Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have signed a multiyear deal with the US streaming service Netflix, which has more than 193 million subscribers worldwide. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stood down as senior royals less than six months ago, will produce documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
The signing, which will see the pair found a new yet-to-be-named production company, gives a sweet nod to their 15-month-old son Archie, as they are keen to produce family programmes.
The couple said in a statement: “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.”
They added that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
The content will be exclusive to Netflix.
It is not yet known how much Meghan and Harry will be paid for the deal.
Netflix has said they are delighted to have the Duke and Duchess on board.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer and co-chief executive said: “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.”
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The couple are unlikely to have major roles within the new shows, as Meghan has previously ruied out a return to acting after her starring role in US legal drama Suits.
Last week Prince Harry made his Netflix debut in Rising Phoneix, a documentary about the Paralympic Games.
The new film charts the history of the Games and features a number of athletes who have taken part in them over the years.
Prince Harry, who founded the Invictus Games in 2014 for wounded veterans, features in the documentary.
He talks about the power of sport and the incredible impact of the Paralympic Games on both athletes and spectres.
The Duke said: “Yes, lives are being changed on the track.
“But lives are also being changed in the stands.”