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Royal commentator Daniela Elser said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “have a lot to prove” and are “fighting against the clock” after signing a multi-million pound deal with Netflix last year, as well as a lucrative agreement with Spotify. Ms Elser added that if Harry and Meghan “don’t want to be written off as a marketing gimmick” they will need to “prove they are worth the investment”.

She said that so far the couple, who are living in California after quitting royal duties, “haven’t exactly set Hollywood on fire”.

Writing for news.com.au, Ms Elser said: “The problem with this paradigm is that their entire money-making ability is pegged to their ability to generate good PR.

“Should interest in them wane, or public fatigue for the never-out-of-the-news duo set in, then their value could plummet.

“While Harry and Megan’s financial future might outwardly seem rosy thanks to their Netflix deal (and their estimated $33.5million Spotify deal) look closer and things aren’t quite so shiny.

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Meghan and Harry are under pressure to deliver on their deals, according to a royal expert (Image: GETTY)

“The Times has reported that, according to industry insiders, it is likely that their Netflix deal would be structured such that they receive a retainer of somewhere between $1.85million and $3.7million annually, and would then earn more as they release shows.

“Given their costs for security and their home in Montecito have been estimated at around $5.9million, they would need their productions to be smash hits.”

Ms Elser’s comments come as the Sussexes’ Archewell Productions company announced the second show from the Netflix deal the Sussexes signed last year.

Meghan is to executive produce a new animated programme called Pearl which tells the story of the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women from history.

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2.40am update: Mind your step! Prince Charles upbeat after treading cow manure – ‘I told him it was luck’

PRINCE CHARLES had an unfortunate misstep at the Great Yorkshire Show when he trod in cow manure.

The future King, 72, was preoccupied with conversation about South Devon cattle when he landed his foot in a rather pungent pile of fresh cow pat.

Cattle judge Anne Tully, from Brixham, Devon, reassured Charles afterwards.

“I told him that was luck, that’s what we always say,” she said.

The Duchess of Cornwall joined the Prince in Harrogate where they spent three hours touring the show.

One of the Prince’s many passions is organic farming and he was seen in high spirits as he inspected prize-winning cattle and sheep.

1.23am update: Mike Tindall raged ‘just what are you doing?’ as he pulled apart bloodied thugs at Wembley

MIKE TINDALL said he was glad his three children were not at Wembley Stadium with him on Sunday after he was forced to break up a fight.

Mike opened up about the mayhem caused by some England fans at Wembley Stadium on the night of the Euro 2020 final.

Speaking on the podcast he co-hosts, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, he confirmed a source’s claim he had to break up a fight between two England fans near him.

And he admitted this episode and the lack of care shown by some fans left him happy he and Zara did not bring Mia, Lena and Lucas along to the match.

12.18am update:  Tensions have eased!’ Kate and Meghan Markle ‘in a better place’ as royal feud winds down

KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle’s relationship is now in “a better place” as the Royal Family feud winds down, according to a US Weekly source.

The Royal Family feud between the Sussexes and Cambridges looks set to come to an end, according to a US Weekly source.

Royal commentator Mandie Decamp explained that the Duchess of Cambridge sent Meghan Markle a gift to celebrate the birth of her daughter Lilibet Diana – a potential olive branch after over a year of tensions between their husbands.

“They have absolutely turned a new page in their relationship and have started the healing.

“Everyone around them was thrilled to see how close they were on the day of the statue unveiling.”

10.43pm update: Meghan Markle’s Hollywood toil snubbed by Emmys as Oprah nominated

Meghan Markle’s Hollywood toil bore no Emmy Awards nomination, but her interview with Oprah Winfrey has been put forward for the accolade – perhaps the closest she will ever come.

The two-hour explosive interview with Ms Winfrey has been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category’.

Its place was confirmed earlier this week, with it up against ‘Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy’, and ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’.

The interview sent shockwaves around the world.

9.21pm update: Royal fans urged to design NEW emblem for Queen’s Jubilee

A competition has been launched, by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), to design the official emblem for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

On February 6 2022 the Queen will mark 70 years on the throne, the first British Monarch to achieve this accolade. 

Festivities to mark the occasion will take place between June 2-5, with the public granted an additional bank holiday.

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8.12pm update: Meghan Markle’s new Netflix show ‘won’t have audience’ as topic ‘too worthy’ for kids

MEGHAN Markle’s new Netflix show, codenamed “Pearl”, is unlikely to have a strong audience among its child target market as the topics it will cover are “too worthy”, a royal commentator explained.

