Earlier this week, we reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a massive deal with Netflix that may have been worth as much as $150 million. Now, however, a royal source has come forward to claim that Harry and Meghan didn’t tell his grandmother Queen Elizabeth about the deal before they announced it.
“Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal,” a 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,” the insider added. “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,” the source continued.
While the Queen was not notified of the deal, it’s been reported that the Netflix agreement will be “examined” by the palace for its commercial links.
“Under the terms of their deal to forgo their royal duties, they agreed any commercial deals would be subject to discussion,” another source said, adding that this Netflix deal was similar to speaking engagements or corporate work that would be scrutinized.
Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe spoke out to say that the Queen will probably be worried about what the deal with Netflix will look like.
“The Netflix deal represents a significant move for Harry and Meghan,” he said. “It would make them far more independent and allows them to cut their ties to the Royal family even further. The suggestion that the Queen was effectively the last to know is astonishing.”
Before signing with Netflix, Harry and Meghan reportedly had talks with Disney and Apple.
“People will also question whether this lucrative deal was Meghan’s plan all along,” Larcombe continued. “Marry a Royal, and boost your Hollywood clout beyond your wildest dreams. Personally I think that would be a bit unfair on Meghan but as ever it is perception that rules and for some this will be the worst example of a Royal ’cashing-in’ in the history of the family.”