Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly agreed to be filmed for a Netflix reality series, with the former Hollywood actress keen for people to see the "real her". Their Sh14.1billion deal with the streaming giant had initially been understood to revolve largely around producing and voice over work. But a source told The Sun the show would afford the world "a glimpse into their lives" despite the pair's insistence they moved to the US to get away from alleged media intrusion.
The Sussexes said they hoped to "shine a light on people and causes around the world" as they stood down from senior royal duties. A source said: "They may have had all these lofty ideas about producing epics highlighting environmental causes and the poverty gap, but Netflix obviously want their pound of flesh." They added the concept is "tasteful" and not a " Katie Price and Peter Andre-style reality show" but would focus on their charity work.
It is understood the cameras would follow them for three months, though it's currently unclear if it will include footage inside their lavish Montecito home where they secretly moved in July. Majesty Magazine editor Ingrid Sew said the whole idea "appears rather hypocritical" as Harry and Meghan said they moved to California to get away from the spotlight. PR expert Mark Borkowski said, however, they are "doing this on their own terms", adding Netflix's big hits are all reality shows "so it makes sense", but would be something the Royal Family "will find hard to stomach".
Netflix has confirmed the Sussexes have a number of projects in the pipeline, including a nature docuseries and an animated show about inspiring women. It comes after claims their intervention into the US election last week was a "violation" of their deal with the Queen to leave Britain. Harry and Meghan appeared in a video from their Sh1.4billion California mansion to plead with Americans to "reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity".
Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral - something Harry acknowledged, making it clear he had never voted in a UK election. But under the Sandringham accord - thrashed out in March when they announced they wanted to turn their back on the UK and move abroad - they vowed that "everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty".
It comes as The duchess is claimed to have maintained her US citizenship throughout her time in Britain to keep open the possibility of going into politics. A source speaking to respected magazine Vanity Fair said: "One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics. I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles, she would seriously consider running for president."