Meghan Markle, 39, started working on his Netflix project with David Furnish, husband of musician Elton John, long before leaving England, in 2018, reported this Sunday the site Page Six. Apparently Markle and Furnish were in negotiations with Netflix while Markle was still an active high-level member of the British royal family and still lived behind the walls of Kensington Palace.
In March during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry insisted that neither he nor his wife had thought about partnering with firms like Netflix and Spotify until they left the UK and moved into a $14 million mansion in California.
Harry, 36, complained that in early 2020 his family cut them off financially after the so-called Megxit. During the couple’s interview with Oprah, Elizabeth II’s grandson asserted that the big deals they did once they moved to California”were never part of the plan“, and added: “That was suggested by someone else when my family literally cut off my financial aid, and I had to pay for security for ourselves.”.
The Duke of Sussex said they were able to start a new life thanks to the millions left to him by his late mother, Princess Diana. “I have what my mother left me, and without that, we wouldn’t have been able to do this.”, he said, then added, “From my perspective, all I needed was enough money to pay for security and keep my family safe.”
Last week the Duchess of Sussex announced that she will produce a children’s animated series called “Pear”, whose story will revolve around the adventures of a girl. In this way the former American actress and Prince Harry announced their second project for Netflix with Archewell Productions, the audiovisual company they created last year.
Furnish himself admitted that they had worked together on the project for some time. “I’m thrilled that we can finally announce this exciting animated series. The team collaborating on the series is top notch, and Netflix is the perfect partner.”
In a statement, Markle, who is currently on leave following the birth of her daughter Lilibet, said: “I am delighted that Archewell Productions, in partnership with Netflix and these incredible producers, is bringing you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I were eager to bring this special project to light and I am delighted to be able to announce it today.”
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.“, he added.
“Pearl” is the provisional title of the animated series, which has no release date yet, and will follow a young woman who is inspired by influential women in history while on a “heroic adventure,” according to the specialized site Variety.
Meanwhile, Harry prepares a documentary series about the Invictus Games and was recently part of Apple’s mental health + program “The Me You Can’t See” with partner Oprah Winfrey; an agreement signed in early 2019 before leaving the royal family.
On February 19, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to Elizabeth II that they would not return to work as members of the British royal family, having decided a year ago to step away from the monarchy, start a new life outside the United Kingdom and be financially independent. Upon this confirmation, the Queen of England, 95, decided to withdraw from her grandson – sixth in the line of succession to the British throne – the honorary patronages she held and distribute them to other members of the family.