Meghan Markle: Expert discusses background of 'Pearl' project
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Meghan Markle’s first project with Netflix has reportedly been in “the early stages of development” since 2018, whilst she and Prince Harry were working members of the Royal Family. The Duchess of Sussex is due to executive produce an animated series as part of the couple’s £100million deal with the streaming giant.
Royal commentator Natalie Oliveri said, “In March, Harry and Meghan told Oprah that they had no plans about how to actually make money once they stepped back as senior working royals.”
“They said once they were cut off financially from Prince Charles and the rest of the family, they had to make ways to make money themselves and that’s when they secured those deals with Netflix and Spotify worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“Now it’s emerged that the Duchess of Sussex was actually in talks to create this animated series called Pearl two years before she and Harry had stepped back as senior working royals.”
“Apparently she had this project in the early stages of development along with a number of other charitable things – we might remember back in 2018 she released a charity cookbook, she also edited British Vogue.”
“There were lots of things she had been working on.”
The Duchess of Sussex announced her latest project last week, an animated children’s series that will form part of her multi-million deal with Netflix that the couple signed in September 2020.
Titled Pearl, the series will follow a 12-year-old girl’s “heroic adventures” as she interacts with influential women throughout history.
Meghan will executive produce the series, along 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 series is the second project with Netflix, after Heart of Invictus, a docuseries that will focus on the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry and Meghan have also launched a podcast with Spotify, although only one episode has been released.
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In other media ventures, the Duke of Sussex co-executive produced and starred in the Apple TV+ series ‘The Me You Can’t See’ with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan Markle has also recently published a children’s book, focusing on the shared bond between a father and son.
The couple told Oprah during their tell-all interview in March that the Royal Family had financially cut them off and that they had secured the Netflix and Spotify deals to ensure a solid income.
Their future work with the streaming giants will go alongside their charitable work through their non-profit organisation Archewell.
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