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Meghan Markle's rumored Dior deal 'a logical step' to 'cash in' before her star fades, author claims

After parting ways with Spotify, Meghan Markle is allegedly seeking a deal made fit for a duchess — and she may have her eyes set on one couture house.

An unnamed Beverly Hills socialite alleged to The Mail on Sunday that the Duchess of Sussex is in the process of penning a deal with Dior to “re-invent” her image. The source insisted that the possible bid from her talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, is “all anyone is talking about.”

A spokesperson for the 41-year-old, WME and Dior didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

“Meghan and Dior would seem like a logical fit,” Christopher Andersen, author of “The King,” told Fox News Digital. “It’s a very tentative first step into the endorsement world and a very upscale one at that.”

Princess Diana wearing a blue lace dress surrounded by a crowd

From left: French actress Isabelle Adjani, Hélène Arnault and Princess Diana attend the 50th anniversary of The House of Dior at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  (Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)

“And why not go all the way?” he argued. “It’s not hard to imagine Meghan as the face of L’Oréal or even Harry flashing a Rolex in one of those full-page ads in Vanity Fair or better yet, hawking a Cartier tank watch like the one his mother Princess Diana used to wear.”

Meghan Markle wearing a white coat dress next to Prince Harry wearing a suit and medals

Meghan Markle wore Dior for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.  (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

But not so fast. A source at the French fashion house denied rumors of an imminent deal to The Telegraph. According to the outlet, the source noted that reports crowning a new “Duchess of Dior” has left the team in Paris “nonplussed as to how the story came about.”

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also told the outlet that the story isn’t true.

Dior’s relationship with the British royal family goes further back beyond Princess Diana, the outlet revealed. Christian Dior himself was said to be “infatuated” by Princess Margaret’s hourglass figure. The late queen’s sister became an inspiration for the designer. She went on to routinely wear his pieces.

Other royal families have developed “special relationships” with Dior in more recent years, the outlet reported. Queen Rania of Jordan wore Dior Couture for both of her children’s weddings this spring. Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Olympia of Greece, Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Lady Amelia Windsor — Harry’s cousin — are all admirers of Dior.

A black and white photo of Christian Dior and Princess Margaret standing next to each other

French couturier Christian Dior is seen here showing Princess Margaret his Paris showroom. (Mike Lawn/Getty Images)

Andersen noted that a partnership with Markle can be done — but it won’t escape scrutiny.

Meghan Markle wearing a black sweater listening to headphones

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently announced they were parting ways with Spotify. It’s unclear whether their podcast ‘Archetypes’ will secure a new home. ( DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

And the couple needs a new paycheck. It was recently announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were parting ways with Spotify less than a year after the Season 1 premiere of their podcast “Archetypes.”

In December 2020, the couple signed a three-year podcasting deal that, according to industry sources, was worth between $15 million to $18 million, Forbes reported. Some reports indicated that the deal was worth as much as $25 million.

“Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together,” a joint statement from Spotify and Archewell sent to FOX Business said.


A close-up of Prince Harry in a suit

Prince Harry recently sported Dior for his ongoing court battles. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

“The Sussexes may be more valuable as unofficial ambassadors than official ones,” British royal expert Hilary Fordwich told Fox News Digital about the Dior rumors.

Fordwich said there was “considerable speculation” after Harry appeared at the coronation wearing the brand.

“Budweiser is a good example of how polarizing a product isn’t good for the bottom line,” she added.


Prince Harry looking serious

Prince Harry attended his father’s coronation in May wearing Dior. (Andy Stenning/Pool via REUTERS)

All eyes will continue to be on the Sussexes and their next move as non-working royals. They reside in California with their two young children.

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