Meghan & Harry latest – Desperately UNPOPULAR royal couple rehire former top aides as they major push to win public back

DESPERATELY unpopular Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have rehired two top aides they axed during their move to the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have rehired ex-Palace staff Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy on charity projects in the UK, according to the Daily Mail.

The duo have reportedly been hired in addition to James Holt, the royal couple's PR chief, who has a massive job on his hands to win back the support of the British public after the pair abandoned their royal duties.

According to YouGov, roughly 55% of Brits hold a negative or neutral opinion of Harry and Meghan – making them considerably less popular than the Queen, Prince Phillip, William and Kate, and even Princess Anne.

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  • Shayma Bakht

    EXPECT MORE FROM HARRY AND MEG IN 2021

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry "will be seen more in 2021" but will shun the traditional role as "working royals", an insider has claimed.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

    Discussing what 2021 has in store for the couple, the insider claimed: "We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

    "It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN COULD WRITE A NOVEL, INSIDER CLAIMS

    An insider has claimed Meghan Markle wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    An insider said: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

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    An insider said Meghan could write a bookCredit: AFP
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN HAS A 'CALLING AT HEART' TO BE A WRITER

    One royal commentator has said Meghan Markle has a “calling at heart” to be a writer.

    During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the Duchess of Sussex’s previous written work on food.

    Ms Fiorito stated that Meghan demonstrated a talent for descriptive writing, saying: “She is a food writer at heart for sure. I feel like this was her calling.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    MEGHAN AND HARRY EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION WITH AUDIO PROJECT

    Meghan and Harry are aiming to empower the next generation with educative topics such as gender equity, racial justice and mental health to be discussed.

    Official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed their company will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

    The application also covers CDs, audiobooks and live stage performances and also content via “satellite, global computer networks, websites, wireless devices, mobile web applications, webcasts, and on-demand streaming media”.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PICTURED: Rehired Beth Herlihy, who was fired after Meg and Harry stopped being senior members of the Royal Family

    Read more about her rehiring and wage of six figures here.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PRINCE CHARLES GIVES UP LAND AS HE PREPARES FOR THE THRONE

    As he prepares to become King, Prince Charles is set to give up one of his plots of land in 2021, it has been claimed.

    A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales will not be renewing his lease on Home Farm but will continue to farm organically at Sandringham.”

    Charles has spent 35 years farming at Home Farm near his country home Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

    It is suggested that he not commit to a new 20-year-lease, as he is expecting to become King soon.

     

  • Shayma Bakht

    QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERT'S WATERCOLOUR DISPLAY

    Watercolours collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which symbolise their public and private lives together, will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2021.

    Throughout their marriage, Victoria and Albert were passionate collectors of watercolour painting, and owned thousands of such work.

    Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour will feature 80 of their treasured watercolours, including several by Scottish artists, some of which will be on display in Scotland for the first time.

  • Shayma Bakht

    MEG WAS DESTINED TO BE A WRITER, SAYS EXPERT

    And one royal commentator has said that she has a “calling at heart” to be a writer.

    During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the Duchess of Sussex’s previous written work on food.

    Roberta Fiorito, who co-hosts the Royally Obsessed podcast, stated that Meghan demonstrated a talent for descriptive writing – pointing to examples in her old blog.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PROTECTING THE EMPIRE

    Meghan and Prince Harry lodged documents to prevent others cashing in on the name of their new entertainment empire.

    US copyright attorneys are already looking over papers from the couple asking for exclusive rights to their charity Archewell and Archewell Foundation.

    And official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed it will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    ARCHIE'S SPECIAL XMAS PRESENT

    Meghan and Harry shared an adorable photo of Harry holding Archie, who was wearing his Christmas present – a little grey hat with pom-poms.

    The hat was created by a New Zealand knitwear social enterprise, Make Give Live, which operates on a buy one, give one model.

    The couple reportedly purchased one hundred hats in Archie's name to help the needy – meaning 100 were donated too.

  • Shayma Bakht

    NEXT PROJECT: PRICEY TICKETED EVENTS

    Royal insiders have said Meghan and Prince Harry are now being lined up for the possibility of ticketed events – which would be charged at a premium.

    This news comes soon after the couple announced a deal with Spotify to produce a podcast, and just months after The Sun exclusively revealed the pair had signed a £100m contract with Netflix.

  • Shayma Bakht

    FESTIVE-THEMED PODCAST COMING SOON

    Meghan and Prince Harry have not revealed how much money they will be putting towards their podcast project despite the pair signing a £30million deal with Spotify.

    However, they did confirm the first episode from their Archewell Audio podcast would be festive-themed.

  • John Hall

    MEG AND HARRY PAY MILLIONS

    Experts suggested the re-hired aides Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy's wage bill could be more than £1million this year.

    Mrs Loughran had worked for Prince Harry since 2015, and was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen on the Duke's recommendation.

    Ms Herlihy began working for the Sussexes in September 2018, but lost her job in March when Harry and Meghan moved to North America.

    Mrs Loughran and Ms Herlihy had recently formed a company called Herlihy Loughran, which aims to connect "influential people" to worthy causes.

  • John Hall

    REUNITED AT LAST

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have re-hired former palace staffers Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy to work for their non-profit organisation Archewell.

    Both women, aged in their 30s, lost their jobs when Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family.

    The Sussexes have also hired employees in the United States – including a head of communications, a press secretary and a chief of staff, the Daily Mail reports.

  • John Hall

    MEG AND HARRY WANT TO RETURN FOR THESE OCCASIONS

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton claims, if coronavirus restrictions allow, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to return to the UK for three main occasions.

    They are the the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21, the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday in June, and the unveiling of a statue of late Princess Diana on July 1, on what would've been her 60th birthday.

  • John Hall

    MYSTERIOUS MESSAGES

    Meghan's supposed best mate Jessica Mulroney wrote a message to her Instagram followers about loyalty, and some are wondering if it was a hit at the royal.

    The fashion stylist, 40, who was dropped by her employers earlier this year after getting into a row with a black influencer, posted the message on her Instagram Story before deleting it.

    It read: “Some people aren't loyal to you. They are loyal to their need of you. Once their needs change, so does their loyalty.”

    Jessica, who lives in Toronto, Canada, where Meghan used to be, added underneath: “And with that, Merry Christmas y’all.”

    The message comes just weeks after sources close to Jessica denied her and Meghan were drifting apart as friends.

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