Who is Miranda Barbot? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hire Barack Obama's PR Guru to TRANSFORM image
Reportedly, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired the star PR Guru who helped re-elect Barack Obama over a decade ago, in 2012. The couple may have political ambitions, given the hire. This news has surfaced after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hired the same bodyguard that used to provide protection services to Obama, Christopher Sanchez.
Miranda Barbot, who was labeled a 'key figure' in Obama's relection, has made the Sussexes hope she can "transform their image". When talking to the Mirror, an insider revealed, "There are shades of the Clintons or even Kennedys. It wouldn't be a huge shock now if Meghan went into politics."
Miranda Barbot was a 19-year old undergraduate when she entered Obama's team after winning a scholarship. According to sources, it is revealed that Barbot left the US public relations firm BerlinRosen and has joined Archewell, the Sussexes' firm. Apparently, she was spotted during the Invictus Games in Holland among the Sussexes.
Barbot has been named a key figure in Harry and Meghan's team and is known to be a 'shrewd operator'. The unnamed source added that Ms Barbot is quite experienced and would be able to guide them properly in order to adapt to their lives away from the Royal Family. Ms Barbot's Twitter bio reads, "New Yorker and year-round iced coffee drinker."
The news of the Sussexes hiring Obama's PR agent came in right after the news that the couple is being protected by Obama's former bodyguard. The couple has faced several controversies that seem to have impacted their public image. In the iconic interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Meghan claimed an unknown royal was racist.
The Sussexes have been accused of 'meddling' in both UK and US politics after stepping back as 'senior royals', despite never declaring their political allegiance. Claims like Meghan lobbying for paid leave for parents are said to be 'tactics of an aspiring politician.' Meghan also phoned Republican senators to encourage them to agree to the plans. In the cold calls she introduced herself as the Duchess of Sussex.
The Obamas have a long-standing relationship with Harry, having bonded with him over his Invictus Games - for which they starred in a video with the prince and the Queen to help promote it in 2016. The Sussexes have followed a similar trajectory to the Obamas since quitting royal life, having signed a multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify to produce their own documentary series and podcasts. Moreover, Harry has signed a four-book deal with Penguin Random House, the same publishers who published Obama's memoir.