The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex recently signed a deal with streaming giant Netflix but could soon have their own production firm authorised too. Dramas and children’s programmes could also be included in the potential production company’s roster.
The couple are currently awaiting the green light from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office for trademark protection, which they allegedly already submitted documentation to.
Speaking to the Sun, a source said: “Meghan and Harry’s approach to their TV ambitions has always been serious — but it’s hard to imagine them coming up with the next Only Fools and Horses.”
The documents were sent last month and request sole rights to create “motion picture films, televisions series and videos,” the news outlet has reported.
Harry and Meghan have also requested protection for mobile phone apps for the company.
However, critics branded the Duke and the Duchess “hypocrites” as their new website can store and share users’ data and personal information, but the couple left the Royal Family citing privacy issues.
One Twitter user said: “FYI Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who are suing photographers for invasion of privacy – may collect your name, address, IP address, texts, videos etc. and share them with profit-making companies.”
The couple recently launched their long-awaited Archewell Foundation website, which will act as a one-stop destination for all their Netflix and Spotify projects.
When confirming the project last year, the couple said: “Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic, but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be.”
The website’s landing page displays a heartwarming letter a picture of Prince Harry and Diana, Princess of Wales, but the attention of some royal fans was centered on the hidden disclaimer in the website’s “privacy” section.
The privacy statement on Archewell reads: “When using our site, you may voluntarily provide information about yourself, including your name, your email address, your location and any other information you choose to provide.
“We collect this information when you subscribe to our mailing list, send us feedback or request information, share your story, or interact with us for any purpose.
“We will also collect any content that you provide to us, such as text, videos or social media posts, when you link to or otherwise submit that content on the site.
“We may share the information we collect with other parties, including the following: with third party service providers who process data on our behalf, such as email service providers; with other charitable, nonprofit and for-profit ventures associated with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex that exist now or may be established in the future.”
Royal fans took to Twitter to voice their confusion and contrast opinions as some considered the privacy agreement was a common practice across most websites.
One user said: “Other people’s privacy doesn’t count though… only theirs.”
Another person added: “Once you are forced to give them your email to view Archewell’s website.