Harry and Meghan have ‘big money at stake’ says TV host
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are facing pressure from streaming giants Netflix and Spotify as the couple face the question “Where is the content?” from big bosses. Since signing the deals in September, the couple are only in the early stages of development for two series and have produced one podcast episode.
The Today host said: “Meghan and Harry are still standing on their own two feet but the pressure is mounting on them to deliver these Spotify and Netflix deals. Big money at stake.”
Royal expert Russell Myers said, “They were paid to the tune of $150million dollars for the Netflix deal that they signed, Spotify have given them between $30-50million as we understand and where is the content?”
“We’ve had one or two podcasts at the moment – they haven’t really caught the world alight.”
“One promised Netflix show which I’m sure will be fantastic because it will all be about the Invictus Games, but certainly the big bosses at the streaming giants will be wanting their pound of flesh.”
“If they’re not producing the goods, I’m sure the big bosses will be wondering where their hard-earned dollars have gone.”
Last week, Meghan Markle announced her first project with Netflix, an animated series for children which she will executive produce.
The series ‘Pearl’ will follow a 12-year-old girl’s ‘heroic adventures’ as she interacts with influential women from history.
According to Archewell Productions, the series is in the early stages of development and the Duchess will be co-producing with Elton John’s husband, David Furnish.
In a statement, the Duchess said, “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.”
“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”
The announcement of ‘Pearl’ comes after Netflix announced in April that it had teamed up with the couple to produce the docuseries ‘Heart of Invictus’.
The series will follow the competitors, trainers and staff of the Invictus Games, which Prince Harry established for wounded veterans in 2014.
Both series are in development and have not been given release dates.
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For their Spotify deal, the couple have only produced one episode which was released before Christmas as a ‘Holiday Special’.
Prince Harry also executive-produced and starred in the Apple TV+ series ‘The Me You Can’t See’ with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in May.
The couple revealed during their tell-all interview with Oprah that they had signed the Netflix and Spotify deals as a way to sustain their family in California.
They claimed that following their decision to leave the Royal Family, they had been financially “cut off” by Prince Charles.
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