Have you heard about the major deal that Harry and Meghan sealed with Netflix? It’s a big step for the Sussexes–and it’s making the more conservative royal watchers really mad.
Producing Family-Friendly Educational Content
Harry and Meghan’s as-yet-unnamed production company will be focusing on the kind of content they’d like Archie to grow up watching. Although no specifics have been announced, the rumor is that they’re working on a nature documentary and a cartoon that empowers girls and women.
Meghan has said that she does not plan to act again. However, her wording left the door open for interviews, docuseries, voiceovers, and other work as herself.
Paying Off Frogmore
One of the big sticking points when Harry and Meghan decided to leave royal life behind was Frogmore Cottage. Specifically, the UK tabloids wanted to know why the taxpayers should foot the bill for the $3.1 million in renovations and improvements to the Sussexes’ home if they weren’t working royals anymore.
Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, became the Sussexes’ full-time home after they married. When they decided to leave, they promised to “pay back” the costs for the reno out of their own pockets.
Now a representative for the couple told Harper’s Bazaar that the debt is paid. While we don’t know for certain how much money Harry and Meghan received for the Netflix deal, it’s awfully interesting that they paid back the Sovereign Grant right after the deal was announced.
Did Harry Tell the Queen?
Insider sources claim that Harry and Meghan didn’t give Buckingham Palace a heads’ up about their Netflix deal. The source told The Sun that the Queen is not amused by the move.
“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 source said.
“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.”
How This Could Shake the Monarchy
The Queen’s main job is to protect the institution of the monarchy. That’s one of the reasons Meghan had such an uphill battle–she challenged too much of the status quo at once. Many of the more conservative, old-school royal reporters will never stop attacking Meghan for having the gall to marry a British prince.
Angela Levin, a royal biographer who wrote a book about Harry in 2018, claimed that “This is the biggest exploitation of the Royal Family that has been in our lifetime. I think this was plotted right from the beginning, before the wedding even. Meghan has used the Royal Family and Harry to go from being a C-lister to one of the most famous and richest women in the world.”
But what if we approached the issue from a different direction. If Harry and Meghan’s idea turns out to be wildly profitable and admired by the public, how long will it be before other young royals start chafing at protocol? That’s the real danger the Sussexes pose to the House of Windsor.