Earlier this week Meghan and Harry announced they have agreed a new deal to produce a podcast for Spotify. They had already revealed an agreement with streaming giant Netflix reported to be worth £75m.
On Monday the Duchess announced she has invested in Clevr Blends, a “women-led, mission driven” start-up that makes instant oak-milk lattes.
However according to a report in the Sunday Times the move, and subsequent endorsement from US TV star Oprah Winfrey, could threaten the agreement reached last March between the Sussexes and other royals.
It warned: “An almighty plug from a talk-show host flagging her royal connections has stretched the elastic contours of the ‘Megxit’ deal to snapping point.”
On Monday Oprah posted a clip of herself with a basket of Clevr Blends products on her Instagram page.
She wrote: “On the first day of Christmas my neighbour ‘M’ sent to me…a basket of deliciousness! (Yes that M).
“My new drink of choice for the morning and night.
“Wish I had Clevr Blends sooner cause I would’ve added it to my Favourite Things list.”
Oprah followed ‘Yes that M’ with a crown emoji to make it clear the reference is to her friend Meghan.
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The Duchess added: “This investment is in support of a passionate female entrepreneur.
“I’m proud to invest in Hannah’s commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a produce that I personally love and has a holistic approach to wellness.”
Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step down as senior royals back in January.
Following the revelation Harry met with his brother, father and grandmother to discuss how the process would work.
It was agreed the Duke and Duchess would “no longer be working members of Britain’s Royal Family” or use their HRH titles.
The wider Royal Family would also monitor their business activities leading up to a one-year review in March 2021.
Meghan and Harry’s deal with Netflix became particularly controversial after the fourth season of ‘The Crown’ was released in November.
A number of critics claimed there were misrepresentations in the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana, though show creator Peter Morgan defended this as artistic licence.
Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, called for each episode of the show to begin with a warning that the portrayal is fictional.
The Sussexes’ had already agreed to make films, documentaries and children’s shows for Netflix.