Months after stepping down as a senior royal, Meghan Markle is now taking the steps to pursue her writing skills.
Former senior royal, Meghan Markle, is far from ordinary. In her cap lie the feathers of acting, campaigning, philanthropy, podcasting, producing, and being a trailblazer, all emphasized by the Sussex's new deals with streaming services like Netflix and Spotify. But now, she's about to add one more skill to her repertoire - writing. According to The Daily Mail, Markle is keen on trying her hand at fiction writing.
"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," a royal source said, as per Marie Clarie. "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."
If she does publish a fiction book, she'll be following the path walked by another senior royal, her father-in-law, Prince Charles. According to The Daily Mail, the Prince of Wales had published a children's book titled The Old Man of Lochnagar in 1980. He had apparently written the story for his younger brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, while they were holidaying in Balmoral after which the proceeds were given to The Prince's Trust charity.
But this isn't the first time Markle is being introduced to the world of writing. "Meghan has some experience as a writer and used to have a popular blog called The Tig (now closed) before she met Harry that covered health, travel, food, and fashion," said the royal source.
Currently, Meghan has moved to secure legal protection that will allow her to pen novels via Archewell, the foundation she's set up with Prince Harry and which is named as a tribute to their child, Archie. One clause they are attempting to secure with the US Patent and Trademark Office seeks the right to draft "fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of topics" under their brand, as well as produce "general feature magazines and printed periodicals."
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As for the couple's audio and visual deals with Spotify and Netflix, they have signed on to produce various documentaries, podcasts, and other content that speak to the image of their brand. “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” the couple said in a statement about their multiyear Netflix contract, according to NY Times. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.” They added that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach (of about 193 million subscribers) will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
According to BBC, the trailer on Spotify's website features the Duke and Duchess promoting the deal, with Prince Harry saying, "That's what this project is all about, to bring forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven't heard before and find our common ground." About the first podcast episode which hasn't been released yet at the time of this article, Markle explained, "We're talking to some amazing people, they're going to share their memories that have really helped shape this past year which has been, as we know, a difficult one for everyone." Prince Harry added, "So many people have been through so much pain this year, experiencing loss, a huge amount of uncertainty, but it feels worth acknowledging that 2020 has connected us in ways we could have never imagined, through endless acts of compassion and kindness."