Is the US perception of Harry and Meghan changing?

former view Talk show host Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late moderate Republican John McCain, has also been open about the couple’s scorched earth tactics and, like many other celebrities, took to social media to vent.

“This will never end,” she posted on Twitter. “He will never let us live!”

Indeed, as Harry’s stunning book, spare partwhich hit international shelves this week, the 38-year-old prince had branded his stepmother Camilla “dangerous” in an essay 60 minutes Interview with Anderson Cooper; He had retried the feud between Meghan (still known here as Markle) and William’s wife Catherine Good morning America stay with Michael Strahan; and he’d even shared lengthy gulps of tequila late show Segment with comedian Stephen Colbert.

This begs the question: is all this too much?

Professor Pallavi Kumar of American University’s School of Communication says that while Harry and Meghan undoubtedly find more sympathy in the US than in the UK, “it speaks to saturation – and we’re getting there fast”.

“Even as a news consumer, my feed right now is all about Prince Harry, and I’m worried about her in terms of her long-term prospects,” said Kumar, an expert in public relations and public communications.

“Right now the public is hungry for them because we’re not getting an unprecedented look at what’s happening in ‘The Firm,’ and they own the story. But I can’t imagine the public’s appetite for this couple will last when it’s all about milking the system and monetizing their name.”

Some may argue that they already are. On the streets of Washington DC The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald took part in a straw poll asking residents what they thought of the Duke and Duchess.

“You’re a record broken,” said a woman from southwest Washington.


“I don’t care at all,” said another.

It was a common sentiment in a city that’s never short of news, from the chaos of the US Congress to the lingering specter of Donald Trump and his campaign to return to the White House.

For now, however, the demand for Harry’s controversial book suggests the general public isn’t tired of hearing his story. According to Penguin Random House, first-day sales of the memoir exceeded 1.4 million copies across all formats in the US, Canada and the UK, surpassing some of the publisher’s biggest hits, including blockbusters by Barack and Michelle Obama.

Largely unsurprising: sales hype for spare part was built up for months, especially in the days leading up to publication when the book’s contents became public due to a series of leaks, early unplanned sales in Spain and Harry’s high-profile interviews.

The question, however, is how long it might last. Michelle Obama’s Will It took a week when it was released in 2018 to reach 1.4 million sales. But the former first lady has since sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and the book has stood the test of time, in part due to the wildly positive reviews.

For all spare Parts Tickle – Harry’s frozen penis; his psychedelic drug use; his military murders – the verdict so far has been mixed.

Kumar says if she were advising the Sussexes she would suggest focusing on longer-term projects rather than simply “telling their particular story and their particular mistakes”.

“If they do exceptional charity work, if they really make a difference, or if they make an award-winning film through their Netflix deal, that would be great,” she says. “At the moment it is mainly a matter of voicing complaints. There’s an appetite for it at this point, but it’s not going to continue that way.”

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