Meghan Markle's A-list party appearance is viewed as a 'slick power play' but in Hollywood you're only as good as your last hit – whether you are a 'duchess or a doorman', industry expert reveals
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
There is an old saying in Hollywood that you are only as good as your last hit.
So when Meghan Markle made a triumphant return to the red carpet last week at the prestigious Power Of Women gala, alongside stars such as Margot Robbie, Carey Mulligan and Leo DiCaprio, the significance was lost on no one.
The show covered their relationship from courtship to quitting as senior Royals, and remains Netflix’s highest-rated documentary debut.
But a year is a lifetime in Hollywood.
Since that show, Archewell has struggled to find a follow-up hit. A series about world leaders, Live To Lead, was a ratings flop. A show about Harry’s ‘passion project’, the Invictus Games – named Heart Of Invictus – was deemed ‘worthy but dull’ by critics.
Meghan’s children’s cartoon series Pearl was cancelled and then the couple’s $20 million podcast deal with Spotify was canned ingloriously, with one executive branding the couple ‘grifters’.
This all made Meghan’s ‘surprise’ appearance at Thursday’s power-packed dinner the more meaningful. The Duchess, 42, beamed as she told how she was ‘thrilled’ to be back home in LA, adding: ‘We have so many exciting things on the slate. I can’t wait until we can announce them but I’m just really proud of what we’re creating. My husband is loving it too, which is really fun.’
In a town where image is everything, Meghan’s solo appearance – casually elegant in a £1,250 one-shouldered Proenza Schouler gown – is the start of what the MoS has been told is a ‘strategic effort’ to relaunch her as a power player in her own right.