Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared details of their first Netflix show — a docuseries, called Heart of Invictus, about the Invictus Games — and, no, it unfortunately has nothing to do with day-to-day royal life.
The new series, under the couple's Archewell Productions company, will follow the competitors as they gear up for the 2022 Games, which were supposed to take place in 2020 but were pushed back due to the pandemic.
"As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service," Harry — who will appear in the show and serve as executive producer on the series — said in a statement. It is unclear if Meghan will also be featured in the show.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event in which servicemen and women who have suffered injuries, visible or otherwise, can compete and take part in a variety of sport games.
The Duke of Sussex and Patron of The Invictus Games Foundation said he and Meghan chose to center their first show around the competitors because each individual brings their own remarkable resilience and determination to succeed.
“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve," he continued in the statement. "This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year."
The event is also of significance to the couple, as Harry officially introduced the Suits alum as his girlfriend during the 2017 Games.
The soon to be father-of-two helped set up the games after attending the 2013 Warrior Games, an event for ill service personnel and veterans in the United States. Harry saw first hand how sport can help those suffering with both physical and psychological injuries and illness.
The chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, Dominic Reid, praised the upcoming series for casting a light on those who take part in the games. "We’re very excited about the opportunity to shine the global spotlight of Netflix on the men and women that we work with, in order to ensure that even more people can be inspired by their determination and fortitude in working towards their recovery," he said, noting that the Netflix screen recognition will "bring in significant funding to the charity."
Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, also paid tribute to the couple's efforts in using Archewell Productions to reflect their values. "From the moment I met [Harry and Meghan], it’s been clear that the Invictus Games hold a very special place in their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that their first series for Netflix will showcase that for the world in a way never seen before," Sarandos said.
OK! reported that Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, signed their multi-million dollar deal with Netflix in September to form their own production company that will make feature films, documentaries, scripted shows and children’s programming.
As explained in the power couple's statement at the time, their intention with their new production deal was to create "content that informs but also gives hope" and inspires new generations with "impactful content that unlocks action."