To say it's a busy and exciting time for Meghan Markle would be an understatement. Not only has she recently welcomed her second child with Prince Harry, a daughter named Lili, but she's rapidly growing her reputation as a storyteller. A month after the release of her first children's book The Bench, Meghan has announced she's bringing out a TV series.
Archewell, the production company set up by Meghan and Harry, and Netflix have announced the Duchess is the creator behind Pearl a new “family series that centres on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history.”
Meghan will also be the show's executive producer alongside a team featuring David Furnish, husband of Sir Elton John.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Meghan said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”
Megan Casey, the director of original animation at Netflix described the series as: “An exciting tale that weaves together fantasy and history" and "focuses on a young girl who learns to step into her own power when she embarks on a heroic adventure and meets important women from history along the way."
The news about Meghan's move into TV production comes shortly after her first children's book was released, featuring references to her family life at home.
The story is about the bond between a father and son, seen through a mother's eyes, and although the illustrations feature a range of different dads with their children, some bear a striking resemblance to Meghan's own family.
Meghan dedicated the book to “the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump”, the first touching reference to the Duke of Sussex and their two-year-old son, Archie Harrison.
The Bench’s final illustration shows a red-haired man helping a young boy feed chickens while a dark-haired woman stands in a garden cradling a baby – this scene seems to closely mirror the Sussex family's appearance and lifestyle and looks like a reference to new baby Lilibet 'Lili' Diana.
Who knows whether Pearl will also give a nod to Meghan's family? For now, we'll have to wait and see...
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