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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trashed their Hollywood dreams by dishing to Oprah |
by Vinay Menon, thestar.com
April 7, 2021
Prince Harry and tattletale Meghan Markle will regret sitting down with Oprah.
Not because of the bad blood now boiling inside Buckingham Palace. Not because of the Argentina-sized wedge that interview shoved between the royal family and the Sussexes. And not even because of the plunge in approval ratings they suffered in the U.K. last month.
No, they will regret that blockbuster because it was a blockbuster.
And now everything they do will be measured by blockbuster.
Do you know how to tell when People magazine is feigning enthusiasm? It’s simple. Those celebrity-obsessed freaks will add an exclamation point to a headline. For example: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Announce First Netflix Series — and Harry Will Appear on Camera!”
That exclamation point is a dead giveaway of simulated excitement.
It’s the fake orgasm of punctuation.
You think anyone at People is really hot and bothered by “Heart of Invictus,” the first collaboration between Netflix and Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions? Give your head a shake. They will be drawing straws to see who gets stuck reviewing this upcoming docuseries.
That is not a shot at the project. Let me be clear. We should absolutely celebrate this “group of extraordinary competitors from around the globe, all service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses on their road to the Invictus Games …”
As I’ve said before, we do not value our soldiers nearly enough. We take their sacrifices for granted. If your freedom depended on my combat skills, tie your pillowcase to a stick and fill it with socks and underwear because we are both headed to the gulag. I get a paper-cut and my first instinct is to beg off chores for 48 hours. I am a weakling and a coward.
But the wounded warriors who compete in the Invictus Games? As Prince Harry put it so eloquently this week, they do indeed “contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination and resolve.”
Here’s the problem: by running their yaps to Oprah, Harry and Meghan cast a shadow over that mosaic. They created an enduring sideshow that is more powerful than the philanthropic blueprint of their foundation or their wish to make the world a better place.
Of course, everyone should watch “Heart of Invictus.” Of course. But my guess is most viewers are still too preoccupied by the allegations raised by the Sussexes. Most viewers will only care that “Harry Will Appear on Camera!” if the scene involves an injured triathlete pinning the Duke under a Peloton and demanding to know which royal member fretted about Baby Archie coming out of the oven a little too dark. If a friend tells you their family is horribly racist and then wants to yammer about climate change, you’re going to say, “Hang on. Before we deal with carbon footprints, what’s this about your racist family?”
I have no doubt Harry and Meghan believed the Oprah interview would provide closure. But all I see now is busted windows and kicked-open doors. The tabloid scrutiny they claim to abhor is amplified. Piers Morgan has all but put a fatwa on their heads. And they are now trapped in a purgatory where the nutritional value of their do-good intentions, in terms of public interest, is no match for the beans they could still spill.
The massive deal Harry and Meghan signed with Netflix last year is a blank slate of content freedom: documentaries, scripted fare, children’s programming. But this only makes sense if viewers are not more interested in the personal lives of the executive producers. The documentaries that have gained cultural traction in recent weeks — “Framing Britney Spears,” “Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil,” “Allen v. Farrow” — have done so by putting the narrative focus squarely on the celebrities involved.
Take Michael Jordan out of “The Last Dance” and all you’ve got is a tango with who cares.
I have been trying to get my daughters to watch that doc and they are just not interested. That’s my fear for Harry and Meghan. They want to create content that dovetails with the “values and causes they hold dear,” as Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos put it. But will viewers be interested? Or did that Oprah interview put the kibosh on Harry and Meghan’s kinder, gentler dreams by training the spotlight on their dark allegations?
You can’t give viewers a taste of “The Crown” and then offer up “Heart of Invictus.”
There will be few takers. That is why Harry and Meghan will regret that Oprah interview. It has left an elephant in a palace already cramped with intrigue. And it has made it hard for viewers to care about Harry and Meghan unless the cameras are on them. If I were a Netflix co-CEO, I’d encourage the Sussexes to complement their “values and causes” with vanity and celebrity.
You know what people will watch? A reality show in which they struggle with parenthood in LA. A feature about the ugly side of royalty. How about a Bachelor-style show starring Prince Andrew? Oh, stop.
All the contestants would be of legal age.
The point is, Harry and Meghan screwed their Hollywood ambitions by dishing to Oprah because now that’s the storyline. Everything they do must have the promise of personal revelation.
There can be no future blockbuster that’s not about them.
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