Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s career pivot from being senior working members of the royal family to media moguls with podcasts, books and Netflix shows is off to a rocky… can we still call it a start?
The duo, who signed multi-million dollar deals with both Spotify and Netflix – the reason they say they could afford to move into their Montecito home – are rumoured to not have delivered on their promises thus far. They made just one podcast episode of their original podcast series (Markle has since launched Archetypes which had three episodes released before a pause due to the Queen’s death) and have only released one show – an Invictus Games docuseries, which, boring – too.
Apparently, however, we are about to get a juice Netflix docuseries about the couple, which the streaming service was hoping to drop in December to coincide with the release of the fourth season of The Crown (released next month, yay!)
But following the Queen’s death, apparently, the Sussexes want to push the release back – something that’s already happened with Harry’s “bombshell” memoir, which has been pushed back to 2023 out of respect for the Queen.
Page Six spoke to multiple insiders who claim Meghan and Harry are making a “dramatic u-turn” on both projects. “Netflix has been keen to have the show ready to stream for December,” one source tells the outlet. “There’s a lot of pressure on (Netflix CEO) Ted Sarandos who has the relationship with Harry and Meghan, to get this show finished.”
Page Six also notes that the Sussexes are “keen to take out or downplay” much of what they’ve said about royals including King Charles, his wife Queen Consort Camilla, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, the new Prince and Princess of Wales.
“A lot of conversations are happening,” a source tells the outlet, adding “I hear that Harry and Meghan want the series to be held until next year, they want to stall. I wonder if the show could even be dead in the water at this point, do Harry and Meghan just want to shelve this thing?”
It’s unclear why Harry and Meghan want to make the sudden edits, but it could be to do with the rumour that King Charles is waiting to make decisions about Archie and Lilibet’s titles until after the memoir and docuseries are released. A source recently told Vanity Fair royal expert Katie Nicholl that decisions on titles depend on “what happens in the coming months, particularly with Harry’s book and their TV show.”