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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry issue furious rebuttal to new claims about speaking plans

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s speaking engagements agency Harry Walker was forced to issue a statement following a new report. The story appeared to indicate that Meghan and Harry were getting a special deal while working with the agency for their engagements. However, the agency furiously clarified that the Sussexes were getting a very similar deal to all of their other clients.

They added it was not newsworthy that the Duke and Duchess have a straight forward process that ensures they are privy to specific information before agreeing to speak at an event, such as who is the audience and what they would receive for their participation.

Royally Obsessed hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed this development in their latest podcast.

Ms Bowie said: “The other kind of big news for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry that isn’t actually news is something I liked.

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“Meghan and Harry’s speaking engagement requirements were revealed in a big scoop.”

However, the royal commentator highlighted why there was a backlash to the story.

She said: “But it isn’t actually a scoop because in a nutshell it basically said that Harry and Meghan’s virtual even request form outlined some pretty standard requirements.

“Things like who will be in the audience, moderator approval, what the event organiser is receiving in return for their sponsorship participation in the event.

“All of that stuff is the status quo, It all makes sense and I would want to know that if I was participating.”

Ms Bowie also reflected on the response from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s speaking engagement representatives.

She added: “The report made it out to be a much bigger deal.

“Harry Walker Agency actually kind of clapped back.

“They said there was nothing groundbreaking, exciting or newsworthy about a customary speaking engagement questionaire used to gather basic information for our speakers.

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“We were never approached for comment which is also customary.

“Had we been we would have said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a standard working outline similar to what we have been during our nearly 75 years of business.

“I had to read this final line, this story is all foam no beer.”

The royal commentators joked they would now start to use this phrase.

They added that the agency was right to comment back against these claims.

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