Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed a £112million Netflix deal earlier last year, about a year after they announced their departure from the royal family. However, the pair have yet to produce content for the streaming service, although it was promised their partnership would deliver documentaries, children’s programs, scripted shows and feature films.
In the first three months of 2022, Netflix laid off 150 employees to reduce its costs due to falling revenue and a loss of 200,000 users.
Royal expert Daniela Elser recently stressed that the upcoming Queen’s Jubilee could be the perfect opportunity for Netflix to evaluate their deal with Meghan and Harry.
She describes it as a “make or break moment” for the couple’s partnership with Netflix.
However, The Sun reported earlier this month that palace assistants will stop the couple’s Netflix crews from filming royal events.
A source said: “While the family is delighted that Harry and Meghan are coming, there is a real fear of tension, particularly towards a Netflix crew.
“There are concerns that tensions could explode as the Netflix team comes to the UK and seeks to capitalize on its opportunities.”
They added, “Senior courtiers believe Netflix will see it as a great opportunity to exploit their mega-million deal with the couple.”
A team of palace assistants is reportedly on hand to act as minders and block the shooting.
Meghan and Harry are traveling to the UK for the anniversary celebrations with their two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, 11 months.
It is believed they will be staying at Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage during their visit – their first home after marrying in 2018 – and the Mirror reports that Netflix bosses are hoping they can film at the couple’s first family home.
Netflix announced earlier this month that development on Meghan’s animated series Pearl has ended.
The series, which Meghan served as executive producer, was set to focus on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women in history.
Despite this, the streaming giant said Archewell Productions remains a valued partner and that they continue to collaborate on multiple projects.
Harry’s Heart of Invictus docu-series, which follows contenders at the Invictus Games, is yet to be released and the pair were spotted filming for the show at the Hague event last month.
This is due for release later this year or early 2023 and will be the first installment of Meghan and Harry on the streaming service.
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