Now even The Awakened Queen Jacinda Ardern wants nothing to do with Harry and Meghan

For the next phase of building Harry and Meghan’s global brand, it must have seemed like the perfect opportunity. The pair have been taking on their brave stand against racism in the UK’s royal family by presenting a series of interviews with some of the world’s other inspiring leaders: Jacinda Ardern, Greta Thunberg, Gloria Steinem and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Better yet, it’s being sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Foundation – the man whose release from prison coupled with Meghan’s wedding is a sign of black South African sensibilities (at least in Meghan’s imagination).

However, it didn’t take long for the wheels to start going off on Harry and Meghan’s PR bandwagon. First, there was the matter of how the couple managed to meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on September 18, 2020, just two weeks after announcing her $100 million deal with Netflix. Maybe, just maybe, they were sent to Washington to spend some couch time with Ginsburg before she died β€” but then the wheels really started turning. Jacinda Ardern’s office let it be known in no uncertain terms that Harry and Meghan had absolutely nothing to do with the interview she agreed to give to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in November 2019, which is when the couple was still undercover at Frogmore and getting more. And more disappointed by the stress of royal life.

Ardern’s office had only heard that Netflix had struck a deal to broadcast her interview in March 2021. Harry and Meghan’s engagement did not appear for another 12 months. When Ardern agreed to do her interview, New Zealand production company Blackwell & Ruth ran the whole thing. Just in recent months, the series has suddenly become a joint venture with Archewell Productions. Ardern’s office clarified that at no point did she have any contact with Harry and Meghan in connection with the interview.

I’m sure there are worse cases in the annals of television history of big names being used to promote work done by others, but it says something about Harry and Meghan’s marketability that New Zealand’s prime minister was very quick to separate herself from the couple. . On paper, there should be no better soulmates. All three of these advocate progressive values ​​and have large followings on the liberal left (at least in the US, in the case of Harry and Meghan). In fact, Ardern met Harry and Meghan when the latter toured New Zealand as royals in 2018, and they seemed to battle it out like a house on fire. After the meeting, Ardern said she was impressed with Meghan’s stamina, given she was pregnant at the time, and called her an “amazing woman”.

Or now she appears to be a woman with amazing cheeks. Ardern’s statement is a sign that the Harry and Meghan name may turn out to be a damaged brand. Now that they have styled themselves as perpetual victims, benefiting from their breakdown with the royal family, it will be difficult for them to escape this mold. While they may aspire to establish themselves as inspiring world leaders, their value lies in being former royals with a grievance. What people expected of them were sensational charges against Harry’s father and brother, a contemporary Greek tragedy in regular installments. The irony is that the couple who never missed a chance to blow up the tabloids have doomed themselves to be popular fare forever.

No wonder high-minded liberals like Jacinda Ardern want nothing to do with them.

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