Meghan and Harry suffering brand crisis after Obama snub, commentator claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are suffering a test of the strength of their brand following a so-called "Obama snub", according to a news host.

The Sussexes were not at the former US President's 60th birthday celebration on Martha's Vineyard on August 7 and there have been claims they were never on the original 475 people guest list, which has not been published.

Harry's former biographer claimed Meghan "desperately" wanted to be at the star-studded party, while other sources said the couple were still on parental leave following the birth of baby daughter Lilibet.

Political commentator Patrick Christys said on GB News he believed the "fakery" of Los Angeles would be more difficult to keep up with than the relative safety of an old institution of the Royal Family.

He told viewers: "Meghan and Harry as a brand can now only survive if they remain popular with their Hollywood pals.

"The 'Obama snub' is a sign really that, surprise surprise, their shallow friendships might not stand the test of time.

"As a rule, if you have to import celebrities like George Clooney to come to your own wedding, don't be surprised if those friendships turn out to be nothing more than skin deep.

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He added: "Class is permanent but everything in Hollywood is temporary."

Mr Christys appeared to be referencing an article by Rachel Johnson in AirMail following Meghan and Harry's wedding.

The journalist wrote: "There’s a story doing the rounds that while Carolyn Bartholomew, Diana’s former flatmate, was waiting for the wedding service to start, she turned to the couple [George and Amal Clooney] alongside her and asked how they knew Harry or Meghan.

"'We don’t', the Clooneys answered brightly."

This comes after Meghan's estranged father, Thomas Markle, again complained about Prince Harry and said he never asked him for his daughter's "hand in marriage".

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