Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a “short window” to demonstrate Netflix’s worth: “No pressure!”
As observers increase pressure on the couple over their content deals, MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry “just have a tiny window” to demonstrate their value to the streaming behemoth.
Last year, the couple took the historic choice to leave the Royal Family behind and go to the United States in order to live a “financially independent life” apart from the monarchy. They’ve spent a fortune since then on a slew of new amenities, including a property in Montecito, a posh coastal community about two hours north of Los Angeles. While they’ve landed a slew of lucrative deals with companies like Netflix and Spotify, Harry said to Oprah Winfrey in March that he was financially cut off from his family.
When the Clarence House financial reports for the year were disclosed in June, Prince Charles’ spokeswoman indicated that the Sussexes got a “significant sum” on their departure and that they were paid until the summer of 2020.
However, observers are doubtful that Netflix and Spotify executives are overjoyed after only a few content initiatives have been disclosed.
Among them are a single Spotify podcast (a holiday edition in which their small son Archie made his first public words) and two Netflix ventures.
Meghan will produce an animated series called Pearl as one of the two Netflix projects.
Meanwhile, Harry will make a documentary about the Invictus Games, a sports competition for wounded ex-servicemen and women.
However, given that the agreement was inked about a year ago, some critics have suggested that Netflix may be expecting a little more from their alleged £100 million investment in the couple.
“When the Sussexes do start unveiling their slate of TV and podcasting initiatives, they will receive one shot; that is, one chance to dazzle audiences and make their imprint either in terms of steaming stats or critical plaudits,” royal observer Daniela Elser wrote earlier this year for News.com.
“Will their contracts be renewed when the novelty and glamour of working with members of the Royal Family wears off, if they don’t have streaming counts or a slew of prizes to show for themselves?”
“They will essentially have a brief.” Brinkwire Summary News.