King Charles presented Prince Harry with an olive branch in a Father’s Day tribute by posting a photo with both of his sons.
The monarch shared a collection of photos on Twitter today, including one taken at Balmoral Estate in Scotland in 1997 when Prince William was 14 and Harry was 12.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams claims the photo is intended to ‘evoke bittersweet memories’ and is the monarch’s way of ‘sending a sensitive message’ about loyalty to Harry.
Charles is ‘reminding’ William of how ‘very different’ the relationship between the brothers once was and they all shared ‘precious family moments’, say commentators.
The tribute comes just days after it was confirmed that Meghan Markle’s Spotify podcast Archetypes would not be renewed for a second season. The streaming giant and Sussex released a joint statement saying they have ‘mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we have created together’.
But Bill Simmons, Spotify’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, slammed the pair in an episode of his own podcast on Friday.
‘F***ing grifter. That’s why we should have launched the podcast with them,’ he said. ‘I had to get drunk one night and tell the Zoom story I had with Harry to try and help with a podcast idea. This is one of my best stories.’
King Charles presented Prince Harry with an olive branch in a Father’s Day tribute by posting a photo with both of his sons. The photo was taken at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland in 1997 when Prince William was 14 and Harry was 12.
Meghan was photographed last week. The Duchess of Sussex’s move to ax the show, which explores ‘labels that try to hold women back’, follows months of talk of renewing it for a second series.
The heartfelt tribute comes just days after it was confirmed that Meghan Markle’s Spotify podcast Archetypes would not be renewed for a second season. The streaming giant and the Sussexes (pictured together in 2021) released a joint statement saying they have ‘mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we have created together’.
Mr Fitzwilliams said the Balmoral photo depicted happy times between the monarch and his sons and was intended to send a message to Harry.
He claimed the photo showed Harry making a discovery that both Charles and William were ‘curious’.
He claimed the snapshot captured an ‘enchanting and innocent moment’ shared by the trio at the countryside estate.
‘King Charles must be sending a sensitive message to his wayward son about what really matters and where his true loyalties should lie,’ Mr Fitzwilliams said of the post.
‘He is reminding William on this special day how different things once were between him and Harry. They also once shared precious family moments! Can they again?’
There have been a number of issues between the Sussexes and the royal family in recent years.
Harry and the King are understood to be on little speaking terms after the Duke repeatedly criticized his family in a series of televised interviews and his memoir, Spare.
Charles and Harry reportedly communicated before the coronation last month.
Meghan Markle’s Spotify podcast Archetypes won’t be renewed for second season
Archetypes launched in August last year, exploring the ‘labels that try to hold women back’. The Duke and Duchess reportedly signed a $20 million contract but won’t be paid in full because it hasn’t met productivity standards.
Since officially leaving the royal family and moving to California in 2020, Harry and Meghan have pursued various avenues to bring in revenue.
This includes Harry’s bombshell memoir Spare which he produced as part of a £15million ($20 million) deal with Penguin Books.
The couple have teamed up with Netflix to produce a docu-series called Harry & Meghan, with the streaming giant reportedly paying the pair around £77 million ($100 million) for the six-episode series.
The Sussexes signed a 15 million pound ($20 million) deal with Spotify for Meghan’s Archetypes project in late 2020, but sources close to the audio giant claim the couple have not met the productivity criteria needed to receive the full payment.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Duchess of Sussex’s show, which explores the ‘labels that try to hold women back’, is to be renewed for a second series after months of talk.
The determined duchess, however, still plans to create more podcasts and find a new home for her series, which has previously featured her friend and tennis star Serena Williams, pop sensation Mariah Carey and South African comedian Trevor Noah.
The show was axed after sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed the pair would stop making all Netflix documentaries, publishing memoirs and sitting for interviews that bash the Royal Family, because they have ‘nothing left to say’. .
Spotify was said to have been in talks for a second series of Archetypes last year after the first season ended, but talks later fell off.
It comes amid reports that the couple will stop making the documentary and tell all books because they have ‘nothing left to say’.
Harry and Meghan may also lose their partnership with Netflix after their lucrative deal with Spotify was canceled last week, according to Hollywood insiders.
Despite the popularity of their six-part documentary series, the streaming giant is said to be conducting an ‘ongoing review’ into their deal, which is worth around £80 million.
However, the Duchess of Sussex has already signed a new multi-million-pound deal to be the face of fashion house Dior, according to US sources.
“Meghan is the one talking,” says a prominent Beverly Hills socialite.
‘There have been rumors for weeks that she’s about to sign a deal with Dior – if she pulls it off, no one will think her silly little podcast got canceled after one season.’
The Duchess has been a fan of Dior for some time and last year wore a white dress by the designer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee service.
Meghan signs off her 12th episode of the Archetypes podcast series with a defiant poem about survival
A deal with the brand could further boost Meghan’s value as an influencer and earn her huge sums of money for each social media post.
Brand and culture expert Nick Ed said the Duchess could ‘command millions’ by being the face of Dior.
Meghan is also said to be friends with US entrepreneur Victoria Jackson, whose husband Bill Guthrie’s marketing agency promotes the beauty lines of Jennifer Lopez and Cindy Crawford.
MailOnline has contacted representatives of the royal family and Sussexes for comment.
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