As famed author and editor Tina Brown recounts in her new book about the British royal family, Meghan Markle saw marrying Prince Harry as a way to realize her ambition to become the next Angelina Jolie — a glamorous star whose side gig as a UN goodwill ambassador allows her to travel the world “in her halo, talking about hunger and refugees.”
In hindsight, it’s easy to see why Meghan’s royal experiment failed so spectacularly. As Brown explains in “The Palace Papers” and in interviews to promote the book, there is plenty of blame to go around. Brown also writes that Meghan and Harry’s part in their vexatious exit from royal life in 2020 has left both, but Meghan especially, in a precarious position.
The former TV star-turned aspiring global influencer doesn’t have a clear or authentic “brand,” or identity, of her own, Brown said in a Washington Post Live podcast about the couple’s move to California. That’s because she and Harry, who a palace aide once said shared “an addiction to drama,” have cut themselves off from one of the most powerful brands on Earth, “the royal brand.”
“I think they both completely underestimated what it was going to be like to be without the — you know — the palace…