Just a bare mention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s names are enough to evoke a reaction from people around the world. They have divided the internet, especially with the release of the Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, and now Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare.
The rift in the royal family was more than clear to every person on the outside. But the gulf widened in the backdrop of the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. Add to that the above mentioned twin releases, and you have two personalities who are absolutely despised by British Royal Family loyalists.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not invited to BAFTA Tea Party
In the aftermath of the release of Spare, people have been trying to avoid associating themselves with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. All entities are aware that any association with the two could result in a potential publicity disaster for them. BAFTA seems to believe the same.
The organizers behind BAFTA decided to shrug inviting the duo to the BAFTA Tea Party being organized in Los Angeles this year. The executives considered that a PR nightmare was bound to unfold before their eyes, following that the crowd would be largely polarized after the release of Prince Harry’s memoir.
BAFTA was looking to avoid a PR disaster in the aftermath of the release of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare
An insider close to BAFTA broke the news. He told The Sun, “BAFTA decided it was a terrible idea. They thought it would be a PR disaster.” It’s a no-brainer that this was going to happen, given that Prince Williams was the President of BAFTA.
The insider continued,
“Prince Harry, in his book and docuseries, has roundly attacked the Royal Family. The US team was reminded that Harry’s arch-nemesis, his brother Prince William, is president of BAFTA. So for them to roll out the red carpet to Harry and his wife would be like setting off a nuclear bomb. It’s a no-go.”
That is one tea party that Prince Harry was of course going to have to miss.
BAFTA wanted no remarks about Prince William
Inviting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to BAFTA Tea Party was not tenable because of another reason. There was a very real possibility that the two would have spoken ill about Prince William. The source added, “Any interviews would go viral. Anything negative on William would be devastating.”
No matter what the reasons, this was another PR defeat for the couple after the release of the 38-year-old’s memoir. The road ahead seems bleak for them. Only time will tell who is going to end up with a win.