While Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are looking for a new life away from telephoto lenses and British grays in California, they have no idea they will spend the rest of the year in the House.
The royal couple arrived in Los Angeles in March 2020 before the closure of borders by the Kovid-19 pandemic and immediately worked to develop their “brand” that connects people and royalty in Hollywood. Of the many studios that attracted, Netflix won, and signed a special deal with them, all of which was confidential but excellent.
Health restrictions imposed in California can walk the red carpets of many events commonly held in Los Angeles, and rubbing shoulders with the greats of this entertainment world has dampened Meghan and Harry’s hopes.
“It simply came to our notice then. This is my first chance to see LA, “said Prince Harry in an interview with British host James Corden last week. The meeting took place on the open roof of a double-decker bus traveling through the palm-covered streets of the city.
The couple, who borrowed from entertainment mogul Tyler Perry, did not have a good memory of their brief stay in Beverly Hills Villa: Meghan and Harry complained to the paparazzi about stealing photos of their son Archie in the garden of the residence.
Last July, they settled in the chic small town of Montecito, next to Santa Barbara (about 150 kilometers from Los Angeles), where they bought a nine-bedroom building and “slipped into their own peaceful privacy.” According to the representative description.
Their neighbors include stars like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
But for Hollywood Gratin, the couple’s daily life is shrouded in mystery. “He lives a mile from my house. It’s very secretive,” American actor Rob Lowe told Corden last January.
“Seeing him in the neighborhood is like seeing a Loch Ness monster,” he said.
Eric Schiffer, a public relations expert from Los Angeles, considers it “rare” to spend too much time with celebrities in Prince and his wife Montecito.
“It’s not really a typical hangout for celebrities, it’s Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu and West Hollywood. Not Montecito, ”he said.
For Jitender Sehdev, a specialist in People Marketing, the couple’s choice of appearing only a few times via video is not a choice, but a result from the limits of being “connected to the epidemic”.
“I have no doubt that in the future we will see them at many events, on red carpets,” the author of the book “The Kim Kardashian Principle” assured.
“They chose to be assertive in the world of media and entertainment,” he analyzed.
Meghan Markle has not shown any desire to resume her acting career, but the deal with Netflix offers her and her husband to produce movies and series for the video-on-demand platform.
For Eric Schiffer, the couple’s absence on Twitter and Instagram sends a disturbing message to young Americans, who are always hungry for content. “I think a lot of Americans are wondering why they’re so averse to social media … Are they trying to do American adventure like these elites above all else?”
In Los Angeles last spring, two celebrities were seen occasionally participating in charities such as distributing meals to the sick or laying a traditional wreath at a cemetery on November 11th.
Experts say these carefully arranged excursions and very few contingencies really did not help the couple forget the “chaotic beginnings” of their careers in California.
“The danger of this kind of charity work is that people see it as an excuse for a photo shoot (…) which can have a negative impact on their brand,” says Zitender Sehdev.
The interview that Meghan and Harry gave to their neighbor Oprah Winfrey, which will air on Sunday, will definitely enhance their image.
But we are among good companies and Eric Schiffer does not expect any revelation about their private life.
“Oprah is not pushing them into trouble. She lives in the same neighborhood. There are not many vegan restaurants in the city, ”he joked.