Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Didn't Tell the Queen About Their Netflix Deal Before the News Broke

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly didn't tell the Queen about their new deal with Netflix before the news broke.

  • Royal fans finally got an answer to the question, "What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do after the royal exit?" this week.
  • The Sussexes have signed a massive production deal with Netflix for a reported $150 million. They will produce documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows, and children's programming.
  • A royal source has revealed that Harry and Meghan didn't tell the Queen about their Netflix deal before the news was announced publicly.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have hit a lot of milestones in 2020 and they just added another one thanks to the massive deal they signed with Netflix (opens in new tab).

The couple formerly known as Sussex Royal (opens in new tab) will produce documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows, and children's programming for Netflix under a yet-to-be-named production company. Royal fans are, understandably, pumped about the reported $150 million deal (opens in new tab).

One person might not be quite so pumped though: The Queen (opens in new tab). According to The Sun (opens in new tab), the Sussexes didn't get around to giving the monarch a head's up about the news.

"Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal," a royal source said. "Her Majesty is all too aware of the pitfalls of when senior royals embark on lucrative projects—Prince Edwards’ 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."

FWIW, Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) did give fans (and the Queen, by extension) some hints about the work they'll be doing with Netflix in a statement (opens in new tab) they released when the news of the deal broke:

"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 said in their statement, adding that Netflix's "unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."

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