Just six months after leaving The Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now grabbed the Hollywood producer title for themselves. After starting a new life in California, the royals and Netflix have revealed their multiyear deal earlier this week that will cover scripted and unscripted TV series, documentaries, feature films and kids’ programming.
According to CNN, Netflix stated that the two are “committed to highlighting diverse voices in front of and behind the camera” and “ to diverse hiring practices for the key roles they are actively filling at their production company.” The couple also released a statement themselves claiming that their “focus will be on creating content that informs, but also gives hope.” As new parents to baby Archie, they continued to stress how important it is for them to create “inspirational family programming.” The deal will be similar to the one the company made with Barack and Michelle Obama in 2018.
As competitors such as Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime and HBO Max continue to give Netflix a run for their money, Netflix is under increased pressure to keep good content flowing. Family programming in particular is important to Netflix, and Harry and Meghan are already developing an animated series that is focused on inspiring women. Just last week, Netflix released “Rising Phoenix,” a documentary about the Paralympic Games, and Harry founded the Invictus Games for wounded veterans that appears in the film.
The former actress and Suits star along with Prince Harry have been expressing their interest in a Hollywood takeover for some time now. Just in January Markle accepted a voice-over deal with Disney to benefit charity. “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,” Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and content chief for Netflix, said in a statement.