The reception to Meghan Markle’s 40th birthday video has gone down by like a lead balloon. Though endlessly dissected by the media, it was rather viciously mocked during an Australian morning television program, and some have pointed out that it “mocks” the Queen and the royal family, despite her constantly using the title they’ve given her to make money.
To say it wasn’t well-received is a bit of an understatement.
Karl Stefanovic and Sophie Walsh of Australia’s “Today Show” called out the ex-royal for encouraging people to get back to work, after she quit her job as a royal after it was too hard.
“I love that she’s lecturing people about getting back to the workplace and she quit her job as a royal after less than two years,” Walsh said.
Stefanovic also said, “And to have that dog’s life, just lying there in front of the fire that’s not on, on a pillow.”
Meghan displayed her adopted dog Guy in the video, after he broke two legs during his brief stint in England.
He also pointed out that Meghan is no longer really talking like a real person, what The Daily Mail highlights as “California corporate speak,” asking, “Why doesn’t she talk normally? ‘To harness the woman’s mobility as she works back…’ I mean, come on!”
“She’s too smiley,” Walsh quipped.
“No wonder Harry’s outside juggling,” he added.
While Harry and Meghan think they’ve won over at least the American public, which is probably one of the biggest markets in the world no doubt, the Australians aren’t interested in the latest preach-fest from the California duo.
Angela Levin, a royal author, have also called out Meghan and Melissa for using this birthday video for mocking the Queen, Harry’s 95-year-old, recently widowed, grandmother.
On Twitter, Levin wrote, “Anyone else think that Meghan and her friend Melissa McCarthy were mocking the Queen in the birthday video?
“Both holding old fashioned cup and saucer like Meghan used in her blog after first meeting with the Queen. Melissa sipping from the cup wearing fancy hat and gloves?
“The mockery shows what she thinks of the Royal Family. She’s got what she wanted and is confident she can outsmart us all. We just have to wait for Harry’s outpouring in his memoir.”
She may think that “she can outsmart us all,” but Harry and Meghan’s shelf life is shrinking, rapidly.
While they may have the uber liberals, progressives and Hollywood on their side, for the most part, the general public remains relatively uninterested in Harry and Meghan as a brand, they watch because of the car crash quality of their lives.
The former prince who was one of the most popular members of the royal family, falls for a d-list actress who pulls him away from the castles, palaces, pomp and circumstance to try their hands at becoming Hollywood producers/influencers. That doesn’t have long-term appeal, and they’ve really done nothing with their multimillion-dollar deals.
There is only one Spotify episode, which is about 35 minutes long, and only a couple of projects announced for Netflix. How long can they trade off the royal name to try and make money? How long will it take for the flops to dry up the Netflix and Spotify gravy train?
It’s an interesting thought. As a brand, they appeal to a very shallow subset of people, the rest of the public mainly watches in horror as the couple trade of the royal family connections, while simultaneously trashing the family and institution, which is the only thing that makes the duo relevant.
Melissa McCarthy would not care about Meghan Markle at all if she wasn’t connected to the royal family, nor would the rest of the world. Hopefully, by the time Meghan turns 50, or better yet 45, most of the public will go back to not caring about the Duchess of Montecito, her California-raised children with limited exposure to Britain and the royal family or her ex-husband, the man formerly known as Prince Harry.