Queen Elizabeth and the royal family might be eventually affected by the setback Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are experiencing with Netflix. Richard Eden, a Palace Confidential broadcaster, weighed in on the Sussexes' problem and why it could be a cause of concern in the royal household.
Queen Elizabeth Allegedly 'Nervous' With Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's Netflix Setback
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a multi-million, multi-year deal with Netflix. However, the streaming company is losing a number of subscribers and is trying to cut costs to grow its revenue. Netflix canceled several shows, including Meghan Markle's animated cartoon series Pearl.
With Prince Harry and Markle facing a major setback with Netflix, royal commentator Richard Eden speculated that the members of the royal family are "nervous" they might be dragged into the issue — when it comes to the content that the Sussex will produce in the future.
"I think it's a real problem. They fancied themselves as producers. They saw this as the first of many, many programmes. But they don't have the experience," Eden said per Geo.TV.
"What’s so significant and what’s frankly worrying is that the only projects that will get the green light from Netflix now will be very personal ones about the Royal Family. The only project they have at the moment is about the Invictus Games, which is a very worthy cause, but it's all about Harry."
Invictus is a "personal" project for Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex founded the annual event to help the injured veterans and servicemen and women.
Markle joined Prince Harry in the Netherlands last month for the Invictus Games and even gave a speech at the event even if she had no formal role in the organization. Since the only project from Sussexes that received Netflix's go signal is Invictus, Eden speculated that "any future projects will have to be similarly personal, from how Harry has coped with grief or something to tie into his memoirs."
The problem is that when Sussex's content becomes personal, it will involve their families. Prince Harry's family is the royals, and they are not into documenting their lives.
"It will have to be personal and it will have to involve the Royal Family. That puts them in an awkward position because I don’t think they wanted to do that and certainly, it will make people very nervous back at Buckingham," Eden added.
Queen Elizabeth And Princess Anne Don't Want Royal Family Being Filmed
The royal family is a public figure, but unlike celebrities, they are not fans of cameras and still want to keep their lives private. But due to their popularity, there are various documentaries about them. Some they approved of, others they do not.
According to a previous report, there was a documentary that the Queen attempted to ban. Her only daughter, Princess Anne supported her decision not to release the said documentary that features their lives in the palace, including an intimate family moment where they were enjoying a barbecue.
"I never liked the idea of the Royal Family film. I always thought it was a rotten idea," Princess Anne allegedly said, per Express. "The attention that had been brought on one ever since one was a child, you just didn't want anymore. The last thing you needed was greater access."
However, the documentary was still released and it became one of the most-watched documentaries with 30 million views in the U.K.
"It meant that considerably more people in Britain watched the Queen helping Prince Charles with the salad dressing on the banks of Loch Muick than the event which occurred a month later – man landing on the moon," Hardman told The Telegraph, per Express.
Hardman added that the documentary was not new but it was seen as footage of personal snapshots of the royal family. When the Queen retained the copyright, she did not want the material to be quarried or adapted in the years to come.
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