Prince Harry played polo in California today, as Deadline quietly revealed that Netflix dropped his and Meghan Markle’s first animated project Pearl. It’s the latest sign that the couple’s post-Megxit plans are beginning to implode.
“Meghan Markle-Created Animated Series ‘Pearl’ Gets an Undesirable Royal Flush in Netflix Cutbacks, Streamer Nixes Meghan and Prince Harry’s Archewell Productions Project.”
That’s the title from Deadline’s report about the decision to cancel Pearl, which described the animated show as announced last summer with “fanfare” and as a family series about “the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in a variety of influential women throughout history.”
Though co-produced with David Furnish, husband to Elton John, the story was clearly focused on Meghan, as her childhood nickname is reportedly Pearl.
At the time, Meghan stated, “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges. I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”
Apparently, after working with the two for over a year, Netflix didn’t feel the same way.
This isn’t necessarily a surprise as Netflix has announced the axing of many animated series—however, Harry and Meghan were an incredibly pricey acquisition for Netflix. Reportedly, the couple could earn upwards of $100 million for content.
But they’ve already cancelled one of the two projects announced, the other being Heart of Invictus.
That’s not a good sign.
Given the immense amount of publicity that Harry and Meghan receive on a daily and weekly basis, any content they produce would get eyeballs, regardless of whether or not it’s good. Pearl may have still been in production, but that Netflix dropped it is incredibly telling.
The Deadline article goes on to state that the streaming service “remains bullishness on the Archewell deal with a number of projects percolating. ”
This makes it sound like the Netflix is stubbornly keeping the couple, despite any of the challenges they’ve reportedly had.
“And Markel has spent enough time in Hollywood as an actress to have heard the word ‘no’ in the past.”
That’s putting it lightly.
For the entirety of her career, that’s all Meghan heard: No. No. No. No. No.
At this point, given the royal title she desperately clings to, “no” should no longer be in the dictionary, or at least that’s probably what she thought and lead Harry to believe.
When they initially arrived in California after the lockdowns began and they managed to acquire mega million-dollar deals, they thought it would be smooth sailing. But there has never been any evidence that Meghan is a visionary or creative, and Harry barely graduated high school. This idea that they were going to become movers and shakers in Hollywood was a delusion, which is slowly beginning to implode around them.
Netflix and Spotify are wising up. Meghan might talk a good game for the two of them, but her and Harry really have nothing concrete to offer Hollywood, especially after their brand has become increasingly more toxic.
Harry and Meghan should be prepared for more negative news, as companies and Hollywood take stock and begin to distance themselves from the couple.
But as their deals seem at the precipice of demise, Harry took to the polo pitch this weekend to play with professional player Nacho Figueras.
Tellingly, TMZ got shots of the two, sans children, on the polo pitch. In perhaps the best image of the day, Harry was seen leaning over with his hands on his rear end. Instead of becoming power players, the couple have literally become the butt of the joke.
Staying inside the royal family probably doesn’t look so bad now, does it Harry and Meghan?