Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix Deal Appears Secure: Partnership “Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon,” Company Says

Rumors were circulating that, like Spotify, that deal was in trouble.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at The Lion King premiere in 2019
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Let’s make it clear: Just because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Spotify deal ended earlier this month, it doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom. Their Netflix deal, multiple outlets report, looks to be secure, with the streaming giant speaking out against rumors that they too might pull the plug on the Sussexes.

“The bond with Archewell Productions is one we deeply value,” a Netflix spokesperson said, per The Mirror. “Harry & Meghan launched as Netflix’s most spectacular documentary debut to date.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle standing side by side

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The aforementioned six-part docuseries premiered last December to a ratings boom. The spokesperson, speaking to Entertainment Tonight, continued “Our exciting journey with them isn’t ending anytime soon. We’re currently collaborating on numerous projects, including the much-anticipated documentary series Heart of Invictus.”

Heart of Invictus centers on Harry’s Invictus Games and will premiere in August. Other shows rumored to be in development include a Great Expectations-inspired series, Marie Claire reported earlier this week. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day Service in 2020

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As to the now-defunct Spotify deal, The Independent reports that the couple’s “lack of productivity” left bosses “underwhelmed.” The Wall Street Journal cites Harry and Meghan’s “inexperience as producers” as prohibitive, and the outlet also quoted employees and associates of Archewell—Harry and Meghan’s foundation—as saying the company “lacks direction” and the pair “at times seem surprised by the work required to finish entertainment projects.”

Though some employees feel that way, a spokesperson for the company told The Wall Street Journal “New companies often make changes in their startup phase, both with people and strategy, and we are no exception. We’re more equipped, focused, and energized than ever before.” 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.