Inside Meghan Markle’s plans for media empire from TV deals to lifestyle blogs

Meghan Markle is reportedly planning to give her family financial independence by building a media empire stretching from TV deals to lifestyle blogs and product lines.

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry have announced plans to step away from their roles as senior members of the royal family and split their time between the UK and Canada.

Part of their plans involves becoming financially independent by working instead of relying on handouts from the Crown and Harry's dad Prince Charles.

Rumours about what the Sussexes could do for work have been swirling ever since the announcement and the issue is sure to have been part of the royal crisis talks hosted by The Queen at Sandringham yesterday.

Now details about their plans for the Sussex brand appear to be emerging.

Harry and Meghan have applied to trademark their brand name Sussex Royal – which they use for their Instagram account – for a number of products including clothing such as footwear and pyjamas.

The application, filed in the UK last June – also covered items such as magazines, greetings cards, socks and pencils, even alcoholic beverages.



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Meghan is also reportedly planning to revive her lifestyle blog The Tig, which she closed down to focus on her new life with Harry.

The couple's website was built by the same designer as her blog, and The Tig's name has been trademarked for another two years along with TigTots, which could indicate plans to launch a parenting arm.

Grazia reports that Meghan has also been in talks with fashion house Givenchy, and a book deal is also said to be on the cards.

The publication reports that another plans on the horizon is a move into TV production.

The Hollywood Reporter suggested the couple could set up their own production company – just like Barack Obama and Michelle.


According to the publication, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke agreed with the idea during an appearance at the network's winter press tour, saying: "We have an office waiting for them in the animation studios building should they be looking to produce television.

Harry has already produced a documentary about mental health as a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV so it would be a natural step for the pair.

Meghan may also go back to acting in a way as it's emerged she's recorded a voice over for Disney in exchange for a donation to an elephant charity.

It came after a video emerged showing Harry cornering Disney CEO Bob Iger at an event and pushily touting Meghan for voiceover work.

There's also speculation the Sussexes could monetise their Instagram account, which has more than 10.7 million followers.


As well as using the social network to promote charities and good causes, they could promote products and bring in millions from lucrative endorsement deals.

They could even go down the Kylie Jenner route of using their social media clout to promote their own product ranges – which could feature any of those items they've already trademarked.

It's likely social media will play a role in whatever plans they manage to agree in order to make 'Megxit' work.

Meghan was even spotted with her social media guru David Watkins on the day the couple released the statement confirming their intention to quit The Firm.

She's also brought in a PR team at Sunshine Sachs, who were employed last year, prompting speculation Meghan was distancing herself from royal advisors and plotting her own path.

It looks like Harry and Meghan have been toying with this idea for a long time before finally announcing the bombshell.

Fans of the royal couple will now have to wait and see what kind of deal they can hash out with the rest of the family, which will almost certainly impact the kind of jobs they take on, product launches and endorsements.

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