According to royal admirers, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have only themselves to blame because their “star appeal” has “died.”
The devastating judgement came just days after Netflix cancelled Pearl, the Duchess of Sussex’s planned animated film about a little girl who is inspired by notable women throughout history, when the streaming giant’s revenues plummeted.
In the meantime, their joint podcast Archewell Audio has only released a 35-minute Christmas special from 2020, making the Sussex’s £18 million arrangement with the audio app look like a bad deal for Spotify.
Many have interpreted Harry and Meghan’s streak of media blunders as proof that their capacity to garner large audiences is eroding after years of high-profile media scrutiny.
When asked if the Sussex’s “star appeal” was fading, one individual simply responded, “I can honestly say yes it has.”
“They didn’t have any’star power’ in the first place,” a second believed their behaviour since leaving The Firm was to blame. Public opinion has sunk, but that is due more to their behaviour than anything else.”
“Whatever ‘appeal’ they had was mainly due of their link to the Royal Family,” wrote another. That went with them when they left.”
“Meghan had no star appeal, Harry has obviously been harmed,” one stated of Prince Harry.
Last week, royal analyst Andrew Pierce told Palace Confidential that the cancellation of the Duchess of Sussex’s animated feature Pearl was a hint that Netflix had lost faith in the royal couple’s star power.
Pierce went on to say that Netflix’s choice was proof that the royal couple were “not the investment they thought they were.”
He went on to say that he believed the show would have been “extremely meaningful” to Meghan, whom he referred to as “the great woke warrior Queen.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been contacted by the Daily Star for comment.