Meghan Markle 'could be dropped by agency over Omid Scobie's book'
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Meghan Markle’s Hollywood relaunch is ‘not going to plan’ and may already have been scuppered because the royal race row sparked by Omid Scobie’s new book could make her ‘too hot to handle’, experts told MailOnline today.

The Duchess of Sussex recently signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) mega-agent Ari Emanuel whose clients include Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, tennis star Serena Williams, among other A-Listers.

Brand and culture expert Nick Ede told MailOnline today that Endgame could be as dangerous for her career as Spare – her husband’s memoir – was for Prince Harry, claiming her representatives in LA will be worried she has ‘tarnished her reputation and could potentially damage the reputation of her agency’.

Mr Ede believes Meghan could soon become ‘too hot to handle’ after two members of Harry’s family were named as being at the centre of the race row allegations in a Dutch version of the book. He also claimed that the silence from the Sussexes since the book came out makes Meghan look ‘guilty by association’, despite vehement claims by Mr Scobie, who is an ally of the actress, and her friends that she had nothing to do with the book.

Mr Ede said: ‘The book written by Omid Scobie is potentially a career incendiary device for Meghan. Just as Harry’s own goal of a book has proved for him, the new book by Scobie unfortunately has fuelled a fire which many had thought would die down.

‘The issue for a huge Hollywood agent is that they will find it hard to navigate the career of Meghan fearing that more will come out over time and that, with court cases looming from her sister and potentially her father, she has tarnished her reputation and could potentially damage the reputation of her agency’.

Meghan Markle, pictured at Variety's 'Power of Women' gala where she teased 'exciting' new projects - but experts have said that Omid Scobie's book could be bad news for her reputation and deal with WME

Meghan Markle, pictured at Variety's 'Power of Women' gala where she teased 'exciting' new projects - but experts have said that Omid Scobie's book could be bad news for her reputation and deal with WME

Meghan Markle, pictured at Variety’s ‘Power of Women’ gala where she teased ‘exciting’ new projects – but experts have said that Omid Scobie’s book could be bad news for her reputation and deal with WME

Mr Scobie and sources close to Meghan insist that she had nothing to do with the book. But brand and culture expert Nick Ede says Meghan could look 'guilty by association' because the Sussexes have remained silent

Mr Scobie and sources close to Meghan insist that she had nothing to do with the book. But brand and culture expert Nick Ede says Meghan could look 'guilty by association' because the Sussexes have remained silent

Mr Scobie and sources close to Meghan insist that she had nothing to do with the book. But brand and culture expert Nick Ede says Meghan could look 'guilty by association' because the Sussexes have remained silent

Mr Scobie and sources close to Meghan insist that she had nothing to do with the book. But brand and culture expert Nick Ede says Meghan could look 'guilty by association' because the Sussexes have remained silent

Mr Scobie and sources close to Meghan insist that she had nothing to do with the book, pictured right. But brand and culture expert Nick Ede says Meghan could look ‘guilty by association’ because the Sussexes have remained silent

He added: ‘Meghan in the right hands is a superpower – the world’s most famous woman – and on paper she could make millions for herself and for whomever represents her. But she’s proving to be too hot to handle and, even though she hasn’t said anything about the book, she’s guilty by association and this is damaging for her and others as she plots her next career move’.

PR guru Mark Borkowski told MailOnline that Meghan’s post-Spare relaunch ‘is clearly not going to plan’.

MailOnline approached WME for comment.

The New York Post has reported claims that WME has been left ‘horrified’ about the potential damage Mr Scobie’s book may have done to the Sussexes’ rebrand.

An insider also told the Daily Mirror that WME are ‘exasperated’ by the ‘never-ending scandal’ around the Sussexes.

Royal expert Angela Levin told GB News: ‘They [WME] said they were “horrified”, that can’t just be about the two names that were mentioned, it must be about their client, Meghan.

‘It seems to me that they will think very carefully what they do next. I have never heard such a well-known agency be clear about how they feel.’

Scobie has come under fire after a Dutch translation of the book appeared to accuse King Charles and the Princess of Wales of racism after Meghan Markle claimed that ‘concerns’ had been raised about the skin colour of her son Archie in her bombshell Oprah interview in 2021.

MailOnline last week revealed how a Dutch translator insisted that she had been sent a manuscript which named the two senior royals. The Times later reported that Scobie’s British publisher had sent a draft copy to the Dutch translator which contained the names.

Scobie has now insisted that he wrote his book ‘at lighting speed’ – despite first announcing in July last year that he was ‘working on a brand new book’ about the Royal Family. Several months later, in December last year, he announced the books’ title, Endgame.

The Royal Family put on a united front this week amid the fallout from Scobie’s race row by attending the Buckingham Palace Christmas Diplomatic Reception.

The King is expected to consult with his son Prince William to discuss the controversy, with Palace officials understood to be ‘considering all options’ including legal action.

The Sussexes have not commented publicly on the row, but a source close to Meghan denied leaking the names to Scobie.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now have just one major media deal left with Netflix (pictured in their mini series) following the cancellation of the Duchess of Sussex's Spotify podcast, Archetypes

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now have just one major media deal left with Netflix (pictured in their mini series) following the cancellation of the Duchess of Sussex's Spotify podcast, Archetypes

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now have just one major media deal left with Netflix (pictured in their mini series) following the cancellation of the Duchess of Sussex’s Spotify podcast, Archetypes

Meghan and Janet Yang, American film producer and the current President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Variety Power of Women event last month

Meghan and Janet Yang, American film producer and the current President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Variety Power of Women event last month

Meghan and Janet Yang, American film producer and the current President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Variety Power of Women event last month

Hollywood power broker Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of the Universal Studio Group sat next to Meghan at the Variety event

Hollywood power broker Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of the Universal Studio Group sat next to Meghan at the Variety event

Hollywood power broker Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of the Universal Studio Group sat next to Meghan at the Variety event

Omid Scobie (pictured) has insisted that his controversial book accusing members of the Royal Family of racism was 'written at lightning speed' - despite having announced it last year

Omid Scobie (pictured) has insisted that his controversial book accusing members of the Royal Family of racism was 'written at lightning speed' - despite having announced it last year

Omid Scobie (pictured) has insisted that his controversial book accusing members of the Royal Family of racism was ‘written at lightning speed’ – despite having announced it last year

Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William and Princess Kate are pictured at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The senior royals put on a united front amid fallout from race row sparked by the Dutch translation of Scobie's book

Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William and Princess Kate are pictured at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The senior royals put on a united front amid fallout from race row sparked by the Dutch translation of Scobie's book

Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William and Princess Kate are pictured at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The senior royals put on a united front amid fallout from race row sparked by the Dutch translation of Scobie’s book

Omid Scobie began writing Endgame in at least July last year when he took to X, formerly Twitter, to 'finally share that I'm working on a brand new book'

Omid Scobie began writing Endgame in at least July last year when he took to X, formerly Twitter, to 'finally share that I'm working on a brand new book'

Omid Scobie began writing Endgame in at least July last year when he took to X, formerly Twitter, to ‘finally share that I’m working on a brand new book’

Scobie has refused to apologise to Charles and Kate for the embarrassing mishap which resulted in the explosive book being hooked from the shelves in the Netherlands.  

The under-fire author has shrugged off criticism claiming the names were ‘known for a long time’ and instead put the blame at the Dutch publisher’s door.

The author has said in interviews last week that he wondered why the Sussexes did not continue the discussion after Meghan accused an unnamed royal of expressing ‘concern’ about her future son Archie’s skin colour in her Oprah Winfrey chat in 2021.

He told how the row ‘disappeared out of sight’, despite the couple having a chance to say more about it in their Netflix documentary and Harry’s memoir Spare.

Scobie has been widely described as Meghan’s mouthpiece – but neither she nor Prince Harry has so far spoken up in defence of the royals over highly damaging accusations of racism. 

The fallout from the book could have serious consequences for Harry and Meghan as William is believed to ‘want action’.

Determinedly, the Royal Family has adopted a ‘business as usual’ stance, but the possibility of legal action remains. The final decision on the next step rests with Charles, who, according to sources, will not act hastily.

A Palace source has said: ‘Most right-thinking people would expect an apology – who wouldn’t?

‘Being falsely branded a racist in print is a serious allegation that must be treated seriously. All options are still on the table.’

Sources close to the Sussexes have attempted to distance the couple from the book. They say Meghan never intended the King or Princess of Wales to be publicly identified in the race row and say the letter was not leaked to Scobie by anyone close to her.

William is said to 'want action' after his wife Kate was named alongside Charles as the two Royals identified by Meghan in a private letter to the King, which claimed 'concern' was expressed about Archie's skin colour. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie in 2019

William is said to 'want action' after his wife Kate was named alongside Charles as the two Royals identified by Meghan in a private letter to the King, which claimed 'concern' was expressed about Archie's skin colour. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie in 2019

William is said to ‘want action’ after his wife Kate was named alongside Charles as the two Royals identified by Meghan in a private letter to the King, which claimed ‘concern’ was expressed about Archie’s skin colour. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie in 2019

The original 'racism' claim was made in the Sussexes' infamous March 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured)

The original 'racism' claim was made in the Sussexes' infamous March 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured)

The original ‘racism’ claim was made in the Sussexes’ infamous March 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview (pictured) 

Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie after his Christening and (left to right) Camilla, King Charles, Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle

Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie after his Christening and (left to right) Camilla, King Charles, Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle

Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie after his Christening and (left to right) Camilla, King Charles, Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother Doria Ragland, show their new son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother Doria Ragland, show their new son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother Doria Ragland, show their new son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in 2019

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are facing a mounting backlash as they continue to maintain their silence on the royal racism claims.

Conservative MP Bob Seely is putting forward a Bill that could deny the Sussexes their Duke and Duchess titles in wake of the row.

Writing in The Mail on Sunday, he said that he felt compelled to act because of the ‘use of race to smear the Royal Family’ – and proposes to revive First World War laws that could pave the way to making the couple plain Mr and Mrs Sussex.

The Isle of Wight MP wants to adapt laws originally passed to deny enemy German nobles their British titles. 

Mr Seely said he had to act because of the attempt to use race to smear the Royal Family, which he called ‘poisonously insidious’.

He is applying for his Titles Deprivation 1917 Amendment Bill to be listed on the Commons’ Order Paper next week. It would resurrect the wartime powers by removing references to ‘enemies’ and ‘present war’. 

He has cleared the wording with Parliament’s Table Office, which oversees draft legislation. 

Similarly, it has emerged that the Sussexes will not be attending the Duke of Westminster’s wedding, despite Hugh Grosvenor being one of Harry’s closest friends and godfather to his son Archie.

Harry and Meghan’s absence from the guestlist for the high society nuptials at Chester Cathedral has attracted significant interest.

The Princess of Wales looked naturally charismatic as she entertained guests at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday

The Princess of Wales looked naturally charismatic as she entertained guests at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday

The Princess of Wales looked naturally charismatic as she entertained guests at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday

Charles appeared cheerful as he greeted guests with a handshake at the glittering occasion

Charles appeared cheerful as he greeted guests with a handshake at the glittering occasion

Charles appeared cheerful as he greeted guests with a handshake at the glittering occasion

Kate was all smiles as she attended the glitzy event with her husband Prince William

Kate was all smiles as she attended the glitzy event with her husband Prince William

Kate was all smiles as she attended the glitzy event with her husband Prince William

Pictured: Kate, William, Harry and Meghan on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022

Pictured: Kate, William, Harry and Meghan on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022

Pictured: Kate, William, Harry and Meghan on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth II on September 10, 2022

Grosvenor, who invited the Prince and Princess of Wales, was said to have wanted to invite the Sussexes too but decided against it to avoid clashes on his big day amid soaring tensions following the release of Omid Scobie’s new book.  

He was also believed to be mindful of a row that complicated his sister’s wedding at the same venue in 2004, when Camilla Parker Bowles was invited but told to sit away from Prince Charles to avoid the Queen seeing them together. 

But now a different account has emerged in Page Six, with an insider claiming that Harry had been sent a ‘save the date’ for the wedding only for the prince to phone Grosvenor and tell him it would be ‘too awkward’ for him and Meghan to attend. 

‘Harry actually got a ”save the date” card a few months ago but called Hugh and said it would be too awkward if he and Meghan Markle attended, so he made his apologies and Hugh understood,’ the Sussex insider was quoted as saying. 

MailOnline has approached both the Sussexes and Duke of Westminster for comment. 

Grosvenor, 32, is to marry Olivia Henson, 30, at Chester Cathedral on June 7. The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales and Prince George, who is the Duke’s godson, are all invited. 

The Daily Mail revealed on Monday that – when putting together the guest list – Grosvenor was mindful of a royal row that complicated his sister’s ceremony at the same venue. 

‘Hugh knows how sensitive wedding invitations can be,’ a friend of the family said. 

Camilla Parker Bowles was invited to his sister Lady Tamara Grosvenor’s wedding but was told that she would not be permitted to sit with Prince Charles and would have to sit several rows back.

She would also have to arrive separately. This was because Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were due to attend the ceremony.

A Buckingham Palace courtier was quoted as saying at the time: ‘It may provoke comment on the day, but Her Majesty will also be attending and she is a stickler for protocol. 

‘A pew will be set aside for the members of the Royal Family attending, and it would be inappropriate for Mrs Parker Bowles to sit beside Prince Charles since she has no official standing. 

It was reported that Hugh Grosvenor decided not to invite the Sussexes to his wedding to Olivia Henson next June in a bid to avoid 'drama' and so that the row between Harry and William wouldn't overshadow his big day. Pictured: Hugh and Olivia in April this year

It was reported that Hugh Grosvenor decided not to invite the Sussexes to his wedding to Olivia Henson next June in a bid to avoid 'drama' and so that the row between Harry and William wouldn't overshadow his big day. Pictured: Hugh and Olivia in April this year

It was reported that Hugh Grosvenor decided not to invite the Sussexes to his wedding to Olivia Henson next June in a bid to avoid ‘drama’ and so that the row between Harry and William wouldn’t overshadow his big day. Pictured: Hugh and Olivia in April this year

Hugh Grosvenor attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle with Charlie van Straubenzee at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

Hugh Grosvenor attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle with Charlie van Straubenzee at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

Hugh Grosvenor attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle with Charlie van Straubenzee at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

The Sunday Times understands that the Duke wanted to invite Harry and Meghan but eventually decided against it as he feared the tension it would cause with the other Royals who have been invited - including the King and Queen

The Sunday Times understands that the Duke wanted to invite Harry and Meghan but eventually decided against it as he feared the tension it would cause with the other Royals who have been invited - including the King and Queen

The Sunday Times understands that the Duke wanted to invite Harry and Meghan but eventually decided against it as he feared the tension it would cause with the other Royals who have been invited – including the King and Queen

‘Even for Mrs Parker Bowles to arrive with the Prince at the event, in the presence of the Queen, would be to confer rights and status upon her that she simply does not have.’

Grosvenor is worried about anything ‘overshadowing’ the day, a friend of Harry and William said on Sunday.  

‘Hugh is one of very few close friends of William and Harry’s who has maintained strong bonds and a line of communication with both,’ the friend told the Times. 

‘He wishes they could put their heads together and patch things up, but realises it’s unlikely to happen before the wedding. He wanted to avoid anything overshadowing the day, especially for Olivia, and doesn’t want any awkwardness.’

A spokesman for the Duke said: ‘We are not in a position to comment on the guest list.’ Buckingham Palace also declined to comment.

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