Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit school in Harlem
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex conducted a whirlwind mini tour of the US city this week. Much of the visit, which coincided with the UN General Assembly and President Joe Biden’s coronavirus summit, focused on raising awareness for vaccine inequality. However on September 23, the pair also paid their respects to the victims of 9/11 by visiting the Ground Zero memorial, weeks after the tragedy’s 20th anniversary.
A day later the Sussexes made an appearance at a primary school in Harlem to promote children’s literacy, and Meghan read her children’s book The Bench, to the students.
The Bench is one of a number of projects taken up by the couple since their decision to step down from senior royal duties last year.
In September last year Harry and Meghan confirmed their partnership with streaming giant Netflix, which is reportedly worth around £100million.
A royal expert suggested that the couple may have been filming for their Netflix deal while on the New York tour.
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Mr Myers said: “I like the fact that Harry was caught with this microphone cable hanging out of his slacks, and many wondering about Meghan’s choice of outfits in the barmy New York end-of-the-summer, autumn weather.
“We don’t know for certain, but one can assume they are filming some sort of series for their Netflix deal and that’s the reason for the recording.”
Ms Gripper however, expressed uncertainty on drawing conclusions based on the couple’s outfits.
She said: “Are you saying they were dressed quite warmly for end of summer in New York? They’re from California though!
“I would imagine that there’s a difference in temperature.
“I thought some of the outfits were really interesting ‒ they definitely made a statement that ‘we’re here and we mean business.’”
Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal reportedly allows the couple to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
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So far they have only announced two projects ‒ the first is a documentary series titled Heart of Invictus, which will follow a group of athletes on their journey to Harry’s 2022 Invictus Games.
The other is family focused animated series Pearl, which follows a 12-year-old heroine on “on a journey of self discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily struggles”, while meeting influential women throughout history.
American tabloid Page Six was the first to report that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were filming a “fly-on-the-wall documentary” about their lives while on their New York visit.
The report, which also claimed the couple had hired their own videographer, raised eyebrows, with the couple having expressed a desire for privacy since their decision to quit the Firm.
However a spokesperson for the couple attempted to quash the rumour in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
The spokesperson said: “The Duke and Duchess are not taking part in any reality shows.”
On the success of the tour as a whole Mr Myers added: “I was really interested in what traction this got in the States.
“The only thing I’ve seen banding around twitter was the New York Post taking a swipe at them for rolling up into town with a load of gas-guzzling vehicles, a big security detail.
“I don’t think it’s got a lot of traction in the United States.
“Obviously there is an audience for them and we are covering it, but I don’t know necessarily whether they are as adored in the United States as we were first thinking.”
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