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An audience with Meghan and Harry

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WITH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying fame and adulation in the United States and their exciting tie-in with Netflix reaping rewards, it is time to catch up with them both at the offices of Earl Huckleberry – Executive President (Content and Programming) for the streaming giant.

EH: A very warm welcome to Los Gatos, Your Royal Highnesses. I cannot tell you how thrilled we are to have you both here today, I mean, literally, in person.

Meghan: Thank you, Earl, but we are no longer Royal Highnesses, just plain old Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

EH: OK, right, that old English class thing, eh? Very confusing for us Yanks. What should I call you both?

Meghan: Well, just Duchess is fine with me.

EH: Okey dokey, your Royal Duchness.

Harry: Actually, you should use the form ‘Your Grace’.

Meghan: Oh, there you go again Captain Sensible, yawn, yawn, yawn – titles, who cares? ( she rolls her eyes).

EH: Right, tricky things these titles, but anyway Your High Grace, you have some exciting new programming ideas from Archewell that you want to pitch today. Let me tell you I cannot contain my excitement! The Invictus Games was truly awesome and inspiring, so just fire away when you’re ready.

Meghan: Right, well like, just bear with me here. Imagine you are at home and it’s getting towards ten o’clock and you’re like sitting there wondering what’s happened in the world today. I mean not just in your country but things going on all over the world. What do you do?

EH: I really don’t know where you’re going with this, Your Royal Dutch, but I’m all ears.

Meghan: Well, imagine a show where you tell people what’s occurred during the day, I mean big things, wars and the like and other important stuff. Maybe you have a presenter located in a studio and he has other people who talk about subjects they are expert in. I think that could be really interesting, I have even thought of a sort of title, but obviously you might have a better handle on this being in the business of entertainment.

EH: Whatever Your High Grace thinks would be a good title I’m sure will be great, what ya thinkin of?

Meghan: News at Ten.

There is a pregnant pause.

EH: News at Ten? Sure, sounds snappy, Your Duchness, and we value your thought here. Tell you what, I am just going to nip to the office next door where we have our current affairs team and I will sound them out, let’s call it instant feedback.

Earl leaves the room and Harry and Meghan remain silent. Suddenly there is loud guffawing coming from the adjacent room. Earl returns, closing the door quietly.

EH: Well, Your High Grace Duchess, they like the idea, absolutely one hundred and ten per cent. They are going to review it and come back with their initial thoughts as to how we could make this happen, but terrific and just the sort of blue sky thinking that we expected from you. Hit me with your next shot!

Meghan: So you know how much people like music and dressing up?

EH: Yes siree!

Meghan: Well, what I am thinking of is, like combining the two elements, music and costumes but with an original twist. What about a programme that has members of the public talking about their favourite musical artist and then dress up as them?  I’m thinking wigs, outfits, the whole lot and they sing one of their idol’s big hits? You know like maybe, someone’s a big Elvis fan and he gets to wear a white sequined jumpsuit, big sideburns, and he sings Suspicious Minds. He’s introduced as Joe Ordinary and says: ‘Tonight I am going to be Elvis Presley’ and he emerges on stage in a cloud of dry ice as his hero. It could be called Stars In Their Eyes.

A long awkward silence is broken by Earl.

EH: Stars In Their Eyes? Well, it’s got a ring to it, Your Amazing Grace. I think I will need to talk this through with the content team but I like where you’re coming from.

Meghan turns to her husband and taps her head with her forefinger. ‘See, Harry, it’s a creative hothouse in here.’ Harry gazes adoringly at his wife and tells her: ‘You’re the business, honeybun.’

Earl looks at his phone.

EH: Sorry to have to do this to you two but I have an urgent meeting to go to. Rest assured though we are absolutely thrilled at these fantastic ideas. I am sure we can flesh them out going forward. Great thought process from the two of you and I can confidently predict great ratings and reviews. If you don’t hear from us in a month or two though, feel free to chase us up . . . busy, busy, busy – must fly!

Earl smiles broadly, shakes hands and leaves the room loudly whistling Patsy Cline’s classic Crazy.

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Alexander McKibbin
Alexander McKibbin
Alexander McKibbin is a retired media executive who worked across domestic and international media.

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