Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have issued an urgent plea to the nation...
And, as you'd expect, opinions are seriously divided.
via: TimeThe royal couple, who very recently stepped down from their monarchy duties, pleaded with urgency via TIME magazine.
However, their words have been seriously criticized...
via: TimePeople are definitely not happy with their decision to speak out.
Now, this isn't the first time the royal pair have faced the brunt of the public.
via: GettyThroughout their full relationship, Harry and Meghan's every move has been constantly scrutinized.
Harry first met California-born Meghan Markle back in 2016...
via: GettyAnd, even though she didn't quite fit the criteria for a traditional royal partner, the pair hit it off instantly.
For starters, Meghan is an American citizen...
via: GettyAnd she is divorced, which is traditionally a big taboo in the British monarchy.
However, Harry followed his heart...
They married in a lavish Windsor ceremony in May 2018...
via: GettyThus making Meghan an official part of the Royal Family. Following the wedding, Meghan officially relocated to London and was given the title, the Duchess of Sussex.
And, not ones to waste any time, the couple announced their pregnancy shortly after the wedding.
Even though the little family seemed to radiate with happiness...
via: GettyThings were far from the case behind the scenes as Meghan was relentlessly attacked by the British press and public.
Anything she did or said...
via: GettyThe British media had something to say about it. Whether she was being branded as a diva, a control-freak, a "monarchy ruiner," and even a bad mother, Meghan received it all.
And even though she bravely put a smile on her face throughout it all...
via: GettyThere was absolutely no doubt that she was struggling.
This lead to Harry and Meghan making the bold decision to step down from royal duties earlier this year.
Even though the family is now spending a lot of their time in Los Angeles...
via: GettyMeghan is still receiving a lot of heat from the British press for "breaking up the royal family."
It seems that Meghan literally can't do anything right...
via: GettyAnd many have even put the hate down to a combination of sexism and racism.
Meghan is the first-ever person of color to join the Royal Family...
Britain is angrier at Meghan Markle for being mixed race than they are at Prince Andrew for being a sex predator an… https://t.co/bRMCWKM7HP— Mon (@Mon)1590960694.0
It has also been reported that since the pair's big move to L.A, Harry's relationship with his family has been strained.
via: GettyThe future King of England, Prince William, reportedly didn't take it well when Harry and Meghan announced their departure from the Royal family and their relationship continues to be on the rocks.
Things were then ramped up a notch following the announcement of the pair's new Netflix deal.
via: Getty ImagesThe couple revealed that they had founded a yet-to-be-named production company that will make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming - and Netflix quickly took the bait, according to the New York Times.
"Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope," the couple shared.
via: Getty Images“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us."
They were reportedly attracted to Netflix's "unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."
via: Getty ImagesAnd that’s not all.
Industry insiders have shed even more light on the new deal.
via: Getty ImagesAnd have claimed it could be worth up to $150 million.
Now, of course...
via: Getty ImagesMoney aside, the issues the pair are hoping to bring up in their documentaries are something Meghan has spoken up about in the past. Just last month she spoke at the Girl Up Global Leadership Summit, for instance.
But people don't tend to like the fact that she weighs into politics.
Markle only has a platform because she married a prince. The one thing she should know is that Royals do not get in… https://t.co/u3BBGTc5Ek— Susan Hall AM (@Susan Hall AM)1597992153.0
So, we can't imagine the Netflix project is going to go down well with everyone.
via: Getty ImagesNevertheless, the couple has signed the major deal.
And, to make the situation even more scandalous, the couple allegedly provided a list of demands involving their speaking appearances.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to Page Six, the couple recently signed on with the New York-based powerhouse Harry Walker Agency to represent them for speaking engagements.
According to a 4-page “Virtual Event Request Form" devised by HWA for the royal duo have a list of demands that must be adhered to.
via: Getty ImagesThe pair will have the say on every detail of their online appearances, as per London’s Telegraph, which obtained a copy of the conditions.
