By Bridie Pearson-Jones for Mailonline
10:46 12 December 2023, updated 13:10 12 December 2023
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a video showing the Archewell ‘impact’ of 2023 just hours after the Princess of Wales shared a clip of herself at a baby bank with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The royal couple shared a one-minute clip showing the people and causes their foundation has helped throughout 2023. They have shared similar videos in the past, but usually not until January.
The release, which came just hours after Kate was praised for adorable snaps of Welsh children at the Windsor Children’s Bank, may now raise eyebrows in royal circles.
Perhaps in an attempt to show that they are a practical couple, the video shows them hugging war veterans, packing bags for school girls in Nigeria, and taking selfies with dozens of supporters.
It comes as brand experts warned of the demise of “Brand Sussex” following the fallout from Omid Scobie’s toxic book Endgame, which attacked the royal family and described Kate and King Charles as “expressing concern” about Prince Archie’s skin color before he took office. child.
The Duchess of Sussex recently signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) mega-agent Ari Emanuel whose clients include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Serena Williams and other celebrities – but WME is said to have other ideas.
It certainly seems like the adorable new video is an attempt to showcase the couple as global players, putting them front and center all the time.
Watch the video below
It includes footage from Meghan’s visit to the Fisher House Foundation in Los Angeles, as well as the couple’s calls to entrepreneurs, visits to New York to speak at a mental health summit, and a trip to Marcy Lab School in Brooklyn throughout 2023.
Workers are also shown rebuilding a playground in Uvalde, Texas, following a massacre that killed 21 people – including 19 children – in 2022.
Another clip from August showed Harry and Meghan calling young entrepreneurs to tell them that the initiatives they were running had received a share of $2 million in grants.
The glamorous snaps also show a radiant Meghan hosting a panel discussion at the World Mental Health Day festival, in what marks the Archewell Foundation’s first ever in-person event.
It comes hours after the Princess of Wales shared a clip of herself with Prince George, Princes Louis and Princess Charlotte at a children’s bank in Windsor.
Wales children helped their mum and volunteers collect donations and make boxes to go to children in need at Christmas.
While sorting through piles of donated clothes, George, ten, and Charlotte, eight, folded items like their mum Kate.
But unlike his older brothers, five-year-old Louis picked up a shirt and placed it on the neat pile.
Harry and Meghan also published a 25-page impact report alongside the video, in which Meghan revealed she was inspired to work with Archewell after her time at the company.
When Meghan was a working member of the royal family, she supported the Hubb Community Kitchen for Women in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.
She now works in a similar group called the Welcome Project.
“As with the Hubb Community Kitchen, the Welcome Project uses the power of food to bring people together,” the report states.
The report also states that the duo is “committed to a simple yet profound mission to show up and do good.”
“Our work, especially this year, has been rooted in strengthening community and remaining responsive to those in need amid the evolving challenges we face in today’s world.”
He explains that the foundation helped provide 3,176 hours of trauma-informed mental health support to those exposed to the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, while also helping more than 2,500 girls in Nigeria access menstrual products and health education.
Other achievements include support for recently resettled Afghan women.
The glossy video could be a brilliant attempt to put Meghan and Harry on the world stage again.
Meghan recently appeared on the red carpet at Variety’s Power of Women gala, where she teased “exciting” new projects for her and Harry. She also sat down with two of the most powerful women in Los Angeles, one who works at the Oscars and the other at Universal Studios.
but Mark BorkowskiOne of Britain’s most experienced crisis managers said he believed Omid Scobie’s endgame – and the royal race row it sparked – had “backfired spectacularly” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
He is also convinced that the controversy over the naming of King Charles and Kate in the Dutch translation “was clearly a publicity stunt”, a claim Mr Scobie denies.
Mr Borkowski said Meghan’s relaunch in Hollywood was “clearly not working”. He claims her new talent agency WME may be considering axing her after less than six months amid signs that the “Hollywood machine” may have “had enough of her”.
