Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry shook the world when they announced their mega-deal with Netflix. Though it is allowing them the financial independence and creativity they’d been seeking, working with Netflix was never their original plan.
Though many people are scrutinizing the deal for the couple’s lack of producing experience and because many people dislike that they’ve left the royal fold, this was never supposed to be the plan.
In fact, Netflix only came into play when Queen Elizabeth II vetoed their original idea.
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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
Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix deal
There have been rumors that the Sussexes had something major in the works, but no one anticipated the massive Netflix deal. The production deal includes documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming. In a statement via The New York Times, the Sussexes said,
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.
“Quibi had a huge offer out to Meghan Markle that was in the tens of millions,” the insider told Us Weekly. “Netflix swooped in and their production deal is worth over 100 million.”
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Prince Harry and Markle did not tell Queen Elizabeth about their Netflix deal
When Meghan and Prince Harry signed their Netflix deal, they did not tell anyone in the British royal family. A royal insider told US Weekly,
Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal. Her Majesty is all too aware of the pitfalls of when senior royals embark on lucrative projects—Prince Edwards’ production flop and some of the deals Sarah Ferguson has signed over the years to name a few. Her view is simple, the Royals are not for sale and danger surrounds high profile roles outside of the institution itself. But knowing her grandson Harry as she does, the Queen will know there would have been little chance of talking Harry and Meghan out of it.
The Sussexes seem thrilled about their deal with has allowed them financial independence just six months after exiting the royal family. It also allowed them to repay the taxpayers’ funds for renovations on their UK estate Frogmore cottage.
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More from tonight as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined veterans, serving members, world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines for the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music — an event to help raise funds on behalf of the @RoyalMarines Charity. Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton
Netflix was the Sussexes backup plan
Originally, Netflix wasn’t even in the cards for Meghan and Prince Harry. They had other plans. “They also had to pivot from their full plan,” Rachel Bowie said on Royally Obsessed. “They were going to do SussexRoyal, but the Queen put a stop to that. They really had a different idea in their heads in January of how this would all go. So I’m curious how long the Netflix deal has been in discussions, but I feel like they have made things happen.”
Bowie’s co-host, royal expert Roberta Fiorito agreed that this was a major move for the Sussex. She said via Express,
It must have felt kind of nice to put in writing and release that information that they haven’t been receiving any money. It confirms that they are doing this on their own and they planned for that and are going to be alright.
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