Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry COULD appear on camera in Netflix shows after megabucks deal

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry COULD appear on camera after striking a megabucks deal with Netflix.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last night revealed they had signed a production deal with the popular streaming service that could be worth up to £190million.

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Meghan, 39, is no stranger to show business after growing up on the set of Married with Children as her estranged dad Thomas Markle worked as a lighting director on the popular series.

She then went onto find fame thanks to the legal drama Suits, playing paralegal Rachel Zane.

Yet despite the acting credits to her name, the mum-of-one is not expected to act as part of the Netflix deal, a representative said.

However, the New York Times reported Harry and Meghan could still appear on camera in documentary programming.

It comes as…

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could earn almost £200MILLION with bonuses thanks to their new Netflix deal
  • The Sussexes said they wanted their productions to "unlock action" and "give hope"
  • The couple had been involved in talks with NBC and Disney before signing with Netflix
  • Royal experts said the couple could have been in negotiations with Netflix during the height of Megxit
  • Meghan will think she's getting full creative control and be the "Mother Teresa" of Netflix shows, an insider claimed
  • They are already working on an animated show to inspire women
  • Royal fans mocked the deal after the couple quit the Firm just six months ago

Meghan has shown she is keen to work after the couple quit the Royal Family -providing the voiceover for a nature documentary about elephants for Disney Plus in her first post-Royal gig.

Harry, 35, himself has already been involved in the Netflix documentary Rising Phoenix.

And now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have never produced a TV show, will make documentaries, films, scripted and kids’ programmes as part of the Netflix deal.

A senior industry source today told The Times that Meghan, 39, would “believe she’s getting full creative control” with the deal.

But they said that instead, the executive producer’s credits she would probably receive were “thrown around like confetti”.

The source claimed: "TV networks, Netflix included, don’t let the lunatics run the asylum.

"Meghan will no doubt want to cast herself as Mother Teresa but that’s not how it’s going to pan out."

Before signing with Netflix, Harry and Meghan held talks with Disney and Apple, the New York Times reports.

PR guru Jonathan Shalit estimated the couple would earn a signing fee of up to £75million with the deal skyrocketing to potentially $250million – equal to almost £190million – thanks to bonuses as productions began to be rolled out.

Last night it emerged they already have an animated series in development which is focused on inspiring women, according to the New York Times.

Announcing the deal last night, the couple said: "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."

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-chief executive and chief content officer, said in a statement: "We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere."

Earlier this summer, the royal couple moved into a £11m home in Santa Barbara after their stay in Tyler Perry's £14m LA mansion.

The couple now live in a £11m nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Montecito, Santa Barbara. 

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