Harry and Meghan ‘make staffing changes’ after docuseries and memoir success
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a whirlwind year after their Netflix docuseries and Harry's memoir Spare made headlines all across the world.
Due to their success, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now reportedly made some staffing changes including new key hires and promotions at their umbrella company Archewell as the shock from the bombshell revelations quiet down.
According to Variety, the couple will welcome Shauna Nep to the Archewell Foundation as a co-executive director for the company. Shauna has previously served as vice-president of philanthropy at SB Projects and has also held positions at The Goldhirsh Foundation and Fundamental Inc.
Serena Regan, who joined the brand at the end of last year, will now be promoted to Head of Podcasts, which will cover Meghan's Archetypes, after having previously held the title of Head of Audio.
The communications will see the biggest change as they introduce Miranda Barbot as the new director of global communications and press secretary while Maren Thomas has been named manager of communications.
Since the popular Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan is done and out in the world for everyone to watch, Archewell Productions will see two employees leave after their contracts come to an end.
Oscar-nominated producer Ben Browning will leave his role as internal content head for Archewell Productions while Fara Taylor headed up marketing for Harry & Meghan as well as Meghan's Archetypes podcast. Neither Browning nor Taylor will be replaced, as the titles have been dissolved.
Prince Harry's memoir Spare, which saw him be paid £16 million advance, has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK after going on sale on 10 January earlier this year – just a month after the Netflix docuseries was released.
Among the most explosive allegations in Harry’s new book was one claim that William attacked the Duke in a row over Meghan.
Harry also claimed that the Prince and Princess of Wales encouraged him to wear his infamous Nazi uniform to a 2005 fancy dress party.
In one section of the memoir, Harry alleged his father King Charles told his later mother Princess Diana that 'my work is done' after she gave birth to a 'spare' second son.
In another, Harry revealed he had killed 25 people while serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
Harry wrote that he did not think of those he killed in Afghanistan as “people” but instead as “chess pieces” that had been taken off the board.
Describing watching a video of each “kill” when he returned to base, he wrote of Taliban fighters as “baddies” who were being eliminated before they could kill “goodies”.
“So, my number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me,” he wrote.
Speaking to the Mirror, Colonel Kemp, who was a commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: "All the good work Prince Harry did on behalf of the Armed forces has been undermined by his comments. Not only has he gone too far in talking about this in terms of himself but it may have repercussions for others.
"As a member of Royal Family he has to accept being something of an ambassador for the UK – so his comments may effect the security of his former comrades on foreign operations…"
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