Meghan Markle married into the royal family in 2018. After Harry and Meghan stepped back as working members of the royal family, they continued to work in partnership, establishing Archewell and inking deals with Netflix and Spotify together. Professionally, for the most part, where there was one, there was the other. Now, it has come to light that Meghan has signed with powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME). However, Harry did not.
According to OK, Meghan is being advised that there is “no future” professionally with Harry and that, according to an advisor, she needs to break away from the colloquial “Brand Sussex.”
They feel that if Meghan does more on her own, she’ll have more opportunities to save her career,” a source said. By “save her career” they’re likely referring to bouncing back from the collapse of the $20 million Spotify deal she and Harry signed in 2020, which fell apart last month to much publicity.
“Meghan is distraught over this Spotify snub and the fallout that has followed,” the insider said. “It’s totally knocked her sideways. She can’t believe she’s been attacked so viciously and so publicly by one of their execs, and to be labeled ‘grifters’ is an utterly humiliating and gut-wrenching all-time low—it’s served as a brutal reality check that things really do need to change to save their popularity.”
It was noted that at WME, the lead agent on Meghan’s team is Ari Emanuel, and, as OK previously reported, Meghan is being advised to relaunch herself by rebranding herself professionally as her own person, not as one half of the Sussexes.
Offers for Meghan and Harry have been allegedly “pouring in,” and Meghan is “meticulously looking them over,” OK reports. Rumored projects include everything from the relaunch of Meghan’s popular blog “The Tig” to a memoir of her own to a career as a highly paid influencer. It seems Meghan will lean towards showbiz-type work, while Harry will focus on more humanitarian efforts; for his part, Harry will release his Netflix documentary, Heart of Invictus, next month, and is also rumored to be working on a solo documentary for Netflix about Africa. He also went solo for his memoir, Spare, which was a bestseller for Penguin Random House earlier this year.
“The agency will be focusing on building out her business ventures across multiple facets of the agency and its broader ecosystem, including film and television production, brand partnerships, and more,” WME wrote on its Instagram.