Earlier this month, the 36-year-old royal and 39-year-old Suits alum signed a multiyear overall deal with the streaming service and formed their own production company that will make feature films, documentaries, scripted shows and children’s programming.
“It was too tempting to resist,” a source told UsWeekly, adding that the couple is hoping this new opportunity will be a “way of rebuilding their reputation,” since leaving the royal family in March.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s latest endeavors are not favored by the Queen, according to royal expert Duncan Larcombe, who claimed: “This could be, by far, the biggest royal sellout in history. The couple have gone from being full-time working royals to producers in Hollywood. This is the strongest indication that they have zero intention to return to the royal fold.”
While the couple decided to leave their royal duties for “a more peaceful life” with more privacy, entering into the entertainment industry is anything but. “He is a fish out of water in the TV world — this is Meghan’s territory, and some could argue this is what she wanted all along,” Larcombe explained.
After the prince and Markle’s bombshell announcement, the pair moved to Santa Barbara, California, with their son, Archie, calling their new $14.65M mansion their “place of peace.” While the power couple tried living in L.A. for a brief period, it was the red-headed prince who felt the lack of privacy was too much to bear.
The famed couple decided to move to California “to be closer to the deal makers and are setting up calls and virtual meetings with agents, studio heads,” as the lovebirds are “trying to rebrand themselves” in the public eye, the source told Us. “Harry’s determined to make it in Hollywood, just as much as Meghan,” a source dished, noting that the Prince was “inspired” by his wife’s creativity.
“He’s focusing on making documentaries connected to good causes — not just on the production side of things. We’ll also be seeing him in front of the camera, more as a spokesperson than anything else.”
Upon announcing their career change and $150M production deal, the couple released a statement, explaining that they will be “creating content that informs but also gives hope” and inspires new generations with “impactful content that unlocks action.”
“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,” Markle and Harry said in a statement. “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,” they continued. “We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
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