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What's Going On With Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Netflix Deal?

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By Taylor Hodgkins on May 2, 2022 at 6:30 PM EDT
Updated on May 11, 2022 at 2:33 PM EDT

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In a landmark move for streaming services and content development, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a deal with Netflix a year and a half ago.

The deal would bring the streaming service a wide variety of content.

Archewell Productions, Prince Harry and Markle's production company, strives to "Produce programming that informs, elevates, and inspires," according to the company's official website.

The programming made by Archewell Productions also aims to "Utilize the power of storytelling to embrace our shared humanity and duty to truth through a compassionate lens."

Further developments between Archewell Productions and Netflix have taken place within the last few days which have had a bit of an effect on Archewell Productions' itinerary with the streamer.

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What Happened Between Netflix And Archewell Productions?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex watch the Seated Volleyball on Day Two of the Invictus Games

Netflix has faced rough times recently.

The streamer, which has been known to carry some of the most popular titles in both film and television for over a decade, "Laid off 25 market staffers" last week, per Business Insider. 

Those lay-offs occurred after Netflix revealed the company had been struggling with its subscription numbers.

In an attempt to, as Business Insider reports, "Rein[ing] in its multibillion dollar annual content budget," the streamer decided to halt any further production on an Archewell Productions project.

The project was an animated series called "Pearl", in which Markle worked to develop with Elton John's husband, David Furnish, according to Deadline.

Markle was set to serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Furnish.

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The premise of the show, as Markle had explained after the show had been announced, focused on the titular character getting to know who she really is while on the cusp of her teenage years.

"Like many girls her age," Markle began, "our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self discovery as she tries to overcome life's daily challenges..."

Despite "Pearl's" cancellation, Archewell Productions will still be affiliated with Netflix.

According to Us Weekly, "Other Archewell productions are expected to move forward."

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What About Other Archewell Productions Projects?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen at the Invictus Games in the Hague Holland

"Pearl" was not the only title in development between Netflix and Archewell Productions.

When the former series was announced via the company's website, they also included details pertaining to a documentary called "Heart Of Invictus."

"Heart Of Invictus" will be a big addition to the already bustling genre of docu-series.

According to Archewell Productions' announcement, "Heart Of Invictus" "Will showcase powerful

stories of resilience and hope from competitors on their journey to Invictus Games The Hague 2020, now taking place in 2022."

The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex resonated with the competitors' stories, and felt lead to bring more attention to their experiences through a docu-series.

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Of their decision to create the docu-series, Markle and Prince Harry explained, "We knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and

resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on the path to the Netherlands next year."

Both Markle and Prince Harry will serve as executive producers of "Heart Of Invictus."

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