Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Confirm Their First Netflix Series

Olivia Blair
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's post-working royal life has involved signing a deal with Netflix.

The New York Times reported in September 2020 that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex founded a production company (later confirmed to be Archewell Productions) and signed a multiyear deal with the steaming service, which will pay them to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.

While Meghan previously declared that she had no plans to continue her acting career during her engagement interview in November 2017, the former Suits star may appear in front of the camera again with her husband for their Netflix projects.

‘Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,’ the couple said in a statement confirming the news. 'As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.’

The couple added that the streaming platform’s ‘unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action’.

‘We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere,’ Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-chief executive and chief content officer, has reportedly stated.

In February, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle elaborated on their decision to sign a deal with Netflix when they sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a televised interview special which dominated global headlines for many days.

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Prince Harry told Winfrey that making deals with 'streamers' was never in their plan, but was suggested to them by a friend. He also said the reason they are doing it is to be able to afford the appropriate level of security for his family. Since stepping back as senior working members of the royal family, they are financially independent from the monarchy and no longer receiving taxpayer's money and royal funding.

'We're certainly not complaining,' Harry was sure to say. 'Our life is great now. We've got a beautiful house, I've got a beautiful family, the dogs are really happy... from my perspective all I needed was enough money to pay for security to keep my family safe.'

Prince Harry later opened up about being able to buy the house due to the inheritance he received from his late mother, Princess Diana, but needed the top-up of income for security costs.

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In recent months, Harry and Meghan have also collaborated with Disney and Apple on projects and Variety recently reported that the couple met with NBCUniversal.

Harry and Meghan’s new Netflix deal signals a landmark decision for the pair who follow in the footsteps of friends Barack and Michelle Obama.

In 2018, Netflix signed the former US President Barack Obama and US first lady to work on scripted and unscripted series as well as docu-series, documentary films, and multi-million pound feature productions.

Earlier this year, the film American Factory, which the Obamas produced, took home the award for best documentary at the 92nd Oscars.

What TV shows have been confirmed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Netflix partnership?

On April 6, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first programme for Netflix was confirmed as a documentary series about the Invictus Games, which Prince Harry established in aid of wounded veterans in 2014.

The documentary, Heart of Invictus, will tell the human stories behind the athletes - who are all former service members - as they prepare for the next games which will take place in The Hague in 2022.

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In a statement, reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Prince Harry said: 'Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year,' said the Duke of Sussex. '... I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service.'

According to the outlet, Prince Harry will appear in the docu-series and executive produce it.

What will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Netflix shows be about?

Most of the partnership's subject matter is a mystery right now, but given what we know about the couple's interests and passions, we've selected some potential topic areas:

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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

What else are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry up to?

In June, it was revealed that the couple had signed to the same speaking agency as their friends Michelle and Barack Obama. Since leaving the White House, the 44th President and First Lady have also founded a production company, Higher Ground - which even won an Oscar last year for its documentary American Factory. So, if Meghan and Harry need any advice, they know who to call.

Harry and Meghan also joined forces with Spotify to produce a podcast through their company, Archewell Audio which will be about giving voices to inspirational people. It was also recently confirmed that Prince Harry has also started working with two companies and initiatives, meanwhile the couple are still launching their own nonprofit organisation, Archewell - named in honour of their son.

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