Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have begun their newest chapter away from the royal family with the signing of a multi-year deal with Netflix. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have founded a new production company with plans to create a range of content for the streaming service, including documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
In January 2020, Harry and Meghan announced a plan to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America. The couple are currently living in Montecito, California with their one-year-old son, Archie.
Regarding the new deal, the couple have made a statement saying, “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.”
Meghan, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, last appeared in the American cable drama Suits in 2018. While Meghan has no current plans to return to acting, the pair may feature in documentary programming. Meghan recently narrated the Disney+ nature documentary Elephant and Harry has featured in Rising Phoenix, the Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games, and has also joined Oprah Winfrey to produce a mental health-focused docu-series for Apple TV+.
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos, said, “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.”
This deal follows the multi-year production deal Barack and Michelle Obama signed with Netflix in 2018. The former US president and first lady have since released acclaimed documentaries American Factory, Crip Camp and Becoming.