The Duchess of Sussex was previously an actress, rising to stardom in the TV legal drama Suits, and influential agent-producer Jonathan Shalit has claimed Meghan could earn $50million (£37million) if she decided to act again. However, royal commentator Russell Myers claimed Meghan has gone beyond acting now and will want to be pitching ideas and executive producing on big Hollywood projects. In fact, it was reported last week that Meghan and Harry had pitched a TV show that would focus on two issues close to Meghan’s heart: female empowerment and racial inequality.
The TV show, which was pitched to a string of network executives in June, would tackle dscrimination like that faced by Meghan herself, who is biracial.
A TV insider claimed: “They have suggested a series focusing on the empowerment of women and young girls in today’s world.
“It will home in on race issues, something Meghan has always been passionate about.
“It’s got quite a political stance and will draw on feminism. They want the series to continue their vision of empowerment for young people.”
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According to the Daily Mirror, the couple intend on being joint producers on the project.
Sources told the outlet that the couple “will appear in it but it’s about ‘normal’ people, not them”.
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Mr Myers said he thinks we will be seeing more of this behind-the-camera sort of work, rather than Meghan going back in front of the camera.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Disney’s Lion King premiere last year
He said: “They are going to be doing stuff like this in terms of getting out, pitching projects to Hollywood bigwigs.
“And a lot of people were saying ‘Meghan could be getting in front of the camera again. Will she go back to Suits?’ I mean, Suits has been cancelled now so I don’t know where that came from.
“But it was certainly one of the industry bigwigs, a guy called Jonathon Shalit, who would be quite well known to people in the UK, he’s a big time agent-producer ‒ he was saying that if she does go back to acting she could come into fees of $50million which is massive money.
“So who knows? Maybe she will have to do that.
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“I don’t think she will because I think she’s now gone beyond that and that she will want to do some level of producing, executive producing on big projects, whether that is with Netflix or Oprah ‒ I mean Oprah has her own production company, so maybe they’ll get to do more shows like Harry’s doing with Oprah and Apple TV.
“So I think that’s the way they’ll end up doing it. But is that going to net you 10 million quid a year? I’m not sure.”
Since the Duke and Duchess stepped down as senior royals, Disney+ aired a documentary entitled ‘Elephant’ for which Meghan did the voiceover.
Now, Prince Harry is starring in a new Netflix documentary entitled Phoenix Rising, which will tell the story of the Paralympic Games.
Ms Gripper noted that Harry, who founded the Invictus Games ‒ a sporting event similar to the Paralympic Games for wounded armed forces personnel and veterans ‒ will be speaking “passionately” about this topic.
He is also collaborating with Oprah Winfrey on a documentary about mental health, which will air on Apple TV.
According to reports, Harry and Meghan hope to make a fortune with their own film and television production company after leaving the Royal Family.
Their plans include providing voiceovers and producing documentaries on worthy issues, such as mental health and climate change.
NBC Universal was among the networks that heard their first pitch.
The couple had a meeting with its top bosses, including chairman of content studios Bonnie Hammer, who has known Meghan since her days on Suits.
Meghan has previously described Ms Hammer as the woman who changed her life, after she cast her in the legal drama.
However, a friend of the Duchess told Variety magazine that Meghan has no intention of acting in any projects.
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