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Harry, Meghan sign Netflix deal

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018

Netflix has signed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to a multi-year deal to make TV series and films for the streamer.

The US-based pair, who announced plans to step back as senior members of the UK’s royal family at the beginning of this year, have set up an as-yet-unnamed production company to develop screen projects.

They follow in the footsteps of other high-profile figures such as Barack and Michelle Obama in signing with Netflix.

The deal will encompass documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming. According to reports, projects already in development include a nature docuseries and an animated series that celebrates inspirational women.

Prior to marrying Prince Harry, Markle had a career as an actor, starring in shows such as USA Network’s legal drama Suits. More recently, she narrated Disney+ nature documentary Elephant.

Prince Harry, meanwhile, recently appeared in Netflix doc Rising Phoenix, about the Paralympic Games, and collaborated with Oprah Winfrey on a docuseries about mental health for Apple TV+.

“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,” the couple said in a joint statement.

“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, co-CEO and chief content officer at Netflix, added: “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership. 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.”


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