Thursday, 7 Dec 2023

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘risk losing Netflix deal’ as couple sent warning

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned they could lose their $100million multi-year deal with Netflix if they don’t start producing the goods for the streaming giant.

In 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a bumper contract with Netflix when they stepped away as working members of the Royal Family.

Their only major success with Netflix in three years was their six-part documentary series and although they received a huge backlash after complaining about life as royals, it was a massive global hit for the streaming platform.

The couple’s company Archewell Productions has secured the rights to The New York Times bestselling novel Meet Me at the Lake and will work with Netflix to bring the project to life in a film.

But Royal Family expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Daily Express US: “There is little doubt the Sussexes are not doing particularly well. They are treading water at the moment.

“There is the possibility Harry could release another book but Spare, with those interviews, has cut them off from the Royal Family and it’s perfectly obvious why. The whole thing was proven to be a very bad idea.

“There is that in the background but when the Crown has finished, Netflix might find them more expendable. It ends in December but there are question marks as they haven’t given any real clues as to what they plan to do in the future

“They have so far not done anything of real success, bar the six-hour documentary Harry and Meghan, which many found hypocritical because they were obsessed with privacy, though they will reportedly be adapting the romantic novel Meet Me At The Lake.

“So, depending on what success they have, they could lose the contract.”

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Mr Fizwilliams further warned Harry and Meghan risk being “more expendable to Netflix” as the couple have yet to dispel the argument they are a “one-trick pony”.

He continued: “When the Crown has finished, Netflix might find them more expendable. It ends in December but there are question marks as they haven’t given any real clues as to what they plan to do in the future.

“There is an argument about them being a one-trick pony – what can they actually achieve that they haven’t before? We are yet to see signs of that.

“The Crown is hugely high profile and very important to Netflix but is soon ending. To have two royals under contract gave them a cachet, and the $100million payment is pivotal to the Sussexes.”

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Harry and Meghan had a relatively quiet first half of 2023 following the bitter backlash they faced from last December’s documentary series on Netflix and the Duke of Sussex’s tell-all memoir Spare.

But while their career paths remain unclear, they have had a busier second half to the year, with Harry travelling to London for the WellChild Awards and then to Germany for the Invictus Games, which he founded in 2014.

Meghan has been pictured more in public recently enjoying social time with friends and also joined her husband in Germany for the Invictus Games. Both also spoke on stage at an event in New York last month to mark World Mental Health Week.

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