July 23rd, 2020
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How has C-list actress and A-list money-grabber Meghan Markle become the world’s most in-demand speaker?
Chris Sweeney is an author and columnist who has written for newspapers such as The Times, Daily Express, The Sun and Daily Record, along with several international-selling magazines.
21 Jul, 2020 11:40
The Duchess of Sussex is reported to be the world’s most sought after public speaker, but why? She knows how to make everything about herself and rake in cash, but what pearls of wisdom can she possibly offer?
Meghan Markle is a disturbing new breed of leader. Not someone who has achieved anything of note, nor broken down any barriers. Neither does she have a prodigious talent.
What she does possess is a steely willingness to do anything that makes money.
PR experts have revealed that Markle is about to become the most sought after public speaker on the planet.
Her fee per event is estimated to be around $1 million.
A lot was made of Markle’s recent speech at the Girl Up Leadership Summit, as her YouTube figures were far higher than those of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, who also spoke.
On a trip to Africa with Harry in 2019, she told a British documentary crew that life had been “a struggle” since becoming a royal.
It was a ridiculous comment, but the lightning rod was that it was uttered while meeting people who barely have any possessions and worry about where their next meal is coming from. Quite rightly, she was pilloried for it.
Since then, things have changed as Markle has realized she can’t work the royal angle to her benefit.
They can’t make any serious money, as the Queen keeps a firm grip on the family’s commercial enterprises.
While they live in grand palaces and never do any sort of conventional work, they don’t have tens of millions to splash about on indulgent whims.
Meghan thought she had joined the global club of which Winfrey, Beckham and Clooney are all members. One with global fame, but also the wealth to live on their terms.
The royal family don’t have that; the men wear boring suits, the women have to shun lavish dresses for clothes that aren’t too expensive and they all drive ‘sensible’ cars.
There’s no decadence as quite simply, the money comes with rules. Tom Cruise, for example, is wealthier than the Queen.
So Markle – and Harry – walked out of the world’s most prestigious club to go it alone.
They cited their desire to have a normal life and privacy, and raise their son Archie away from all the ceremony.
How does that equate with standing up in front of an audience in exchange for a cheque featuring a string of zeros?