Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have left their royals duties behind, but now they’re pursuing new ventures. The pair just signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to form a new production company.
The New York Times reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be creating of content for the streaming platform. This includes documentaries, feature films, scripted series, and children’s programming as part of an exclusive deal.
“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” said Harry and Meghan in a recent statement.
They indicated that their status as parents to little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor means creating “inspirational family programming” is important to them. They also want to focus on “powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.” The couple may actually appear in some of the content they create through their production company. But don’t get your hopes up. It doesn’t mean Meghan is planning to return to the acting world. Before her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan perviously starred in the series Suits as attorney Rachel Zane.
It’s unclear what the pair’s first project will be, or what kind of payment they’ll be receiving. Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, co-chief executive and chief content officer, is “incredibly proud” that the royals have landed with the streaming giant. Previously, Meghan provided a voiceover as narrator for Disney’s Elephant.
Harry recently debuted in the Netflix documentary Rising Phoenix. The film covers the trials and tribulations of athletes at the Paralympic Games. This isn’t the pair’s first rodeo with entertainment, but it’ll be their first brush with a production company role.
The royals are currently living in Los Angeles with son Archie. They made the choice to step down from their roles in the Royal Family earlier this March. Since then, they’ve been living with coronavirus the same as the rest of us. This is a huge step forward for them in terms of public moves. It should be intriguing to see what they do next with this new business move.
[H/T: Daily Mail]