Meghan Markle and Prince Harry need to decide what they want to do with their careers now their break from the Royal Family is complete, author Omid Scobie has said.
Scobie, who wrote two books focussed on the couple’s departure from the institution and its aftermath, reported sources close to the couple who admitted their vision has so far failed to materialise.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the first few years after embracing their new life repeatedly hitting out at senior members of the Royal Family while pursuing new business ventures to establish their brand in Hollywood.
However, they have suffered considerable setbacks – including the collapse of their deal with Spotify and a popularity drop following the release of their Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan as well as the Duke’s memoir Spare.
Scobie said: “When I spoke to people in their orbit, they admit that it hadn’t quite gone to plan. They really need to establish what their purpose is.”
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While the Royal Family and Meghan appear to have moved on from the claims the couple has made, Scobie argued Harry “still has unfinished business” – especially when it comes to his brother Prince William.
Speaking to PEOPLE, the royal author added: “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.”
The Duke seemed to take a step forward over the summer, when he jetted off on a solo mission to Japan and Singapore to raise funds for the charity he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Sentebale.
He then took the spotlight in Germany for the latest edition of the Invictus Games, with Meghan joining him in Dusseldorf to celebrate his birthday and support him through the event.
They then attended a summit together in October to mark World Mental Health Day in New York.
However, they have been dogged by speculation about the state of their deal with Netflix as their Archewell Production has so far failed to deliver on a new project to follow their six-part docuseries.
Meghan last week attempted to defuse the rumours with an appearance at the Variety Power of Woman gala in Los Angeles.
During her red carpet walk, the Duchess hinted at new upcoming projects saying they “have so many exciting things on the slate”.