Meghan Markle launched a US media blitz last week with a podcast and a lengthy magazine profile, but the somewhat cool reception she and husband Prince Harry are now receiving in America suggests there are still bumps in their road ahead as they seek to establish themselves as bona fide celebrities.
The push came with an interview in New York magazine’s the Cut, titled “Meghan of Montecito”, and it touted the launch of Markle’s Spotify podcast Archetypes.
Meghan has had no trouble attracting A-list names to sit down with her in the interview series. First up was retiring tennis legend Serena Williams. Second, singer Mariah Carey. The women discussed living under the pressure of the public eye, their racial identities and more.
But for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the US media response, which has been relatively neutral to date in the US, came with some barbs of criticism of the way Meghan highlighted her experiences of royal life in Britain. She had, as the Cut noted, “taken a hardship and turned it into content”. Last year the New Yorker warned that the royal couple seemed fixated with a backwards-looking “trauma plot”.
“Meghan Markle needs to leave royal trauma behind”, the Washington Post said in an opinion page headline. “In truth, the only way for the Sussexes to build a truly new life, and have a wider impact on the causes they care about, is to stop making themselves the center of the story.”
The CNN host Don Lemon commented on the second…