The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the UK on March 31 as they stepped down from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family. They cited their reason for leaving as a need to find financial independence and freedom from media scrutiny. While the couple were originally due to move to Canada, they opted for Los Angeles instead. They have recently bought a home in an affluent neighbourhood of Santa Barbara, called Montecito, where they live with their 15-month-old son, Archie.
And now, Harry and Meghan have signed up to a deal with streaming platform giant Netflix.
The deal could see the couple rake in as much as £75million for their documentaries and programming.
However, Harry and Meghan decided not to inform the Queen of their plans before signing the deal, in another blow to the Royal Family.
A source told the Sun: “Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal.”
The 94-year-old monarch and Harry’s grandmother was, instead, delivered the news by her aides.
The source added: “Her Majesty is all too aware of the pitfalls of when senior royals embark on lucrative projects – Prince Edward’s production flop and some of the deals Sarah Ferguson has signed over the years to name a few.
“Her view is simple, the Royals are not for sale and danger surrounds high profile roles outside of the institution itself.
“But knowing her grandson Harry as she does, the Queen will know there would have been little chance of talking Harry and Meghan out of it.”
The duo, who have never produced a TV show or anything like it before, will be making documentaries, films, scripted and children’s programme as part of the new partnership.
While the couple may not have told the Queen about the deal, it has been reported the Netflix deal will be “examined” by the Palace over its commercial links.
An insider claimed the commercial deal would be “scrutinised” and looked at in depth.
This is of particular significance as the couple are still paying back the £2.4million costs for refurbishing Frogmore Cottage.
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The source said: “Under the terms of their deal to forgo their royal duties, they [Harry and Meghan] agreed any commercial deals would be subject to discussion.”
The source pointed out that the Netflix deal was similar to any speaking arrangement or corporate work, that would also fall under scrutiny.
In a statement about their work, the couple said: “Our focus will be on crating content that informs, but also gives hope.
“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also very important to us.”
They added that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action”.
Their productions will be exclusive to Netflix, which boasts a staggering 193million users across the world.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-chief executive and chief content officer, said he was “proud” the duo had chosen to work with the streaming giant.
Mr Sarandos 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.”