get nearer to the motion in Hollywood. Adds a second supply: “Harry and Meghan suppose 2024 would be the yr of redemption.”
It’s an thrilling time for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. According to the second supply, Meghan’s staff has been turning down affords left and proper. “They’ve truly been shocked by how common she is,” says the supply. “Her staff has by no means seen something prefer it.” She has a few initiatives pending, and the supply says the Suits alum might also be engaged on a “large media deal.”
The second supply says Meghan is being approached about all the things from movie roles to multimillion-dollar endorsement offers with vogue and magnificence manufacturers. But her focus stays on philanthropy and giving again. Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, launched the Archewell Foundation in 2020 with a mission to facilitate cultural change; the supply says Meghan is at the moment “laser-focused” on the inspiration, and that “all the things she considers should fall in keeping with an Archewell initiative.” On December 11, the group introduced Meghan had debuted the Welcome Project, which helps “women-led programming for just lately resettled Afghan ladies.”
There’s additionally speak she’s resurrecting The Tig, the approach to life weblog she ran previous to marrying Harry in 2018. While the second supply maintains that conversations across the weblog are “ongoing,” the primary supply says the plan is to relaunch The Tig “larger and higher” than earlier than.
A return to appearing is a “by no means say by no means” risk, too, says the primary supply, particularly given the latest resurgence in recognition of Meghan’s long-running authorized drama, Suits, after it hit Netflix in July. Sources say there’s speak of a reunion much like the Friends particular that aired in 2021.
“Meghan’s been tight-lipped about probably revisiting the sequence, however there’s hope that if the timing is correct, one thing might be labored out,” says the primary supply. Adds the second: “Meghan would think about it. There have already been discussions.”
But, the supply provides, Meghan is at the moment “100% extra inquisitive about directing and being behind the digicam.” In 2020, she and Harry signed a cope with Netflix value a reported $100 million. So far, Archewell has produced the couple’s Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, and Harry’s Heart of Invictus sequence. This August, they acquired the rights to the bestseller Meet Me on the Lake and shall be adapting the romance novel for the streamer. “I can’t think about a extra excellent partnership,” the ebook’s writer, Carley Fortune, stated of the information.
Harry is simply as busy as his spouse with one other ebook on the horizon. He signed a four-book cope with Penguin Random House, the writer behind Spare, in 2021. “He nonetheless has a lot extra to say,” says the second supply, who clarifies that — regardless of Spare breaking first-day nonfiction gross sales information for the publishing firm — Harry isn’t inquisitive about writing one other tell-all.
“Harry and Meghan need to go in a totally different route. They’ve stated what they wanted to say with regard to the royals,” the second supply says. “They’re shifting on.”
They’re each being extremely selective about what they are saying sure to. “There’s this notion that Harry and Meghan have been snubbed within the leisure trade,” says the primary supply. “But the best way they see it, they’re selecting high quality over amount as a substitute of grabbing each alternative that comes their approach.”
They’ve taken the bumps within the highway in stride. “Harry and Meghan really feel like all the things with them is all the time blown out of proportion,” says the second supply. “They attempt to not let the noise have an effect on their lives.” If something, the criticism has solely introduced them nearer collectively, the supply provides: “They are stronger than ever.”
When they’re not working, they take pleasure in date nights at their $14 million Montecito dwelling and being hands-on mother and father to Archie, 4, and Lilibet, 2. “They attempt to not rely too closely on nannies,” says the primary supply. “Harry and Meghan spend loads of time outside, mountain climbing with the canines or kicking a soccer ball round with the youngsters. They additionally prefer to host dinner events on the home and simply sit back and binge-watch reveals.”
The couple shall be spending Christmas at dwelling in Montecito with associates and Meghan’s mother, Doria. “They’ll be cooking, enjoying video games and swapping items,” says the primary supply. “They have a robust time attempting to not spoil the youngsters an excessive amount of!” (During a latest occasion, Meghan advised the gang that regardless of son Archie’s pleas for a expensive digicam, he wouldn’t be getting costly images tools for Christmas.)
Meanwhile, over within the U.Okay., Kate and William will head to the royal household’s Sandringham nation property with their three children for some conventional festivities with King Charles III and the remainder of the clan.
As Us beforehand reported, Harry and Meghan reached out to King Charles to want him a glad birthday in mid-November, however sources say the connection between Harry and the opposite royals — together with Prince William and Princess Kate — stays strained. “There’s no communication,” says the second supply. According to the primary supply, Harry “was happy he linked together with his father, and he and Meghan need to have extra contact with the royal household as 2024 unfolds. They’re hoping issues heal with time.”