In the USA, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived as a well-known couple that intrigued the public. However, subsequent interviews and complaints about the Royal Family led to the spouses losing their reputation and becoming a target for mockery.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose ongoing criticisms of the Royal Family through various interviews and appearances have tainted their reputation, continue to experience a decline in public favor.
Following their portrayal in “South Park,” which greatly unsettled Meghan Markle, they’ve now become the target of jests at the Golden Globe Awards, as highlighted by the Daily Mail, drawing upon insights from cultural and Royal Family experts.
During the event, host American comedian Jo Koy humorously remarked on the couple’s lucrative deal with Netflix, quipping that they earn “millions of dollars for doing absolutely nothing, and that’s just Netflix.”
His comment sparked hearty laughter in the audience, including from Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.
Koy also drew laughter with a playful jab at Imelda Staunton’s portrayal of the Queen in “The Crown,” joking that it was “so good that Prince Harry called her asking for money.”
This jest about requesting money came on the heels of Harry’s revelation to Oprah Winfrey during their explosive 2021 interview, where he disclosed that his father, then Prince Charles and now King Charles III, had “literally cut me off financially” when they stepped back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family a year earlier.
Netflix stands as a primary source of income for the couple after they inked a substantial multi-year deal worth $100 million with the streaming giant in September 2020.
Their podcast contract with Spotify ended abruptly after a single season of the ‘Archetypes series, leading the company’s CEO, Bill Simmons, to later label them as ‘a couple of slackers and grifters.’
Royal journalist Phil Dampier mentioned that consistent mockery in the US poses challenges for the Sussexes, as Americans are growing weary of their perpetual grievances.
“A few years ago, Harry and Meghan wouldn’t have been the subject of such ridicule, but now they’ve become the punchline, even among the socially conscious elite of Hollywood.
When you’re the target of jokes, it’s a sign of trouble. Initially, upon their move to America, they were a beloved couple, but their constant grievances turned people away. This latest instance adds to the mounting collection of jests about them following ‘South Park’ and other shows,” he remarked.
He noted that after losing their Spotify contract and hitting a creative wall with Netflix, the couple has inadvertently become a form of entertainment, even for the progressive audience that once supported them.
If Meghan and Harry fail to devise lucrative ventures in 2024, a significant decline seems inevitable.
“They might expect criticism from the media and online platforms, but being ridiculed by the entertainment industry reflects the extent of their fall.”