Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did not tell the Queen about their Netflix deal, which could be worth $ 150 million, before announcing it to the world, a royal source claims.
The Duke, 35, and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, who recently purchased a $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, have signed a new deal with the streaming service and say they want to provide “ hope and inspiration ” with their upcoming projects .
Still, Her Majesty, 94, had to be told by her assistants about the couple’s new venture – which involves a still-to-be-named production company engaged in making documentaries, feature films and children’s programs.
A source said The sun: ‘Harry did not inform the queen about the Netflix deal.’
It comes after reports that royal officials will “ investigate the couple’s deal ” after agreeing to approve new commercial ventures when they leave public life.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Wednesday that they have signed a deal with Netflix. Shown in a video provided by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Monday, July 6, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have never produced a TV show, will be making documentaries, films, scripts and children’s shows in the new partnership.
Her Majesty is all too aware of the pitfalls of when senior royals embark on lucrative projects – the Prince Edwards production flop and some of the deals Sarah Ferguson has signed over the years to name a few, the source told Fabulous.
‘Her opinion is simple: the Royals are not for sale and there is a danger of high-profile roles outside the institution itself.’
However, they added that the Queen, ‘knowing her grandson Harry as she does’, will appreciate that the Duke and Duchess cannot be talked out of their plans.
Harry and Meghan said on Wednesday that they had founded a production company to make documentaries, feature films, script shows and children’s programs.
But the pair did not tell the queen (photo in July) about their deal, which could be worth $ 150 million, before it was announced to the world, a royal source claims.
Vowing to create ‘impactful content that unlocks action’, they took a closer look at the names of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and talked about the company’s ‘unprecedented reach’.
They are expected to create content that includes work on ‘mental health’, an animated series about women, a nature documentary, and shows about community service.
However, according to a source, royal officials will “ investigate Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal ” after agreeing to approve new commercial ventures when they leave public life.
A palace insider claimed that, despite the loss of official duties, profit-oriented plans would be “up for debate.”
There are questions as to what it will look like to taxpayers if the Sussexes still haven’t paid the £ 2.4 million they spent refurbishing Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
The source told the MirrorHarry and Meghan left as working members of the family with the best wishes from everyone and it is sincere to hope that they will find the happiness that seemed to be lacking in their lives.
It goes without saying, however, that all the deals they make will be scrutinized by the royal family.
Under the terms of their deal to relinquish their royal duties, they agreed that any commercial deals would be up for discussion.
Harry and Meghan were given the green light in January to make commercial deals – but the monetization projects will be scrutinized by the Queen after a year.
The landmark agreement stipulated that the pair will drop their HRH titles, return £ 2.4 million to taxpayers and no longer receive public funds.
In return, they were allowed to leave the front line and were given a license to expand their brand.