Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Insisted That Netflix End 'The Crown' Before It Gets to Their Drama

"They’re being naive as they have been about lots of things in that they don’t realize that a big company like Netflix is going to want its pint of blood."

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  • When they signed their massive deal with Netflix, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) shocked a lot of royal fans who were surprised they would work with the streaming giant, which produces the royal drama The Crown (opens in new tab)
  • According to royal biographer Angela Levin, Harry confided in her two years ago that the royal family did indeed watch the series, but that he was determined to make sure it stopped before it got to his adult life and relationship with Meghan Markle.
  • Although Harry and Meghan reportedly used their position as partners with Netflix to insist that The Crown end before it got to their royal drama, Levin fears the strategy might backfire and that Netflix might actually end up "getting a lot of information that will absolutely decry the royal family" from the Sussexes. 

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) signed their massive production deal with Netflix (opens in new tab), it answered a few questions (like "what will Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) do with their time following their royal exit?" and "how will the Sussexes achieve the financial independence from the rest of the royal they announced they wanted?"), but it raised a lot more.

Many people immediately thought of Netflix's hit drama, The Crown (opens in new tab), (opens in new tab) which focuses on the dramas and scandals that have marked the lives of the modern British royal family. You know, as in most of Harry's direct relatives. Since The Crown (opens in new tab) doesn't always portray every member of the royal family in the most positive of lights (like its ongoing implications of Prince Philip's infidelity (opens in new tab)), some wondered if the Sussexes' decision to ink a deal (opens in new tab) with the streaming giant would add even more stress to their already-strained relationship with the rest of the Windsor clan.

According to The Mirror (opens in new tab), some new reports suggest that Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) leveraged their deal as a way to make a very specific demand about the future of The Crown—specifically, that it end before their own royal drama. At least one royal expert, royal biographer Angela Levin (opens in new tab), who penned the 2018 bio Harry: (opens in new tab)Conversations with the Prince (opens in new tab), thinks this strategy was a mistake that could backfire on the couple.

Levin described the Sussexes' decision (opens in new tab) to sign their deal with Netflix as a "terrible error" because The Crown "is ridiculing his father, his mother and his grandmother," according to The Mirror (opens in new tab). According to Levin, Harry told her two years ago that the royal family were "all absolutely watching everything" on The Crown, but was already declaring that he was "going to insist it stops before it reaches me."

Even though Harry has had his sights on keeping himself out of The Crown (opens in new tab) for years now, Levin thinks his and Meghan's deal with Netflix could actually make things worse, not better, in that department. Per The Mirror, Levin explained:

Guess we'll just have to wait for The Crown's sixth and final season to see how this plays out.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.