When Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced they would be leaving the British royal family to become financially independent, they were met with scorn and apprehension.
Fans of the royal family could not seem to understand the Sussexes frustration with The Firm, and many blamed Prince Harry for going “Hollywood” and avoiding his responsibilities to Queen Elizabeth II and his family.
Thankfully, the duke and duchess didn’t let the naysayers deter them. Now, just six months after their final royal engagements, the pair have signed a mega-watt deal with media giant Netflix.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are adding producers to their résumés. 🎥 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a multiyear deal with Netflix, and their unnamed production company is set to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming exclusively for the streaming giant. "As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens," Meghan and Harry said in a statement. ❤️ Tap the bio link for all the details. 📷: Gareth Fuller-Pool/Getty
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be creating stories for Netflix
Though Meghan and Prince Harry have not announced how much they are earning from their Netflix deal, experts are estimating that it was worth upward of $100 million. According to The New York Times, the deal includes documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.
We do know that it has given them total financial independence and allowed them to repay the $3 million owed for the renovations for their U.K. residence Frogmore Cottage. The Sussexes said in a statement,
Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us. Netflix’s unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix deal is getting mixed reviews
Though Netflix is certainly an exciting endeavor for the duke and duchess, not everyone seems very pleased with the deal. According to The Sun, a YouGov survey is reporting 64 percent of the U.K. respondents said they were “not interested at all” in anything the Sussexes might have to offer on the streaming platform.
However, since this is such a small sample of the population, we’re going to have to take the YouGov survey with a grain of salt. Netflix for one is thrilled about the partnership. On CNBC’s Squawk Box Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings said,
It’s gonna be epic entertainment—so excited about that deal. They’re smart—they were shopping it around across all of the major companies, and I think we really put together the best complete package, and we’re going to do a wide range of entertainment with them. I think it’ll be some of the most exciting, most viewed content next year.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have to avoid Prince Edward’s TV career mistakes
We’re not sure what the Sussexes content will look, but in order to succeed, they can not follow in the same footsteps as Prince Harry’s uncle, Prince Edward, who has a very interesting career in TV.
In the late 1980s after leaving the Royal Marines, Prince Edward went into entertainment. Unfortunately, he was not successful. His first venture into TV was 1987’s The Grand Knockout Tournament, also known as It’s a Royal Knockout. Royal historian Ben Pimlott called the game show, “excruciating.”
His biggest gaffe came in 2001 when his production company tried to film Prince William while he was a student at the University of St Andrews. Prince Charles reportedly went ballistic, and Prince Edward denied knowing anything about it. Ultimately, the prince’s company, Ardent Productions, failed to make a profit and was liquidated in 2009.
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