Making their mark in Hollywood! Harry and Meghan sign mega Netflix deal

Sep 03, 2020
Harry and Meghan quit the British royal family and moved to California earlier this year. Source: Getty.

Prince Harry and Meghan have made another post-Megxit career move, with the couple — who quit the British royal family and moved to California, along with one-year-old son Archie, this year — signing a deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, films and children’s programs.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who recently bought a family home in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, have set up a production company to develop projects for the popular streaming service.

Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit, of courage, resilience and the need for connection,” the couple said in a statement, according to The Guardian.

“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. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”

Meanwhile, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership.

“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.”

This isn’t the first time the royal couple has dipped their toes into show business since announcing their decision to step down as senior members of the British royal family earlier this year. Meghan recently narrated a wildlife documentary for Disney, and Harry appeared in a Paralympics documentary film named Rising Pheonix.

The couple has also been busying building their own charity organisation — Archewell. Earlier this year, details of Harry and Meghan’s first venture following their departure from the frontline of the royal family were revealed by British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, who first reported that the couple were in the process of creating their own organisation which they want “to do something of meaning”.

The project will replace their Sussex Royal Foundation, which was sidelined after Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II reportedly banned the couple from using the word “royal” to market themselves. It will include their own charity, volunteering service and wide-ranging website, according to The Telegraph, who obtained copies of paperwork filed by the couple in the United States in March, ahead of their official date of departure from the royal family.

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