Firstly, the form states this:
via: Getty Images"The choice of Introducer and Moderator will be at the final discretion of the Speaker."
That's not all...
via: Getty ImagesThe couple is believed to be able to ask for up to $1 million per speech and "the fee will need to be paid directly from the contracting organization’s account."
Before they agree to any appearance, the couple reportedly wants an estimate on the number of attendees along with a description of “who they are.’’
via: Getty ImagesHarry and Meghan also want to know everyone helping to fund the event — “corporations, individuals, members of the organization and government entities or organizations’’ and “what they are receiving in return for their sponsorship.’’
The duo said they want to be told whether “any live or pre-recorded program elements will run concurrently with the Speaker’s presentation" and who else might be speaking.
via: Getty Images“What will the audience see on screen? Will you incorporate any branding? What will the Speaker see on-screen immediately prior to and during their presentation?" the form asks.
via: Getty ImagesHarry and Meghan want to know what “connection format" the event will be broadcast through, in case of any technical issues.
So, it's safe to say they are thinking about every possible aspect of their new show...
via: Getty ImagesAnd now, they have evidently started tapping into their political nature once more, despite this being against royal tradition and respected protocol. And what they said has seriously gained mixed reviews.
The pair appeared in an ABC broadcast special unveiling of the 2020 TIME 100 on Tuesday...
via: GettyBut what they said in this broadcast has certainly ruffled a few feathers.
Technically, by giving this speech, Harry has majorly broken royal protocol...
Prince Harry looks so uncomfortable in that video, as he should. British Royalty has no business telling Americans… https://t.co/6TrkOFQhmC— Shiny Piece of Coal (@Shiny Piece of Coal)1600858139.0
Many have criticized the prince for blatantly endorsing Joe Biden...
Prince Harry has effectively endorsed @JoeBiden what is the US election to do with him? he doesn't have a vote and… https://t.co/GTeehMzhDo— Andrew Pierce (@Andrew Pierce)1600859792.0
Really don't think it's wise for a member of the British royal family to speak out about American politics. He's no… https://t.co/UlCPBZDN8t— Ed West (@Ed West)1600851094.0
@itvnews As if the American people care what he says. Some privileged prince from across the Atlantic. The mans out of touch.— Hugo Vincent (@Hugo Vincent)1600858165.0
@edwest He's embarrassing and frankly knows better than this political interference in another country's politics.— Margot Parker (@Margot Parker)1600860114.0
Prince Harry is a foreign prince, interfering in a US election, by urging people to vote and citing specific issues… https://t.co/Du56kV4Ec0— Royal Tea (@Royal Tea)1600861371.0
Piers Morgan also weighed in on the issue.
Prince Harry poking his woke nose into the US election & effectively telling Americans to vote against President Tr… https://t.co/KORBKbsJXf— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1600849837.0
However, some people saw things a little differently.
@edwest US policy impacts the whole world, especially the U.K., one of it’s strongest allies. 🇬🇧 will become even m… https://t.co/8sNfFXiDNn— Diane Gray (@Diane Gray)1600859072.0
Together, they gave a poignant speech about the importance of voting in this year's election...
via: TimeAnd Harry himself gave a revealing insight into who he will want to see running the country for the next 4 years.
Firstly, Meghan chimed in:
Harry then went on to urge Americans to "vote against hate speech"...
via: TimeAnd spoke of the need for the good to "outweigh" the bad and spoke about the dangers of "online negativity."
The prince then said:
via: Time"When the bad outweighs the good, for many, whether we realize it or not, it erodes our ability to have compassion and our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes."
"Because when one person buys into negativity online the effects are felt exponentially. It's time to not only, but to act."
via: TimeHarry also explained how he would not be able to vote, and had actually never voted back in the U.K. as a member of the royal family.
Because, as you may be aware...
via: GettyAll members of the royal family must remain politically neutral, and must never weigh in on or give away their opinions on political matters.