Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following in Obamas' footsteps? Sussexes may soon announce a book deal
'They are just emulating in each step of what they're doing and that is because the Obamas' model has worked,' said royal expert Katie Nicholl
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be walking in the footsteps of the Obamas as they announced they had signed a deal with the streaming giant Netflix to produce a string of shows. They also recently revealed that they signed a deal with Spotify to produce and host podcasts for their charity Archewell.
Royal commentator Katie Nicholl said the Sussexes might soon reveal a book deal announcement as their next big endeavor following in the footsteps of the former first couple. Nicholl told 9Honey: "The Obamas' Higher Ground [production company] was always going to be the business model for the Sussexes and that's exactly what we're seeing. They are just emulating in each step of what they're doing and that is because the Obamas' model has worked. It's high end, it's aspirational, it sits very much with the image that the Sussexes are trying to curate for themselves and it's a successful business model."
The Obamas and the Sussexes have previously collaborated on multiple projects, including the US Invictus Games. They also share the same speakers' agency, The Harry Walker Agency. Immediately after leaving the White House back in 2017, Barack and Michelle announced a Netflix deal with their company Higher Ground Productions, followed by a Spotify podcast deal. They then went on to have published biographies of their own: Michelle's 'Becoming,' and Barack's recently released 'A Promised Land', both of which have gone on to become bestsellers.
Nicholl suggested that it would not come as a surprise if the Sussexes similarly announce a new book deal. She told 9Honey: "I certainly think books are going to be on their agenda. Meghan's a big fan of self-help books herself, she's a writer, she loves writing — I mean, look at the piece she wrote for the New York Times. So I think it's very, very likely that they will move into books, or certainly Meghan particularly."
However, the royal commentator admitted it was doubtful whether the couple would like to take on a tell-all on their time as senior members of the Royal Family. "Whatever they do, it's important to remember they are still bound by that pledge to the royal family, to uphold the values of the monarchy, to remain respectful of the monarchy whether or not they are working members of the institution. So I think self-help manuals, healthy living, wellness, that's all likely genres the Duchess might want to dip her toe in. But I definitely think writing and a book deal is very possible indeed," she said.
She added that she “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Sussexes has even reached out to the Obamas to discuss their next steps away from the Firm. "I'm sure there's been some mentoring and possible guidance along the way," she said. "But I think whether or not they've had conversations, it's obvious in the way they're working, Harry and Meghan are using this as a model for themselves, they're using the Obamas' business structure as a template."
Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year and are currently living in the United States with their baby son Archie.