Meghan and Harry signed a historic, megawatt deal with Netflix recently which will enable the couple to produce their own documentaries, feature films and scripted shows about causes close to their hearts. The Sussexes have turned their attention to female empowerment, racial justice and environmentalism since leaving the Firm.
They already have an animated series in development which puts the spotlight on inspirational women and are expected to soon look into issues surrounding climate change, considering Harry’s passion for the topic — he even founded the global travel initiative, Travalyst, last year which wants to change the way tourism operates.
Addressing their new Netflix contract, the couple said: “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.”
This description also appears to match the format William used for his recently-released ITV documentary, ‘Prince William — A Planet For Us All’.
The programme, filmed over two years, followed the Duke of Cambridge’s journey around the globe looking at the effect climate change is having and how conservation could help preserve the environment.
William referenced his children on multiple occasions throughout his ITV documentary, and explained how Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis “changed my outlook”.
This sentiment seems to be reflected in Meghan and Harry’s statement too, especially as they emphasise the importance of “family programming”.
The New York Times also reported last month: “Harry and Meghan may appear on camera in documentary programming.
“But [Meghan] has no plans to return to acting, according to a representative.”
This style would, again, replicate William’s format in his ITV documentary, as he appeared to lead the camera crew.
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“Reflecting on his change as parent of his three children, he strongly promoted caring for the environment to leave a better place for the next generations.
“As the second-in-line to the throne, William has far greater latitude than he would have as the Prince of Wales.
“Like his mother he has an enormous charm that coats the politics with such warmth you’d have to be Scrooge to take issue.
“Diana would be proud of her son.”
Harry has also been said to have the same charm as Princess Diana, so any documentary he makes would have a similar “warmth”.
He and William share their special relationship with Africa, having both spent some time there with Prince Charles following Diana’s death in 1997 — the Duke of Sussex’s productions are therefore likely to emulate the same affection for the continent.
‘Call Me Diana: The Princess of Wales on Herself’ by Nigel Cawthorne was published by Gibson Square in 2017 and is available here.