Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could announce new book deal as royals ‘emulate’ Obamas

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussexes revealed last week they signed a deal with Spotify to produce and host podcasts for their charity Archewell. Earlier this year the royal couple also announced they had signed a deal with the streaming giant Netflix to produce a range of shows and series.

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl said it is likely now that the Sussexes will reveal a book announcement as their next big deal following in the footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Ms Nicholl told 9Honey: “The Obamas’ Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that’s exactly what we’re seeing.

“They are just emulating in each step of what they’re doing and that is because the Obamas’ model has worked.

“It’s high end, it’s aspirational, it sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it’s a successful business model.

“So why wouldn’t they look to that for inspiration? I think that’s exactly what they’ve done.”

The Obamas and the Sussexes have previously collaborated on projects including the US Invictus Games.

The pair also share the same US speakers agency, The Harry Walker Agency.

After the Obamas left the White House they also announced a Netflix deal with their company Higher Ground Productions and then a Spotify podcast deal.

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She added: “Whatever they do, it’s important to remember they are still bound by that pledge to the royal family, to uphold the values of the monarchy, to remain respectful of the monarchy whether or not they are working members of the institution.

“So I think self-help manuals, healthy living, wellness, that’s all likely genres the Duchess might want to dip her toe in.

“But I definitely think writing and a book deal is very possible indeed.”

Ms Nicholl also said she “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Sussexes had spoken to the Obamas about their next steps away from the Firm.

She added: “I’m sure there’s been some mentoring and possible guidance along the way

“But I think whether or not they’ve had conversations, it’s obvious in the way they’re working, Harry and Meghan are using this as a model for themselves, they’re using the Obamas’ business structure as a template.”

Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year.

The royal couple are currently living in the US with their baby son Archie.



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