A flailing charity and a disappearing act: What Meghan and Harry’s life looks like now.

The couple were then involved in a car chase with paparazzi in New York in May. But while the pair were terrified during the ordeal and their team calling it “near catastrophic”, various media outlets and royalists criticised Prince Harry and Markle for playing up an exaggerated version of events.

Then in June, Spotify abruptly cut ties with Meghan, declining to renew her podcast, Archetypes, for a second season and ending what would’ve been a very lucrative deal. The decision came not too long after Netflix abandoned its animated series Pearl, which Markle was supposed to narrate.

Of course, with the November release of the new royals book Endgame, written by journalist and author Omid Scobie, the pot was stirred once again for the former royals – although it seems the pair are lying low amid the chaos this time around.

It’s a purposeful move from the Duchess, who “doesn’t want anything to do with it”, Scobie told PEOPLE magazine. 

“For Harry it’s different,” Scobie continued. “He still has unfinished business when it comes to his battles with the press. 

“His challenge will be to find something that balances that out so we can see him working in a space that isn’t connected to the ties that bind from the past,” Scobie added.

But on the work front, things have been looking fairly grim, too, with the organisation they founded, the Archewell Foundation, taking a massive financial hit this year – to the tune of a reported AU$16.7 million.

Just this week, tax filings showed that in 2022, only two major donors gave around AU$1.5 million each – a huge drop compared to the almost AU$15 million they received from an unidentified donor a year prior.

Despite this, a clip showing Archewell’s 2023 impact was released, promoting a seemingly successful 12 months. In the short video, the Duke and Duchess show the people and causes their foundation helped in 2023, including a mental health summit talk, a group of workers rebuilding a playground in Uvalde, Texas, following the school shooting, and Markle hosting a panel discussion at the World Mental Health Day Festival.