Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t get the reception they were hoping for when they made their first public appearance together outside of St Paul’s Cathedral after the National Thanksgiving Service during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
Despite everything that has happened between the Sussexes and the royal family over the past two years, the prince and his wife couldn’t hide the disappointment on their faces when they heard the derision mixed with the applause of the crowd. The moment was a bit of a surprise to others who witnessed it because hearing a crowd booing a royal outside a church during a celebration is unheard of. But it did happen, and now some of the companies the Duke and Duchess deal with are reportedly wanting answers about the booing, including Netflix.
Meghan and Harry have reportedly been under pressure from the streaming giant for some time.
In September 2020, after moving to the US, Harry and Meghan signed a mega deal worth around $100 million to produce content for Netflix.
At the time, the couple released a statement saying, “Our lives, both as independents and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: courage, resilience, and the need to connect. Through our work with diverse communities and their environments to shed light on people and causes around the world, we will focus on creating content that informs but also provides hope.”
In July 2021, Sussex’s Archewell Productions announced that the Duchess was working on a children’s animated series. But in April 2022, Netflix shut down this program called Pearl while it was still under development.
The following month, reports surfaced that Meghan and Harry were in talks to allow cameras into their Montecito home for filming. Keep up with the KardashiansAsk a reality show about your life. Several outlets reported that Netflix hoped it would also include footage and audio of their visit to the UK, but they didn’t expect it to rain.
Royal expert says Netflix and other companies seek explanation after booing
The reception the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received outside of St Paul’s Cathedral doesn’t sound like something Netflix is happy with given the company’s $100 million investment into the couple. Now, royal commentator Neil Shawn claims the streaming platform’s executives are looking for an explanation for the backlash the couple has received outside of the church.
“As members of the royal family, you are used to being warmly welcomed at events, and any protests or unwanted reactions are controlled by the police. But being celebrities, you can’t control the crowd,” Sean said on his YouTube channel. To express). “This is what happened when Harry and Meghan [showed] near St. Paul’s Cathedral as part of a thanksgiving service. When they got back to the States, they were worried about reception, especially to the bosses at Netflix, Spotify and Penguin Random House, and they had to explain exactly where those whoops came from.”
Sean added: “Harry and Meghan’s team needs to explain to people why they were booed. According to a very good source, this backlash came as a very big shock to Harry and Meghan. They found that they were not loved as much as they thought. That’s not to say they don’t have fans in the UK, they do, but right now it’s a mixed bag.”
Netflix wanted more access to Jubilee than the Sussexes could offer.
Prior to Meghan and Harry’s visit, some thought the production team would be following the couple for a behind-the-scenes look at the anniversary celebrations and possibly use that for Netflix content. However, the Sussexes were actually kept in the background during the festivities after it was announced that they were not allowed to appear on the balcony with working royals. And from the palace, they said that no film crew “will be given privileged access to royal events.”
So fans will just have to wait and see if there will eventually be a Meghan and Harry docu-series and what that entails.
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