Netflix Abandons Meghan Markle Animated Series Amid Cuts – Report | Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has fallen victim to Netflix cuts, according to a US report that said the streaming giant had dropped plans for its animated series Pearl.

Announced with fanfare last summer, with Meghan as creator and executive producer, the “family series” was supposed to focus on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by historically influential female figures.

It would be the first animated production under the Archewell imprint by Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, which was created in 2020 as a vehicle for their new careers in the US following their split from the British royal family.

Netflix, once dominant among streaming platforms but now struggling with slumping subscriber numbers and a collapse in share value, dropped out of the project amid a wave of cutbacks, according to Deadline.

Referring to the decision unflatteringly as “a royal flush,” the entertainment industry website said the project that Meghan was co-executive producing with David Furnish, who is married to Elton John, was canceled in the development phase. .

“Word in town is that even before recent events, Netflix was telling producers to take some development projects elsewhere,” the report said.

“Clearly, Netflix’s excessively high content spending is being reassessed. It is unreasonable to expect its executives to manage so many projects and for many of them to be memorable.”

Netflix did not immediately comment.

There was also no immediate reaction from Archewell, making it clear whether the company would continue production of Pearl or try to move it elsewhere.

Archewell’s other projects with Netflix, including the documentary series Heart of Invictus, about the Harry Olympics-style Invictus Games for former military personnel with disabilities, are not believed to be affected.

The former working royalty, who lives in Montecito, California, signed a multi-year deal with Netflix in September last year.

Netflix has released two animated series not produced by Archewell, Dino Daycare and Boons and Curses, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In publicity material for Pearl’s announcement last summer, Meghan said she was excited.

“Like many girls her age, our hero Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” she said.

“I am thrilled that Archewell Productions, in partnership with the powerful platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will bring you this new animated series that celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.

“David Furnish and I were looking forward to bringing this special series to light.”

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