Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘Petulant’ Reaction to King Was ‘Wrong’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “only currency is the fact that they’re royalty” so the couple not confirming whether or not they’re attending King Charles III’s coronation appears “really childish,” a PR skilled informed Newsweek.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that they’d acquired an e-mail from King Charles’ workplace however didn’t affirm whether or not they’ll attend the coronation held on May 6.

Their spokesperson mentioned on Sunday: “I can confirm the duke has recently received email correspondence from his majesty’s office regarding the coronation. An immediate decision on whether the duke and duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and King Charles
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, seen above on the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark, Netherlands on April 17, 2022, have been invited to the coronation by King Charles III (inset). They are but to verify whether or not they’ll attend.
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Edward Coram James, chief government of PR company Go Up, informed Newsweek: “The fact that they’ve been invited, but they’re not commenting on whether they’re going to go, reputationally, just makes them look really childish. It’s just another thing that they’ve done wrong.

“They may have simply been actually quiet about it and simply turned up. Instead, it is one thing that truly is a little bit of an olive department that is been prolonged to them and I do not know what their real response is however the optics are just a bit bit petulant and that is the way it comes throughout.”

Coram James said the couple should go to the coronation because their reputations are so heavily dependent on their connection to the monarchy.

“Their solely foreign money is the truth that they’re royalty. They’ve received nothing else. It might be that within the coming few years they’re going to construct a very sturdy repute as strong movie makers however that hasn’t but occurred,” he said.

“Their filmmaking thus far, the profitable stuff, has been scandal primarily based—it hasn’t been points primarily based. It hasn’t been some critical filmmaking, so they don’t seem to be but thought of critical filmmakers. So the one factor that’s holding them related and prevalent is being royal. Take that away from them and so they disappear in a short time into anonymity.

“I don’t see that they have an option but to go…if they just stop doing royal things then they stop being royal, and if they stop being royal then there goes their career and there goes their income stream and everything that comes along with it.”

Harry and Meghan’s initiatives thus far have been commercially profitable however the publicity blitz round their Netflix present and the prince’s memoir, Spare, appeared to shatter their reputation in America.

The duke dropped 48 factors whereas the duchess dropped 40 factors between December and February in polling by Redfield & Wilton for Newsweek. Both now have U.S. approval rankings within the negatives, which means they’re extra disliked than appreciated, with Harry at -10 and Meghan at -17.

Even earlier than the discharge of Spare, the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan prompted essential protection by media organizations which have historically not been hostile, akin to Variety, which ran the headline: “It’s Well Past Time for Harry and Meghan 2.0.”

The article argued: “Just when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would seem to be proving their enduring popularity, it’s the very thing any media company in business with them should be questioning.

“That’s as a result of some skepticism is warranted concerning whether or not they’ve lastly gone to the nicely one too many occasions with their oft-repeated story of mistreatment by the hands of England’s royal household.

“While the success of their Netflix docuseries demonstrates that the audience’s curiosity wasn’t sated by last year’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, how much more meat could possibly be left on this bone, especially once Harry’s own take, ‘Spare,’ arrives in print?”

Forbes, in the meantime, went with: “Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan’ Is Bad PR For Harry And Meghan.”

Since then, publicity surrounding the discharge of Spare was so prolific it prompted a South Park parody titled the “Worldwide Privacy Tour.”

Yet, after all of the publicity their the other way up royal fairy tale-gone-wrong acquired, Harry revisited his criticisms of Monarchy once more on Saturday, March 4, throughout a Q&A to advertise the ebook.

The prince steered he was an excellent candidate for the military as they recruit from damaged properties but in addition steered he was not asking for sympathy.

“Well, I certainly don’t see myself as a victim. I’m really grateful to be able to share my story in the hope it will help empower, encourage others,” he mentioned throughout the on-line interview organized by writer Penguin Random House. “And hopefully let people understand that again, back to the human experience, that we are in some shape or form all connected especially through trauma. But no, I do not and I have never looked for sympathy in this.”

Jack Royston is the chief royal correspondent at Newsweek, primarily based in London. You can discover him on Twitter at @jack_royston and skim his tales on Newsweek‘s The Royals Facebook web page.

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