Meghan and Prince Harry have gained growing independence from the Royal Family since they announced their decision to step down as senior royals. In late March, days before they officially stopped being full-time working royals, Meghan and Harry crossed the Canadian border to establish their post-royal life in California with their son Archie Harrison.
In July, the pair bought their first home across the pond in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to royal expert Omid Scobie, didn’t take any money from Prince Charles and the Duchy of Cornwall to pay for their new £11.1million mansion.
Rather, they used their own savings and started a mortgage, he said.
Last week, Meghan and Harry announced they had signed a multi-million deal with Netflix, which will see them producing docu-series, TV shows, children’s programming hoping to educate and inspire viewers on a series of topics.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may appear in documentaries in the future
The pair may appear on screen – but only in documentaries.
Following the blueprint created by Michelle and Barack Obama, who also signed a deal with Netflix after the 44th President of the US left the White House, the Sussexes are likely to take part in interviews for documentaries.
However, experts added, a glittering return in front of the camera of Meghan as an actress is likely to be ruled out.
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Speaking about their new venture, Meghan and Harry said in a joint statement: “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.”
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have signed a multi-million deal with Netflix
Both Netflix and the Sussexes remain tight-lipped on the details of this deal, but experts have said it could be worth up to £75million.
Professor Johnathan Shalit, the founder of InterTalent Rights Group, told Newsweek: “My guess is they’re probably on a par with the Obamas if not more.
“Certainly not less. The thing is about American presidents, there are quite a few of them around.
“As much as the Obamas are amazing, the world is divided about how successful he was.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer working royals
“Where as with Harry and Meghan, never before has a grandson of the Queen and son of the future King become available to the commercial market place.
“These people are entirely unique. There is only one of them in the world and there can be only one available.
“They are royal. They are prince and princess. Even if they don’t use that title, that’s what they are.
“It’s a unique moment in broadcast history.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to California with Archie in late March
Meghan and Harry have gained even more freedom from scrutiny yesterday, after they announced they have repaid the £2.4million spent in renovation work for Frogmore Cottage, their first home as a family-of-three.
However, some commentators and royal watchers believe the couple would only be freed from public scrutiny if they dropped their titles.
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan tweeted: “Great news that Harry & Meghan have repaid the Frogmore Cottage costs out of their Netflix millions & will also no longer be taking Charles’s cash.
“Now, if they just give up their very commercially beneficial royal Duke & Duchess titles, they can do & say whatever they like…”