Prince Charles launches new climate change TV channel in deal with Amazon Prime after Harry and Meghan’s £75m contract with rival Netflix
- RE:TV will feature direct plea from Prince of Wales for people to ‘act now’
- It is clear that Charles is not being paid for his curator of the new channel
- It contains films about sustainability, the natural environment and innovation
Prince Charles has launched a new climate change TV channel in a deal with Amazon Prime.
The channel, called RE:TV, will also feature a direct plea from the Prince of Wales to ‘act now’ in tackling issues facing the future of the planet.
It comes as Amazon is looking to improve its eco credentials amid concerns about its carbon footprint.
The move comes just months after Harry and Meghan announced their £75 million contract with streaming rival Netflix.
Prince Charles has launched a new climate change TV channel in a deal with Amazon Prime
RE:TV highlights projects from around the world working on initiatives that can help transform the way business is done and help people create a cleaner and more sustainable economy.
Obviously, Charles is not being paid for his curation of the channel, which will air new movies as well as existing material.
Films cover topics such as sustainability, the natural environment and innovation, with a focus on industries such as coffee production and fashion.
Charles said: ‘I have spent much of my life trying to involve people and companies in the problems and solutions of the climate crisis.
“RE:TV was therefore founded with the aim of capturing the will and imagination of humanity and championing the most inspiring solutions for sustainability from around the world.”
Amazon launched a Climate Pledge in 2019, announcing plans to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord ten years earlier.
Initiatives such as electric vans have been launched in response to concerns about the impact the company and its operations have had on the planet.
In April, it was revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had secured their first TV series with Netflix – a documentary series about the Invictus Games.
The programme, Heart of Invictus, follows participants around the world who train for the Games in The Hague, which were expected to take place in 2020, but were postponed until next year due to the pandemic.
Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions are teaming up with director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara on the series that will follow athletes and organizers alike as they prepare for the event.
The move comes just months after Harry and Meghan announced their £75 million contract with streaming rival Netflix
Netflix said the pair would produce “content that informs but also gives hope,” from documentaries and scripted series to feature films and children’s programs.
Another project as part of the deal is an animation show on which Meghan is already collaborating with Sir Elton John’s husband in 2018.
The Duchess is collaborating with David Furnish on the project that follows a “12-year-old heroine who finds inspiration in influential women of history.”
Sources claimed that Page six those talks about this new program have been “on” for three years – but they also told the website that the project started as a charity venture when Meghan was a working royal.
The report claimed the show was “originally just one of a number of one-off advocacy projects that Markle began working on when he was a working member of the royal family.”
Husband Harry told Oprah Winfrey in March that they were only thinking about their big deal with Netflix after leaving the UK for North America early last year.
It’s therefore possible that the Netflix deal is something very different from this newly announced show, which Meghan could have been working on for years.