Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly working on a “family documentary” for Netflix as part of their $100 million streaming deal – and they are said to even welcome cameras into their $14 million Montecito The mansion, filming content for the candid show, will suspect that it has sparked fresh concerns within the monarchy about what blockbuster royals the couple might be broadcasting.
according to Page 6The Sussexes have been working with production staff for months on “At Home with the Duke and Duchess”, which the streaming giant is said to hope to release by the end of the year to coincide with the publication of Prince Harry’s upcoming book. memoir.
However, sources say the Sussexes are fighting to delay the documentary series until next year.
A “informed producer” said that “the time is still being discussed, and things are up in the air”.
News of the couple’s alleged docu-series will no doubt spark major concerns behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace that they could be seen playing allegations about the royal family in front of the cameras that accompanied them to New York last September, and that they were also reportedly allowed to travel in California. Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, at home.
It is unclear if Netflix cameras were allowed to film the couple’s two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 11 months.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly working on a ‘Sussex-style family’ documentary for Netflix and they are said to have let the cameras into their Montecito home
According to Page Six, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, have been filming for a few months, but it is not known if they will allow Archie and Lilibet to appear on camera
Pictures taken during Meghan and Harry’s September trip to New York and New Jersey show a team of two women and one man will hide in coats and bags outside the couple’s high-end residence at 860 United Nations Plaza, exclusive to DailyMail.com Bundle up with their camera gear under the hood — even join them in an Airstream van on the way to the Veterans Gala.
Another insider on Page Six described the plans for the docuseries as Netflix “getting a pound of meat” from the Sussexes despite signing a lucrative deal with the company in September 2020. They have yet to create any real content for the streaming giant.
DailyMail.com has reached out to a Netflix spokesperson and Archewell Productions for comment.
The news comes amid growing concerns about Harry’s upcoming $20 million memoir, in which he is expected to open up about his relationship with estranged family members.
Royal insiders are deeply concerned about Prince Harry’s decision to secretly collaborate with Pulitzer Prize-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer, which the publisher describes as “an authoritative account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that shaped him”.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are said to have been completely caught off guard by Harry’s shock announcement that he had been secretly working on his untitled memoir for more than a year.
Royal experts have previously warned that the potentially explosive book could create more bridges with the far-flung Duke and The Firm.
However, the docu-series narrative couldn’t be more appropriate for Netflix, which has been going through massive layoffs due to declining subscriber numbers.
Earlier this month, Netflix announced it was dropping Meghan’s animated series The Pearl, following a wave of layoffs and layoffs caused by the streaming giant’s plummeting revenue and the loss of major subscribers.
Created by the Duchess of Sussex through the couple’s company Archewell Productions, the show is still only in development.
Sources say the Sussexes were in New York for the documentary in September – when they were seen split in two with the crew (pictured)
During their trip to New York, the couple attended a Veterans Gala (left) and also went to Harlem, where they had lunch (right)
For Netflix, these documentary claims come at just the right time
Meghan and Harry established Archewell Productions in the fall of 2020 to produce scripted series, documentaries, documentaries, feature films and children’s programming. Pearl is expected to be the first animated series created by the production company.
However, in addition to the so-called documentary, Meghan and Harry have another project in the works for Netflix, The Invincible Heart, a documentary about Duke’s Invincible Games, a show for people from around the world. Sports events hosted by disabled and injured veterans around.
The Sussexes were joined by a Netflix crew during a recent trip to the Netherlands for the latest Invictus Games, where they are understood to have filmed footage that will be used in the documentary.
It is unclear if they will allow cameras to join them on a surprise trip to Britain ahead of the Olympics, when they made a low-key visit to the Queen.
At the time, the couple were accused of trying to “exploit the Queen for Netflix”, with some suggesting they were only visiting Her Majesty to appease the streaming giant’s producers.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Meghan’s sour biographer Tom Ball sensationally dubbed the Sussexes “the royal family’s worst profiteers” and accused the couple of “taking advantage of a unwell old women to boost their credibility and coffers”.
“I have no doubt that it was all done for their Netflix documentary,” Ball said. “The Queen’s advisers failed to protect her from the royal family’s worst profiteers, while the Sussex family used an ailing old woman to boost their credibility and coffers.”
After Netflix’s financial slump became public, royal experts say the streaming giant could increase “pressure” on the Sussexes to produce “more royal content” in hopes it will revive languishing subscribers volume and income.
In April, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams warned that “there could be pressure from Netflix executives for more royal content”, but added that filming any content with the rest of the royal family was “extremely incompatible” possible”.
Meghan and Harry also recently travelled with the crew to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, where they filmed the upcoming documentary Heart of Invictus for another Netflix project
Fitzwilliams told the Daily Mail at the time: “When Harry and Meghan signed a $100 million deal with Netflix in September 2020, according to The New York Times, the company appeared to be building a huge and expanding influence. force development because of the pandemic.
“Having two royals with global renown and producing The Crown is certainly a prestige, controversial, but internationally popular.
“After a year and a half, they actually got nothing.”
He added: “The dramatic news from Netflix [is] Losing viewers now, introducing ads and trying to crack down on “password sharing” that cost them revenue has sent their shares plummeting 25%.
“This will undoubtedly lead to more demand for the Sussexes, including some actual content. The original announcement promised documentaries, children’s shows, scripted shows and feature films. It’s definitely time for Netflix to get its money’s worth, sounds like They need it too.
He added: “It’s likely that Netflix executives will put pressure on them to get more royal content in what they produce. It’s unlikely that it actually involves filming or interviewing any royals.
“One of the reasons the Sussexes had to step down as senior royals was that business enterprise had to be separated from royal duties. They chose their current path.
Netflix’s customer base lost 200,000 subscribers between January and March – and now expects to lose another 2 million between April and June.
The streaming company said the Covid-19 boom had “made a lot of noise” and blamed the slowdown on a return to normalcy after a two-year lockdown.
It also blamed password sharing for the rise in canceled accounts, as it estimates that around 10 million households around the world watch its services for free by using the accounts of friends or other family members.
The company has now begun testing different methods of suppressing password sharing in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru — which could be expanded elsewhere if it proves successful. Bosses are also considering turning the service into a low-cost ad-supported subscription.