Meghan Markle began working on her Netflix project with David Furnish in 2018, long before she left England, according to Page Six.
It was revealed that Meghan and Furnish were in active talks with Netflix while the mother of two was still a senior working member of the royal family and living behind Palace walls.
In March, Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry, insisted that they had never considered collaborating with streaming services like Netflix and Spotify until they abruptly left the UK for the United States in early 2020.
During the couple’s shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry revealed that the large-money deals they made after moving to California were “never part of the plan.”
Adding, “That was suggested by somebody else by the point where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us.”
Harry stated that they were able to begin a new life because of the millions left to him by his late mother, Princess Diana.
“I’ve got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this,” he said.
But during the pandemic, a friend suggested: “‘What about streamers?’” Harry continued, while Markle added, “We genuinely hadn’t thought about it before.”
Harry continued, “We hadn’t thought about it. So, there were all sorts of different options. And look, from my perspective, all I needed was enough money to be able to pay for security to keep my family safe.’”
According to reports, the Netflix series was originally just one of a number of one-off advocacy projects that Markle began working on while still a working member of the royal family, including her charity cookbook to raise funds for the victims of the London Grenfell Tower fire and the issue of British Vogue that she edited.
Furnish admitted they had been working on the project for a while, writing on Instagram this week, “I am delighted that we are finally able to announce this exciting animated series… The series’ collaboration team is first-rate, and @netflix is the ideal partner.”
Meghan, who is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter Lilibet, said in a statement, “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, in collaboration with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will bring you this new animated series… David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am overjoyed that we can do so today.”
The series, which does not yet have a release date, will follow a young girl who finds inspiration from influential women in history while on a “heroic adventure.”
Before leaving the royal family, Harry had openly discussed his Apple + mental health show “The Me You Can’t See” with producing partner Winfrey in early 2019.
It was also reported that the couple was in 2019 talks about a commercial partnership with Quibi, the now-defunct streaming platform led by LA titans Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Furnish and his husband, Elton John, are close friends of Meghan and Harry. John was friends with Princess Diana, famously updating “Candle in the Wind” in her honor, and he has remained protective of Harry and his brother Prince William.
John sang a number of songs at Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception in May 2018, including “Tiny Dancer” and “Circle of Life,” and was a guest on their Spotify holiday special in 2020.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were chastised for flying in a private jet to visit Furnish and Elton at their home in Nice, France, with their then-baby son Archie in August 2019, John defended them vehemently.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home.
“To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight. To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon-neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint.”
He then demanded an end to “these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted almost daily.”