From Private Life To Netflix Deal: Meghan And Harry's Streaming Shows

Earlier this year the world stopped and watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle renounced their royal duties in the pursuit of a quiet and simple life. However, just a few months later they are back on the news with something that doesn’t quite make sense if you are looking for privacy: they just signed a deal with the streaming giant Netflix. “What?” you say, yes, our reaction exactly. Let’s discuss it!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chesnot | Netflix logo is displayed on the screen of a television on October 23, 2018 in Paris, France. | For Illustrative Purposes.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chesnot | Netflix logo is displayed on the screen of a television on October 23, 2018 in Paris, France. | For Illustrative Purposes.


MEGXIT: LEAVING THE ROYAL FAMILY, HOW IT ALL STARTED?

You don’t need to be a follower of the Royal Family to know the scandal that happened earlier this year. Yes, we are talking about Megxit - the royal couple, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, announced to the world that they were leaving their royal duties behind and trying to focus on a quieter life abroad. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Leon Neal | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Leon Neal | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

According to several reports, including the all telling book “Finding Freedom”, the pair wanted to get away from the intrusion from the press, whose commentaries about Meghan were never friendly. They moved to Canada and shortly after relocated to the United States to live in Markle’s home town, Los Angeles.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Copies of 'Finding Freedom' are stacked up in Waterstones Piccadilly on August 11, 2020 in London, England. Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family is a biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, written by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie and published by Harper Collins.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Copies of 'Finding Freedom' are stacked up in Waterstones Piccadilly on August 11, 2020 in London, England. Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family is a biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, written by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie and published by Harper Collins.


SURVIVING OUT OF THE ROYAL FAMILY MONEY WISE

The royal couple bought a home in Montecito, in California, and apparently they really weren’t struggling to make ends meet even without the money from their royal connections. According to their website, 95% of their income is earned through the property and financial investments from the Duchy of Cornwall, which made £21.6m ($28.7m) just last year.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Victoria Jones - WPA Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Victoria Jones - WPA Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England.

According to some sources, the couple is still to receive money from Harry’s father, however, it hasn’t been released if this money will come from Prince Charles’ personal wealth, the Duchy, or perhaps a combination of the two. It is though, confirmed, that the couple stopped receiving money from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Max Mumby / Indigo | Prince Harry and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Gurkha 200 Pageant at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on June 9, 2015 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Max Mumby / Indigo | Prince Harry and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Gurkha 200 Pageant at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on June 9, 2015 in London, England.


WHAT HAVE THE SUSSEXES BEEN DOING SINCE THEN?

Earlier this year, in April, to be precise, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would set up a charitable organization which they would call Archewell. However, sources have come forward mentioning that the couple is not putting the cart before the horse, as they have learned from their past mistakes.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hannah Mckay - Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equitation Sports on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hannah Mckay - Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equitation Sports on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.

“They are in no hurry to launch Archewell, they want to get it right, that’s really important to them,” royal reporter Katie Nicholl commented. “This is something that they want to do for the rest of their lives, so they’re not going to be pressured into launching something that’s still in the relatively early stages of development.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018.


ARCHEWELL: THE ROYAL’S FOCUS

“Everything they’re doing at the moment is part of Archewell,” Cosmopolitan reported. “Whether COVID or their ongoing charity work, it’s all part of how they’re working on Archewell and developing their work and focus going forward. Their team has been working on [various] issues and tech-for-good behind the scenes since the beginning of the year.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Charley Gallay / WireImage | Actress Meghan Markle attends Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle celebrate the launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection at Chateau Marmont on September 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Charley Gallay / WireImage | Actress Meghan Markle attends Madewell, Alexa Chung & InStyle celebrate the launch of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection at Chateau Marmont on September 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.


NETFLIX JOINS THE DRAMA: HOW DID THIS ALL HAPPEN?

After announcing the need for a quiet life, the Sussexes came forward with the news that they signed a production deal with Netflix. This is also following the example of other high-profile people, such as Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Why did they do this?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kensington Palace | In this handout photo issued by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry (left) poses with former US President Barack Obama following a meeting at Kensington Palace on May 27, 2017 in London.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kensington Palace | In this handout photo issued by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry (left) poses with former US President Barack Obama following a meeting at Kensington Palace on May 27, 2017 in London.

Well, it seems that there were many things that led to this decision. “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 royal couple confirmed in a statement. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.


THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION

The statement continued that “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.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson - WPA Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the official opening of the Barking & Dagenham Future Youth Zone on April 11, 2019 in Dagenham, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson - WPA Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the official opening of the Barking & Dagenham Future Youth Zone on April 11, 2019 in Dagenham, England.

Both Harry and Meghan had previous experience in this field, with Megan’s previous career as an actress, and Harry’s previous experience and involvement in several projects in streaming platforms. However, like with anything that celebrities do, there was a social media backlash, and a number of people came forward sharing their opinions on the matter.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robert Ascroft / USA Network / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in the television series "Suits".

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robert Ascroft / USA Network / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in the television series "Suits".


THE ONLINE CRITICS TAKE TO THE KEYBOARD

Mahyar Tousi, a known YouTuber, mentioned that "Harry and Meghan demanded a quiet life so they left the royal family. Now they’re getting ready for shows, movies, red carpets, and celebrity parties." However, even though the comments were not incredibly positive thus far, certain commentators have shared a different perspective on the topic.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Niall Carson - Pool | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast where they met some of Northern Ireland's brightest young entrepreneurs on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Niall Carson - Pool | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast where they met some of Northern Ireland's brightest young entrepreneurs on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland.

“This proves it's not what you can do, it is who you are. [...] I imagine Prince Charles will be relieved as they will be off his payroll now, and the British public will be relieved because they can pay back what they owe now on Frogmore Cottage, so it's a win-win situation,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward told MailOnline.

