Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a deal with Netflix that could be worth up to $150 million. While this was a huge move for them that will finally give the couple the financially independence that they crave, it was actually not their first choice for them for their post royal-life.
On the Royally Obsessed podcast, hosts and royal experts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie talked about Harry and Meghan’s new deal, and revealed what their original plan had been.
“It must have felt kind of nice to put in writing and release that information that they haven’t been receiving any money,” Fiorito said, according to The Express. “It confirms that they are doing this on their own and they planned for that and are going to be alright.”
“I didn’t expect it to be so so quickly. Six months later, they’re already wiping their hands of the Royal Family’s coffers,” Bowie added. “What struck me as most surprising is how quickly they were able to follow through their plans. They essentially said, ‘we laid out these plans, and it’s not going to be a year, we’re done’. They mean business.”
Fiorito then talked about Harry and Meghan’s original plan, which she said was vetoed by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
“They also had to pivot from their full plan. They were going to do SussexRoyal, but the Queen put a stop to that,” the royal expert explained. “They really had a different idea in their heads in January of how this would all go. So I’m curious how long the Netflix deal has been in discussions, but I feel like they have made things happen.”
This comes after it was reported that Harry and Meghan did not tell the Queen about the Netflix deal before they announced it, which would mean she never had a chance to veto this plan.
“Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal,” a royal source told The Sun. “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.”