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In September Netflix announced it had signed an agreement with Meghan and Harry to produce films, documentaries and children’s shows for the streaming giant. However royal insiders are said to be nervous about what the couple could end up producing, especially after the controversial most recent series of Netflix series The Crown.
According to the Sunday Times there are particular concerns the Duke and Duchess will come under pressure to produce “royal-themed programming”.
The paper said: “Neither party has publicly talked money, but the deal is reported to be worth about £75m.
“For that kind of money, Harry and Meghan might be expected to include royal revelations in the highbrow, uplifting content they have promised.
“A nature documentary and an animated series about inspiring women are in the pipeline, but to what extent they may be pressured to provide royal-themed programming remains the stuff of nightmares in London.”
Royal insiders are reported to be concerned about Meghan and Harry’s Netflix deal
“A nature documentary and an animated series about inspiring women”
Harry and Meghan caused a global sensation back in January when they announced their intention to step down as senior members of the Royal Family.
Instead the couple said they would aim to become “financially independent” and split their time between North America and Britain.
The Duke and Duchess completed their final royal engagement in March before moving to North America.
After a brief stay in Canada they moved to Meghan’s home state of California shortly before it went into coronavirus lockdown.
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Harry and Meghan will produce films and documentaries for Netflix
Announcing their Netflix deal in September the Duke and Duchess commented: “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.
“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.”
Harry has also been working on a documentary series with Oprah Winfrey on mental health for Apple TV+.
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“We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home”
Harry and Meghan with their son Archie
A Disney nature documentary, voiced by Meghan, was released in March.
When the Netflix deal was announced Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief executive, commented: “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.”
The agreement came under increased scrutiny when the fourth series of The Crown, the hit Netflix show focused on The Queen, was released.
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This caused controversy over its portrayal of the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
In response both Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, and a Government minister suggested each episode should begin with a message explaining the show is fictional.
After the Netflix deal was agreed it was announced Meghan and Harry had repaid the £2.4m of British taxpayer’s money spent refurbishing Frogmore Cottage, their former home on the Queen’s Windsor estate.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Queen
Earlier this week it was announced Meghan and Harry will host a podcast on Spotify.
They will use the platform to “build community through shared experiences”.
The first episode, a festive special, is expected to be released later this month.