The Duke and Duchess of Sussex secured a huge £112million deal with Netflix last year as they look to make the most of their independence outside of The Firm. The couple have so far announced two Netflix shows since partnering with the streaming service. Harry confirmed his first project for the venture back in March ‒ a docuseries about the Invictus Games. In a statement, he said he “couldn’t be more excited” for the ‘Heart of Invictus’, which will “give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year”.
A few months later, Meghan announced she would take on the role of executive producer alongside Elton John’s husband David Furnish to create a new animated series entitled ‘Pearl’.
While the Sussexes have more freedom to pursue projects such as this now they have left royal duties behind, reports from February claim that Harry and Meghan wanted to live life as royal in a “third way”.
The Daily Mail quoted a source who claimed the Sussexes’ planned to have scaled back royal duties, enabling them to take on independent projects but also hang on to their formal roles with the military, arts, Commonwealth and sporting organisations.
Speaking to the newspaper, the source claimed: “The direction of travel has been clear for a while.
“The Queen has been very clear from the start that this ‘half in, half out’ model demanded by the Sussexes wouldn’t work and hasn’t deviated from that. Not once.
“Their original idea was to have a ‘third way’ of being a royal. And the Queen has said quite simply ‘no, you can’t’.'”
The source also claimed that the Queen offered a sharp rebuke to the plans.
According to the source, Her Majesty told Harry and Meghan: “You work for the monarchy, the monarchy doesn’t work for you”.
In February, it was confirmed that Harry and Meghan would lose their prestigious patronages as the couple confirmed their departure from the Royal Family was permanent.
A source told the Daily Mail that Harry and Meghan had “absolutely, no question” wanted to keep the positions they had lost.
They added: “They [Harry and Meghan] do respect the decision but they always made clear they were committed to doing those roles.”
Various reports in recent months have claimed that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be handed some of the new vacancies left by the Sussexes.
This reportedly includes becoming patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Football League (RFL).
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However, this has not been officially confirmed.
Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, could also be set to take on some of Harry’s old responsibilities.
The Queen’s granddaughter turned 18 recently and now has the option to choose whether to become a working royal.
Her parents, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, previously said they would allow their children to decide whether to become senior royals at the age of 18.
Lady Louise has not confirmed yet whether she would like to become a senior royal or not, but a royal source told the Daily Star that the teenager is likely to continue her studies and go to university.
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Harry and Meghan remain busy – this week they visited a US military base in New Jersey, where around 46,000 Afghan refugees are currently being housed.
At one point, Harry and Meghan could be seen pointing at their heads as the entire class sang along to “heads, shoulders, knees and toes”, before revealing that it is one of Archie’s favourite songs.
Speaking at the event, Harry said: “I’ve lived in the US for close to two years now.
“I have to say, witnessing your support for all those that put themselves in harm’s way in defence of our freedoms and liberties, it’s remarkable and hugely respected.
“It reminds me of the deep reverence us Brits have for our military as well.
“The armed forces communities in both our countries share a special bond, and I’m grateful to have served in support of our joint allyship for many years.”