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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 35, have cemented their spot among the Hollywood elite by signing a production deal with streaming giant Netflix. The couple plan to produce shows that “inform but also give hope” with a focus on “family programming.”
Royal watchers were quick to flag how the move mirrored that of former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.
The former presidential couple signed a similar deal with Netflix two years ago and have helped make a range of programmes including documentaries and a feature film since.
One royal commentator has claimed Meghan and Harry’s move is “no surprise” given their connections to big names like the Obamas.
Expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Who would have thought, when the Queen and the Obamas participated in the charming video to promote the Invictus Games for Harry in 2016 that four years later, having stepped down from royal duties, he and his wife would be following the presidential couple in a deal with Netflix.”
He added: “It is certainly no surprise that, with such connections and with Netflix producing The Crown, which already has a worldwide audience, that the deal they have struck is likely to be enormously lucrative and mutually extremely beneficial.
“It will achieve their goal of financial independence.
“They have already signed up with the Harry Walker Agency, for public speaking and Harry has a mental health series to be launched on Apple TV with Oprah Winfrey.
“The Obamas signed a deal with Netflix two years ago.”
The expert added: “Their production company, Higher Ground, is currently involved in seven productions for Netflix on a fascinating variety of topics from the award-winning documentary American Factory to a drama series about the post-World War 11 world of fashion, a series for the family and a feature film about the abolitionist Frederick Douglass to Overlooked, the story of remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the New York Times.”
Mr Fitzwilliams described the Netflix deal as “mutually beneficial” and claimed the streaming giant could make the most of Meghan and Harry by getting them to appear on screen.
He said: “Netflix will be wanting to maximise the opportunity to attract audiences if Harry and Meghan appear in select documentaries.
“Their brand always had global reach and their friends included some of Hollywood’s top A-listers.”
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“The name of their production company has not been revealed and they have not yet been able to launch Archewell, their non-profit charitable foundation.”
According to Mr Fitzwilliams “activist” Meghan could eventually choose to follow the Obamas again and enter the political sphere.
He said: “It is highly unusual for actors in America to go into politics, Ronald Reagan, who became a popular President and Arnold Schwarzenegger who became Governor of California, are the best-known exceptions.
“We know Meghan, an American citizen, is an activist, as she has shown since the age of 11.”
Mr Fitzwilliams concluded: “If she, at some future date, were to decide to go into politics, who knows, the pair could be following the Obamas yet again!”
Meghan recently voiced her support for a campaign backed by Michelle encouraging Americans to vote in the upcoming US election.
While Meghan has not outwardly aligned herself with one party she has shared platforms with high-profile Democrats like Kamala Harris in recent weeks.
If Meghan does ever choose to run for president it is understood that she and Harry will have to relinquish their HRH styles and royal titles in order to not breach their agreement with the Queen.
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