Mail on Sunday Diary Editor Charlotte Griffiths blasted Meghan Markle’s new Netflix series “Pearl” as being “too worthy” following the announcement of the animated show being under development.

Ms Griffiths also looked at Meghan’s previous works and attacked her first children’s book, The Bench, as having such bad grammar that she did not want her two-year-old to read it.

The journalist delivered the damning conclusion that while kids have access to quasi-political and worthy books and work, they are ultimately unpopular as says “Pearl” will inevitably fall into that category.

7.06pm update: Meghan Markle’s Netflix show ‘Pearl’ branded ‘me, me, me’ as Duchess ‘alludes to herself’

Meghan Markle’s new Netflix animation venture codenamed “Pearl” was branded “Me, Me, Me” as a royal commentator revealed a hidden message in the name which is linked to the Duchess of Sussex.

Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden looked at Meghan Markle’s new Netflix animation series which will follow the story of a girl exploring famous women in history.

Filmmaker and husband to the Sussexes’ close friend Elton John, David Furnish, is also involved in the venture with some predicting Elton John may also lend a musical hand to the series. 

5.59pm update: Meghan Markle’s pal snubs Kate and William TWICE in apprent show of support to Duchess

Meghan Markle’s pal appeared to “snub” Kate Middleton and Prince William twice while attending the womens singles final at Wimbleson.

Actress Priyanka Chopra was sat just two rows behind of Kate and Prince William at Wimbledon but did not clap during their entrance.

She also reportedly “ignored” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they crossed paths. 

Meghan Markle has been friends with Priyanka since 2016 after meeting at an ELLE Women in Television dinner.

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Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: EXPRESS )

4.41pm update: Duke of Edinburgh title row explained – ‘Palace statement on Prince Edward not binding’

Prince Philip’s treasured Duke of Edinburgh title is meant to pass on to his son Prince Edward but the plan has recently been beset by rumours Prince Charles won’t hand on the title when he is king.

Express.co.uk asked a constitutional expert to explain what is likely to happen to the peerage.

Prince Philip became the Duke of Edinburgh shortly before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) in 1947. 

3.46pm update: Meghan and Harry ‘in hot water’ after Netflix deal angered Queen and Charles

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry found themselves “in hot water” after their Netflix deal reportedly angered Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

The Duchess of Sussex has created a new animated series for Netflix called ‘Pearl’.

Archewell Productions, the company formed by Harry and Meghan, said in a statement that the programme will centre on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history.

The series will be produced by Meghan, and she said in a statement that she is “thrilled that Archewell Productions…will bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Katie Harris

2.50pm update: Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview Emmy nod is ‘more bad news’ for royals

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Winfrey interview Emmy nomination is “more bad news” for the Royal Family, according to a royal expert.

Royal author Duncan Larcombe told OK! magazine: “The Emmys nod is more bad news for the royals.

“It means that as awards gain momentum, once again.”

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Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview Emmy nomination is “more bad news” for the Royal Family, according to a royal expert (Image: GETTY)

2.30pm update: Edward will become Duke of Edinburgh ‘by 2029’

Prince Charles will pass on the Duke of Edinburgh title to his youngest brother, according to the Queen’s former aide.

The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter wrote on Twitter: “That Prince Edward will become The Duke of Edinburgh in the next reign was his father’s and is his mother’s wishes and Prince Charles won’t go against those.

“It won’t happen immediately but by 2029, when Edwards turns 65, it will. Time for speculation, without substance, to cease.”

1.10pm update: William will ‘feel sick to pit of stomach’ over Harry and Meghan Emmy nod

Prince William will “feel sick to the pit of his stomach” over the nomination of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Winfrey interview for an Emmy Award, according to a royal expert.

Royal author Duncan Lacrombe told OK! magazine: “William will feel sick to the pit of his stomach at Harry and Meghan’s Emmys nod.

“The interview was an attack on his family and his wife and is now being heralded as one of the entertainment moments of the year.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial Oprah Winfrey interview aired in March (Image: GETTY)

1pm update: Mike admits he was glad Mia, Lena and Lucas were not at Wembley final amid chaos

Mike Tindall has said he was glad his three children were not at Wembley Stadium with him on Sunday after he was forced to break up a fight.

Mike opened up about the mayhem caused by some England fans at Wembley Stadium on the night of the Euro 2020 final.

