When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were stepping back from their royal duties and moving to California, one could have only hoped that it would segue into a reality show — or that we’d at least get paparazzi pics of them shopping or drinking green juices while walking with Baby Archie. Interestingly, rumors have popped up that royal watchers might be getting the former, as The Sun reported that the two are in talks with Netflix about a “fly on the wall” reality series about their charity work, which would offer a glimpse into their lives over the course of three months. It was unclear whether or not cameras would be allowed in their Montecito home.
As the New York Times previously reported, the couple signed a “megawatt” deal with the streaming service to produce educational and family programming. They said, in a statement at the time, “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.” But their plans might have changed — emphasis on “might have” — because there are conflicting reports about what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are really up to with this shift in career.
People are already trashing Meghan Markle for her Netflix deal
Everyone seems to have something to say when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s deal with Netflix. For example, The Sun‘s source reportedly said, “They may have had all these lofty ideas about producing epics highlighting environmental causes and the poverty gap, but Netflix obviously want[s] their pound of flesh. It will all be very tasteful, and not Katie Price and Peter Andre-style reality TV, but they want to give people a glimpse into their lives and see all the charity work they do.”
Being The Sun, the report also had some editorializing to do, with Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, telling the outlet that she thought it was deceptive to make a reality show for Netflix. “We were told they had gone to California for greater privacy so it all appears rather hypocritical,” she told the tab. For some people in the U.K., Meghan will never be able to get anything right. But people might be getting ahead of themselves if they think they’re getting a Kardashian-level glimpse into the day-to-day lives of Harry and Meghan.
But Meghan Markle and Prince Harry denied they're making a reality show
Although a reality show with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would be a gift from the Netflix gods, don’t get your hopes (or your gripes) up. According to People, a spokesperson for the couple shut down the gossip that they were letting cameras get a “glimpse into their lives.”
“The Duke and Duchess are not taking part in any reality shows,” the spokesman said. And if you think about it, it does make sense. Even though the couple has stepped away from royal duties, a reality show is a bit of a stretch for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Docu-series and other types of programming that coincide with their philanthropic work and their values sound much more plausible. Still, Meghan and Harry stans can dream, right? If only for a glimpse into that $14 million house they bought near friend Oprah Winfrey.
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