Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a deal with Netflix that may be worth up to $150 million. Now, a royal expert is claiming that the monarchy has been “left looking over its shoulder” in the wake of this deal being announced.
“Family members will be hoping that Harry and Meghan stick to the pledge that they made to ‘uphold the values of Her Majesty’ in ‘everything they do,'” royal commentator Victoria Murphy wrote for Town and Country. “Because, while they have no way of controlling the Sussexes, the actions of this couple will inevitably still reflect on the institution.”
She added that while Harry and Meghan don’t need to engage or answer to critics, the royal family “does not have the same freedom.”
This comes after we reported that Harry didn’t tell his grandmother Queen Elizabeth about the Netflix deal before it was announced.
“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,” another insider added. “Her view is simple, the Royals are not for sale and danger surrounds high profile roles outside of the institution itself.”
However, this source added that “knowing her grandson Harry as she does,” the Queen knows that he and his wife can’t be talked out of this.
Harry and Meghan announced their Netflix deal to the world last week, saying that their focus will be on “creating content that informs but also gives hope”.
“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection,” they said in a statement. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens,” Harry and Meghan added.