Meghan and Harry Netflix are under pressure to film the Queen’s Anniversary

Meghan and Harry are in a dire situation ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee as the streaming giant comes under pressure.

If you were going to present the series on a major streaming platform, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect plot: a beautiful damsel in distress (and diamonds), a dashing prince riding in his electric car to save her, supposedly the Winter Queen, a bitter rivalry with a sympathetic enemy and our couple, eventually making a daring leap to freedom.

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It has everything! I love! Tears! Private jets! Paphos to disgrace! (There’s even Uncle Slash Ogre in the mix!)

This is a show that you, me, and anyone with thumbs back would eat in the blink of an eye. Now one has to wonder if this is what Netflix thought they could get their hands on when they managed to get Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to sign the dotted line.

Fast forward to September 2020 and it was Netflix who had to announce that they had secured the talents of the world’s most famous unemployed and inexperienced TV producers. At the time, they were the hottest of hot celebrities, doing the completely unthinkable and turning their backs on royal life and lifetime tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show.

At first it seemed like a match made in heaven: lots of great money for the Sussexes; the presence of real members of the royal family in the Netflix books.

But it’s been nearly two years and cracks are starting to appear in that marriage, with a new report arguing that London’s upcoming platinum anniversary celebration could be a tipping point.

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Until now, the world has not yet seen the slightest hint of the production skills of the Duke and Duchess. Of their two shows publicly approved by Netflix, a documentary about Harry Heart of the Invictus filmed until last month (and probably still will) and a Megan animated series for kids Pearl was fired last month in a series of high-profile cancellations.

With messages that The Sussex deal is worth $140 million.so far, Netflix has not received any real return on their many, many dollars.

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Now, an American consultant for the company has ominously revealed that the company’s senior management is “evaluating” what “unique, exclusive and interesting content” the couple has to offer.

“We are approaching a point in the business where Netflix executives are evaluating what content around the royals and the Sussexes is actually reaching them,” the consultant said. Mirror.

“If you are a networker, then you have signed them up for their unique appeal and appeal given their royal access and understanding.

“Of course, both are creative and Harry has made some powerful mental health documentaries, but the big money comes from big projects.

“That’s why tens of millions of dollars were potentially pledged.”

So what could the Sussexes do to get a good “grade”? Funny you have to ask what’s up with the Platinum Anniversary celebration in about two weeks.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that, after several months of nodding, Harry and Meghan would indeed return to the UK to mark the history-making 70th birthday of his grandmother. .

Also on the trip will be their two young children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, who will celebrate their first birthdays during the anniversary weekend.

It is not known if a large film crew of dozens of people can join them.

In April, when they traveled to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, they were followed by a crowd of 30 cameramen, sound engineers and other production workers.

Last September, when they went to New York, Page six reported that Meghan and Harry were “secretly recording their visit to New York for a Netflix documentary about their lives,” including while visiting the 9/11 memorial, at the United Nations, and at the Vaccine Equality Concert.

In November, when they returned to the Big Apple, daily mail posted photos of a film crew following them to the Veterans Day gala, with camera equipment being carried into the apartment they were staying in.

For weeks, the House of Windsor has reportedly been worried about the prospect of the grinning telephoto lenses also breaching the palace gates.

Earlier this month The sun reported that “the caretakers of the palace will stop any Harry and Meghan Netflix team if they try to film at royal events during the Platinum Jubilee.”

“The team was tasked with stopping any action by filmmakers aimed at ‘exploiting’ the streaming giant. [$143 million] deal with the couple at the Queen’s four-day celebrations.”

A senior source told the newspaper: “The concern is [a Netflix crew] will promote it and try to gain access to the anniversary celebration locations where they can film Harry, Meghan and their children.

“Even if they admit that their Netflix team can’t go to Buckingham Palace for filming, they can create problems – and at least a big distraction.

“Senior courtiers believe Netflix will see this as one big opportunity to leverage its multi-million dollar deal with the couple.”

That said, while the Queen may have been blunt about all the Real Housewives of Westminster bullshit, it seems like Netflix is ​​starting to get a little nervous. Mirrorwith steam pressure setting for product delivery.

“The anniversary is the biggest gathering of UK royals in years and that means Harry and Meghan will be with everyone,” the consultant said. “The chiefs want exclusive footage, and their dream is to get a glimpse of the royal world that has not been seen before.

“Many in the business are wondering what will happen if the Sussexes fail to deliver unique, exclusive and compelling content from the biggest royal family event in recent years.”

Since the Palace and any other royal property is out of bounds, the only possible location for royal filming is the dysfunctional no man’s land of Sussex Frogmore Cottage. The couple are believed to have been paying commercial rent on the property since 2020 and this is technically still their UK address (they renewed their lease earlier this year).

However, the property is owned by the Crown Estate, and to complicate matters further, Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August have been living there for about 18 months.

A Netflix consultant says: “What happens at Frogmore Cottage is essentially a face-to-face interaction between family members. Frogmore is a gray area in terms of whether it is under permanent courtier jurisdiction. If everyone agrees to shoot scenes there, it will be exclusive, unique material that has never been seen before.”

If we take these messages at face value, it will increasingly look like Harry and Meghan are stuck between a rock and a very regal place.

Their options, again assuming these reports are correct, seem to be that they can either appease their new bosses or help the cameras go where no camera has ventured before. Or they may do the right thing by the royal family and not try to bypass palace government and thus remain in the queen’s favor.

It looks like the choice may come down to what they value more: money or his maternal family?

If Harry and Meghan really took the TV people with them and filmed at Frogmore (both questions are very big “ifs”), the queen would no doubt be so angry that she would kick the tourists out of the Tower of London, turn them back into jail only for the Sussexes and then conveniently lose the keys.

In a few weeks, Jubilee will end on Sunday night with a grand anniversary performance featuring 5,000 actors. But fireworks? From the way things are shaping up, there could very well be a lot of them, from Buckingham Palace to Frogmore Cottage.

Daniela Elzer is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.

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