After rocking the House of Windsor with lewd accusations of racism and emotional cruelty during their highly rated interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their new endeavor: a new Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) series titled “Heart of Invictus.”
About the series: The Invictus Games is an Olympic Games-style event featuring wounded, injured or ill military personnel and veterans participating in nine sports categories.
The first games took place in London in 2014, and subsequent events took place in 2016, 2017 and 2018; The 2020 games scheduled for the Dutch capital of The Hague have been postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a Netflix announcement, “Heart of Invictus” will be a multi-episode series that will follow the competitors in their athletic training while detailing their stories of life and physical and emotional recovery.
Prince Harry is the sponsor of the Invictus Games Foundation, the organization that coordinates the event. The foundation is producing the series in association with Archewell Productions, the company formed by the royal couple, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with the prince also serving as the on-camera host.
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Because it is important: This is Archewell’s first series for Netflix. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed with the streaming service in September 2020, six months after their unprecedented retirement from official royal duties. The deal involves a series of documentaries, children’s shows, scripted shows and narrative feature films produced by Archewell.
Netflix did not announce how much the royal couple were paid to join the company’s talent pool, but a New York Times report citing anonymous sources claimed the couple were asking for around $ 100 million and were also in talks with Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Walt disney co (NYSE: DIS) and From Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) Subsidiary of NBCUniversal before aligning with Netflix.
This marks Prince Harry’s first foray into film production, while his wife was an actress who gained international fame with the USA Network series “Suits.”
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(Prince Harry greets athletes at the 2018 Invictus Games. Photo courtesy of the Invictus Games Foundation).
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