Harry and Meghan hoping for 'year of redemption' after difficult 2023

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
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Sami Quadri1 minute ago

Prince Harry and Meghan are hoping for a “year of redemption” after facing a number of setbacks in 2023, according to reports.

The pair experienced a difficult year, which included losing their multi-million pound Spotify deal and criticism for allegedly exaggerating a car chase incident in New York.

This month a US tax filing also revealed that their charitable foundation, Archewell, made a loss last year with donations falling by £8.7million.

An unaudited income tax return filed in the US revealed that 2022 donations fell to just over £1.6m, down from £10.3m in 2021. To compound matters, Harry and Meghan's foundation also recorded a loss of £536,357.

However, a source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told US Weekly that the pair “think 2024 will be the year of redemption”.

Another source added that the couple are "in extremely high demand" and are being offered various speaking engagements, as well as business and entertainment collaborations.

“They’ve actually been shocked by how popular she (Meghan) is,” one source told the publication. “Her team has never seen anything like it.”

They added that Meghan may also be working on a “big media deal” and has been approached about film roles to multimillion-dollar endorsement deals with fashion and beauty brands.

In recent months Meghan travelled to San Diego with Harry to mark Remembrance Day, then walked down the red carpet alongside Margot Robbie and Carey Mulligan for Variety's Power of Women gala.

Archewell, their production company, is adapting the romance novel Meet Me at the Lake as a film for Netflix.

The Duchess, 42, said she was "thrilled" to have returned to the entertainment industry and was "really proud" of the projects Archewell Productions had created so far.

As she walked the red carpet in a camel, off-the-shoulder dress, she said that she and Prince Harry "have so many exciting things on the slate".

The Duchess added: "I can't wait until we can announce them, but I'm just really proud of what we're creating. My husband is loving it, too, which is really fun."

She said she hoped to make content that would make audiences "feel a sense of community".

"Things that make people feel - I was going to say 'good,' but it's more than that, things that make people feel something, right?"

The Sussexes' Netflix offerings to date include a six-part docuseries, Harry & Meghan, released in December that saw them interviewed extensively and featured reams of private family video footage.

Her red-carpet appearance came after biographer Omid Scobie claimed that those close to the Sussexes had admitted things "hadn't quite gone to plan" since they moved to the US.

Scobie, who wrote controversial royal book Endgame, told People magazine: "They really need to establish what their purpose is."

He said that Meghan had "moved on" from the Royal family, adding: "Quite early on in the (book-writing) process, some of those Meghan sources that I really leant on in the earlier years this time were like, 'You know what? She doesn't want anything to do with it.'"

"For Harry it's different. He still has unfinished business when it comes to his battles with the press.

"His challenge will be to find something that balances that out so we can see him working in a space that isn't connected to the ties that bind from the past."