Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s list of strict demands for their speaking events has been leaked – and it’s quite the novella.
In an exhaustive, four-page document, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex outline their stringent rules for any speaking engagement – including that they have the final say in who introduces them.
Earlier this year the couple reportedly signed with The Harry Walker Agency, an exclusive agency that boasts it represents the best in motivational speakers. It is thought the couple could charge up to $1.4 million for each appearance.
The leaked ‘Virtual Event Request Form’ also states: “The choice of introducer and moderator will be at the final discretion of the speaker.
“The fee will need to be paid directly from the contracting organisation’s account.”
The full audience list must also be provided and whether the couple need to wear “business or casual” attire.
Other commands insist details of the sponsors must be listed, asking: “If you were to lose one or more of the above sponsors, would your organisation still be able to move forward with this event?”
Harry and Meghan started to hit the speaking circuit before the coronavirus lockdown hit – with the Prince giving a speech in Miami for JP Morgan in February.
The royal was reportedly paid a six-figure sum for the keynote speech which saw him reveal he had been in therapy for years after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
The pair are following in the footsteps of other big names to sign up with the agency, which also represents Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
Last week it was revealed Meghan and Harry had signed a deal with Netflix to produce content that “gives hope” to audiences with the deal estimated to be worth $150 million.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DEAL
Just days after the deal was announced, the couple confirmed they had paid back the full $4.3 million spent on refurbishing their home in the UK, Frogmore Cottage.
The couple is now based in the US – recently buying up a huge $20 million Santa Barbara home to start their new life with son Archie.
The leaked list of stipulations from the couple comes after they quit the royal family earlier this year.
And one of the authors of Finding Freedom – an unauthorised biography released last month detailing the couple’s decision to quit the Firm – claimed the pair had been frustrated at leaks coming from the palace.
Author Omid Scobie said the couple struggled with the royal family’s “no comment policy”.
Labelling it a “HR crisis”, Scobie continued: “To have members of their team or family that they are part of being involved in some of their leaks was an extremely unpleasant situation for them and made them feel even more unsupported and unprotected.
“But you have to remember this is one very big establishment and what lies within are three very different households and agendas, all looking after their own bosses and own agendas. It left them very exposed.”
In August, Scobie said Harry and Meghan were “told not to defend themselves” after palace insiders branded her “Duchess Difficult”.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission