Meghan and Harry ‘want limelight’ despite calling for privacy – ex-Queen adviser

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been "drip-feeding" the media with details about their new life despite slamming media intrusion into their lives before they left, the Queen's former press secretary has claimed.

Dickie Arbiter said he found it "extraordinary" that the couple stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family and moved across the world only to continue to publicise their actions.

The royal expert told True Royalty TV's Royal Beat: "I find it extraordinary that two people who left basically because they felt press intrusion and yet in the past 12 months we've had nothing but drip-feeding the press about things that they're doing."

Last week it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a podcasting deal with Spotify reportedly worth up to £30 million.

They'll produce and host their own shows as part of the newly formed Archewell Audio, beginning with a holiday special episode that the couple hopes will "uplift audiences around the world".

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It's the second multi-million dollar entertainment deal Harry and Meghan have signed in recent months.

In September it was revealed they had agreed on a multi-year arrangement with streaming giant Netflix, which will see them produce content including documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and family programming.

The couple could earn as much as £112million from the massive deal, according to reports.

Recently the Sussexes also announced the first project for their charitable foundation Archewell, as they pledged around $200,000 (£147,000) for four relief centres.

They also announced a partnership with the World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

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Mr Arbiter, who was press spokesman for Her Majesty from 1988 until 2000, has also claimed that Meghan is the one calling the shots in the relationship.

He believes the 39-year-old American is responsible for the couple's recent major life changes because she "can't accept being in the second row".

"Their world was their oyster and they blew it," he said.

"They literally blew it, they had everything (but) I don't think everything was what Meghan wanted.

"Harry was the spare and the Cambridges are the heirs. He accepted his role, he was always born to that.

"Until Meghan came along and she could not accept that. She couldn't accept being in the second row."

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