He previously told MailOnline: “Something has started to relax in the heart of Meghan and Harry. I think 2024 is going to be seismic, either because they will do something to recover and find a new positive tactic or it will be a step back from the brand. It could go one way or two ways.” It just can’t stay where it is right now because it’s clearly not working.
He said the couple’s brand could be “done” next year because they are viewed so negatively, partly due to dignified silence from the royal family in the face of “continuous” attacks by the Sussexes and their allies.
“We’ve seen countless appearances by Meghan on red carpets,” he said. “The story of her return to the game in Hollywood is about Meghan trying to get back on her own turf and be available to work and get back into Hollywood.”
“But I would suggest that they may be being left behind by the Hollywood machine, who may have had enough of them and enough of the negativity.”
“They’re hinting at their next big plans, but you know, we’ve heard that before. So they have to offer something now.”
Regarding the rumors that WME might abandon Meghan, he said: “I think that is actually true. It just shows that the continued erosion of the organization is not working.”
Brand and culture expert Nick Eadie told MailOnline that Endgame could be as dangerous for her career as Spear – her husband’s memoir – was for Prince Harry, claiming that her representatives in Los Angeles would be concerned that it had “tarnished her reputation and could damage his reputation.” “Her agency.”
Mr Eide believes Meghan could soon become “too hot to handle” after two members of Harry’s family were named as being at the center of allegations of a racial row in the Dutch version of the book. He also claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s silence since the book’s release makes Meghan appear “guilty by association”, despite strident claims by Mr Scobie, an ally of the actress, and her friends that she had nothing to do with the book. .
Mr Eadie said: “The book written by Omid Scobie has the potential to be an incendiary tool for Meghan. Just as Harry’s own purpose for him proved to be the book, Scobie’s new book has unfortunately ignited a fire that many thought would go out.”
“The problem for top Hollywood agents is that they will find it difficult to navigate Meghan’s career for fear that more will come to light over time, and with court cases looming from her sister and possibly her father, it has tarnished her and her reputation.” It could potentially damage her agency’s reputation.
The footage also shows the couple appearing at Marcy Lab School in Brooklyn, which aims to prepare “youth of color for rewarding, wealth-generating careers in the tech sector” with just one year of education.
The snaps show the duo standing shoulder to shoulder with several students at the school, with the Duchess wearing black skinny jeans, a fitted black T-shirt, and a pair of Jennifer Chamande heels – as well as a letterman jacket she received from a debate team at one of the schools. In the United Kingdom in March 2020.
Another clip shows the couple meeting with military veterans and their families at Camp Pendleton in San Diego.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Navy SEAL Foundation for the official opening of a new veteran training facility, known as the Warrior Fitness Programme, ahead of Veterans Day on November 11.
Another clip shows school girls in Nigeria receiving backpacks.
Archewell has funded a Nigeria-based project called the GEANCO Foundation, which provides school supplies and menstrual products to girls and young women in the West African country.
This came after the Duchess of Sussex linked up with Nigerian athletes at the Invictus Games after discovering she was of Nigerian descent, and said she couldn’t wait to visit the country “for… [her] Mom and children.
At the opening ceremony of the tournament, Prince Harry revealed that his wife would offer her personal support to the athletes after she discovered through a genealogy test that she was 43 percent Nigerian.
In the following days, she was seen hugging a competitor and calling her “my Nigerian sister”, before being introduced to other members of the team and the chief of defence, who gave her a nickname – Princess Ngozi Lolo – which she could use if she ever visited the country.
Another clip shows Meghan on International Women’s Day visiting a homeless shelter for pregnant women, distributing essential supplies to expectant mothers on behalf of Archwell.
In a $4,000 black cashmere Max Mara coat, worn over cropped black pants and a black cardigan, Meghan and her team at Archewell handed out baby gifts.
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