The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their deal with Netflix in September 2020 but have yet to release any content. The exact details of the deal have not been revealed, but multiple reports suggest it could be worth in excess of $100million (£72million). Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti said Netflix should “rethink the whole idea”.
He told Geo News, “With Netflix losing subscribers so quickly, they might reconsider the whole idea of doing and airing the Meghan and Harry program after all.
“After all, we know what’s going on in their lives because they’ve barely handled it all with reserve.
“It will be like the official version of the story according to the couple, so it will likely be tweaked and edited to present their preferred version of events.
“Everything we see now in advance feels like a behind-the-scenes movie before the main show even happens.”
Announcing their deal with the streaming platform in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said their “focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope”.
In a statement, they said: “Our lives, both independently and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: courage, resilience and the need for connection.
“By working with diverse communities and their environments to shed light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.
“As new parents, it’s also important for us to create inspirational family programming, as well as powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.
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“We’re excited to be working with Ted and the team at Netflix, whose unparalleled reach will help us share impactful content that inspires action.”
Meghan and Harry were previously criticized by royal commentator Angela Levin for not producing content.
Speaking of her deal with Netflix, she said: “Not just a disaster, but the fact that it was announced last July and it still doesn’t seem to have anything to show for it.
“Being a king opens all doors for you, but when you leave you can’t just take the money you need to do something.”
This comes after Netflix pulled the plug on Meghan Markle’s Pearl – a feminist cartoon about a teenage girl who learns about influential women throughout history.
Announced last summer, Meghan said: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl finds herself on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to navigate life’s daily challenges.
“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, in partnership with Netflix’s powerful platform and these incredible producers, will bring together this new animated series that celebrates exceptional women throughout history.
“David Furnish and I have been very keen to bring this special series to light and I’m delighted to announce it today.”
The reported cuts in Netflix production come after it was revealed that the streaming platform lost 200,000 subscribers in the first three months of the year.