Speaking on the podcast he co-hosts, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, he confirmed a source’s claim he had to break up a fight between two England fans near him.

12pm update: Meghan and Harry to snub Royal Family gatherings as ‘frostiness’ remains

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “unlikely” to spend quality family time with members of the Royal Family as improving relations does not seem to be “very high on anyone’s agenda”.

Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti said: “I would say that it’s perhaps unlikely that they’re going to be spending what we would think of as quality family time together at Christmas and New Years or birthdays.

“I mean just remember, the Queen hasn’t met her latest granddaughter, it doesn’t seem likely that she’s going to anytime soon.

“She’s barely seen Archie for quite a while. So again, on a human family level, forget them being the Royal Family, there’s already quite some frostiness and distance there.”

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Meghan and Harry are “unlikely” to spend quality family time with members of the Royal Family as improving relations does not seem to be “very high on anyone’s agenda” (Image: GETTY)

11.40am update: Meghan’s Netflix cartoon subtly ‘named after Duchess’ with Pearl title

Meghan Markle may have been inspired by “her own self” to create Archewell’s first animated series, fans of the Sussexes have argued.

The show will focus on a young girl’s “heroic adventure” and a few supporters of the Duchess of Sussex believe Meghan may have drawn inspiration from herself when creating the character of Pearl.

This theory stemmed from the fact that Meghan’s name means ‘pearl’.

10am update: Diana would be ‘obsessed’ with George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet

Princess Diana would have been thrilled to be a grandmother and would have been “obsessed” with her grandchildren, according to Sarah Ferguson.

The Duchess of York told People magazine: “She would be very proud of her sons and their wives.

“And she would be just like me, obsessed with her grandchildren. Because that’s what she loved.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s evening reception venue is set to open its doors to the public (Image: GETTY)

9.20am update: Meghan and Harry’s wedding reception venue to open to public

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s evening reception venue is set to open its doors to the public.

Frogmore House, which hosted 200 guests celebrating the union of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the evening of May 19, 2018, will be open to the public next year.

The Royal Collection Trust (RTC) announced the house and its surrounding gardens will be open to visitors on selected days between the spring and August 2022.

8.30am update: Lady Louise’s cute nickname for her grandma

The Queen’s youngest granddaughter has given Her Majesty one of the sweetest royal nicknames.

Lady Louise, Prince Edward’s eldest child, calls the Queen “grandmama”.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s daughter has a particularly close relationship with her “grandmama”.

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Prince William and Prince Harry are “unlikely” to be spending any “quality family time together”, a royal expert has said (Image: GETTY)

8.15am update: Sofia and Carl Philip share ‘summer greeting’ with newborn son

Sweden’s Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden have shared their first family photo with their youngest son, Prince Julian.

The Swedish royals beam as they posed with their three children – Prince Alexander, five, Prince Gabriel, three, and Prince Julian, who was born in March.

Carl Philip is the son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife Queen Silvia.

7.55am update: William and Harry ‘unlikely’ to spend ‘quality family time together’

Prince William and Prince Harry are “unlikely” to be spending any “quality family time together”, a royal expert has said.

Jonathan Sacerdoti told Us Weekly: “It’s perhaps unlikely that they’re going to be spending what we would think of as quality family time together at Christmas and New Years and birthdays.

“Just remember that the Queen hasn’t met her latest granddaughter. It doesn’t seem likely that she’s going to anytime soon. She’s barely seen Archie for quite a while.

“On a human family level, forgetting them being the royal family, there’s already quite some frostiness and distance there.

“So I suspect if things can go well, [then] maybe they’ll have the occasional meeting, but I don’t think it seems very high on anyone’s agenda.”

7.40am update: Diana would have been ‘very proud’ of Meghan and Kate

Princess Diana would be “very proud” of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, according to Sarah Ferguson.

The Duchess of York told People magazine: “If she were sitting with me right now, I know she would say, ‘I am so proud of both of my boys and the wonderful wives they have chosen’.

“Because each has got her own voice.”

7.30am update: Queen unlikely to see Archie ‘anytime soon’

The Queen is unlikely to see her great-grandchildren, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana, “anytime soon”, a royal expert has said.

Her Majesty has been unable to see either of her great-grandchildren in person due to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s isolation in the US.

However, Royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti has suggested the Queen will have to wait even longer to see either of the infants as Harry and Meghan are unlikely to spend any “quality family time” with other royals.





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