Hello, Hollywood! Prince Harry made his Netflix debut in the documentary, Rising Phoenix, on August 26 — just a few weeks after the red-headed royal settled into his new Santa Barbara home with his wife, Meghan Markle.
The program is about the history behind the Paralympic Games, and the 35-year-old is prominently featured in it. “A lot of people, based on what they’d been told, thought [the London Paralympics] was going to be a failure and that they weren’t going to be able to sell tickets,” he said while sitting on a couch. However, Harry noted that “the stadiums were packed” and “the sport was incredible.”
“And what they saw was undoubtedly better than the Olympics themselves,” he continued. “For me and for so many people out there — especially young kids — to see individuals like that go on and achieve what they have achieved … No amount of books that you read or teaching or class that you can have is going to give you the same inspiration as being able to watch something that you have been told is impossible.”
Ultimately, the U.K. native urged everyone to “encourage and accept” people with disabilities. “There’s thousands of seats there that could change those people’s lives because don’t forget, yes lives are being changed on the track but lives are also being changed in the stands as well.”
In 2014, Harry set up the Invictus Games, which brought together wounded, injured, and sick personnel to compete in nine different sports.
Although co-directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui were initially hesitant to have someone so famous as Harry involved in the film, in the end, it worked out well. “Obviously we can’t say no to the Duke of Sussex and we were worried that it would be someone commentating on the games but his passion and his intelligence about this subject was so vivid and immediate that there was no danger of him being just like a celeb commentator,” Ettedgui told The Mirror.
Harry did not get paid for appearing in Rising Phoenix, production company HTYT films confirmed.
Meanwhile, Harry is not the only one to dabble in Hollywood projects, since his wife, Markle, 39, was the narrator of the Disney+ docuseries Elephants, which was released in April 2020.
Harry and the Suits alum don’t seem to be stopping there, either. According to Variety, the two are pitching a secret project to executives in Tinseltown. The pair set up meetings in June, but it’s unclear what the concept is going to be.
However, it might be tough for the royal pair to get their ideas heard since they “are basically trying to sell nothing,” sources previously told OK!. “You can tell very little thought has gone into this. It’s as if they woke up one morning unemployed and decided, ‘today we are going to be producers,'” the insider shared.
“Networks would love to work with them on a reality show or multi-part series documenting all the secrets that go on behind the palace walls, but that isn’t something they are interested in,” the source added.
For now, the couple seem to be enjoying their time at their new residence in Santa Barbara, California, with their son, Archie. “They feel the new house is a place of peace — and it offers inspiration to build Archwell [Foundation], which they’re focused on,” a source told PEOPLE.
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