Image Credits: Getty Images / James Devaney | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave Buckingham Palace in a carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / James Devaney | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave Buckingham Palace in a carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.


NETFLIX’ STANCE ON THE MATTER: WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO SAY?

So far, Netflix seems to be happy with the deal they just signed. Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer of the platform, commented that “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Victoria Jones - WPA Pool | Prince Harry attends 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner in aid of Wellchild at the Victoria and Albert Museum on October 11, 2017 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Victoria Jones - WPA Pool | Prince Harry attends 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner in aid of Wellchild at the Victoria and Albert Museum on October 11, 2017 in London, England.

“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,” Sarandos continued. Considering that there are several platforms like Netflix’, keeping the Royals in their loop is good, especially after the success of “The Crown”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | (L-R) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) watch the fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping The Colour ceremony on June 13, 2015 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century, when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | (L-R) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) watch the fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping The Colour ceremony on June 13, 2015 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century, when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.


“THE CROWN” SHOWED NETFLIX HOW TO MAKE A GOOD DEAL

According to Tom Harrington, who works at Enders Analysis as a broadcast industry expert, commented on how “The Crown”’s popularity was a trigger to Netflix’ interest in signing a deal with the Sussexes. However, he added, “The Sussexes may imagine they will dictate the shows they want to make but Netflix will have a firm hand on the tiller.” 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gabby Jones / Bloomberg | An Apple Inc. laptop computer displays the home screen for the Netflix Inc. original series 'The Crown.' | For Illustrative Purposes.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gabby Jones / Bloomberg | An Apple Inc. laptop computer displays the home screen for the Netflix Inc. original series 'The Crown.' | For Illustrative Purposes.

The Royal couple, which has some experience in acting and being part of shows, mostly from Markel’s experience in the series “Suits” and her narration of Disney’s nature documentary “Elephant” that was released last April, should not be expected to act. According to the information, they shall be involved in scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and children’s programs.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie | Prince Harry takes part in a training session during a celebration for the expansion of Coach Core at Lord's Cricket Ground on October 7, 2016 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie | Prince Harry takes part in a training session during a celebration for the expansion of Coach Core at Lord's Cricket Ground on October 7, 2016 in London, England.


HARRY’S EXPERIENCE IN THE BROADCASTING FIELD

Even though Meghan’s the one that has been best known for her previous career in acting, it doesn’t mean that Prince Harry is a complete newbie in this field. He has recently taken part of Netflix’s documentary “Rising Phoenix”, as well as joining Oprah Winfrey on a production about mental health for Apple TV+.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dominic Lipinski / PA Images | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, after the announcement of their engagement.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dominic Lipinski / PA Images | Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, after the announcement of their engagement.

In their statement, the couple mentioned that they “are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action." At the same time, Netflix commented that the Royals are "committed to highlighting diverse voices in front of and behind the camera".

Image Credits: Getty Images / Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool | Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool | Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England.


BUT THE IMPORTANT QUESTION IS, HOW MUCH MONEY ARE THE ROYALS MAKING FROM THIS?

Even though the actual value wasn’t disclosed yet, it is believed that Netflix will make a run for their money. Having two high-profile names attached to their productions, it is certain that any money the platform spends will be a well-returned investment.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Max Mumby / Indigo | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Max Mumby / Indigo | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace.

“Harry and Meghan bring a UK royalty brand to Netflix, [...] which will resonate internationally and particularly with audiences in the US and UK, two of its most important markets,” Richard Broughton mentioned. According to him, “With the global streaming wars at fever pitch, the competition for the most high-profile talent has never been hotter.” 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic | Actress Meghan Markle attends the USA Network and The Moth presentation of "A More Perfect Union: Stories Of Prejudice And Power" at Pacific Design Center on February 15, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic | Actress Meghan Markle attends the USA Network and The Moth presentation of "A More Perfect Union: Stories Of Prejudice And Power" at Pacific Design Center on February 15, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.


WILL THE COUPLE LET THE MEDIA OUTLET CONTROL THEM?

Some commentators have come forward questioning whether or not the Sussexes would allow Netflix to control the media output of the couple, especially given the difficult relationship the press has had with Meghan in particular. In fact, their relationship got so bad that the royal couple had to get their lawyers involved.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Jackson | Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen.

In April 2020, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan sent out a letter to the editors of major British newspapers, such as “The Sun”, “Daily Mail”, “Mirror”, and “Express”, where they informed the tabloids that there would be a policy of “zero engagement”. The Royals informed the editors that, when and if necessary, their lawyers would communicate with the papers.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Parsons - Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew Parsons - Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet President Michael Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne at Aras an Uachtarain during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.


THE CURRENT LEGAL PROCESSES GOING ON WITH THE SUSSEXES AND THE PRESS

The royal couple’s relationship with the press has been deteriorating for years, but it came to a point when legal action had to be made. The case in question is against “Mail On Sunday” and “Mail Online”, which have shared private information from the Duchess without her consent.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Not only did this case shed light on how the royal couple’s relationship with the press is getting worse each day, but it also confirmed the rumors of the Duchess’ relationship with the rest of the royal family. The book “Finding Freedom”, that was released just last month, has also confirmed how the Sessexes’ relationships with those around them weren’t working.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ian Vogler - Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex address the public during a Community Event at Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ian Vogler - Pool | Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex address the public during a Community Event at Victoria Park on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

This news about the Netflix deal is still very fresh, and we are certain to keep getting information about what projects the Sussexes will be involved with, as well as what the critics have to say. We are certain that in the upcoming days much will be said about the matter, so let’s keep this page open and see what happens! What do you think about their Netflix deal? Leave a comment and click the share button! 

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