Meghan Markle’s ‘Pearl’ Netflix Series Canceled Amid Cuts

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Dead on arrival. pearlthe animated series created by Meghan Marklewon’t air after all amid cuts at Netflix.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was set to produce the series alongside David Furnish, Elton Johnthe husband of. However, the series was canceled due to Netflix making cuts, Deadline reported on Sunday, May 1. The streamer is in shock after his stock plummeted in response to a recent drop in subscriber numbers, and pearl is one of many projects in development that they have put the brakes on.

pearl was announced in August 2021 as one of Archewell Productions’ first projects, Meghan and Prince Harrymedia company.

“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges. I am thrilled that Archewell Productions, in partnership with Netflix’s powerful platform and these incredible producers, together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history,” said the Suit alum said in a press release at the time. “David Furnish and I were excited to shine a light on this special series, and I’m thrilled we can announce it today.”

Deadline notes that Pearl had not yet entered production and was still in the development phase. Archewell is still developing several other projects including The Heart of Invictusa docuseries about veterans taking part in the Invictus Games, an event championed by the 37-year-old Duke of Sussex.

Meghan and Harry, who tied the knot in 2018, signed an overall multi-year deal with Netflix in September 2020 after being offered nearly $100 million, sources said. We Weekly at the time. Archewell Productions, their company, is ready to create original content such as documentaries, films, TV shows and children’s shows.

“Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have taught us the power of the human spirit: courage, resilience and the need for connection,” said the couple in a statement at the time. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shine a light on people and causes around the world, our goal will be to create content that informs but also gives hope.”

Netflix’s announcement was followed by a Spotify deal, estimated to be worth over $20 million. The business deals came months after they stepped down as senior royals, and they had to find ways to be financially independent.

During their March 2021 CBS interview, the couple reflected on the need for their wealthy business ventures. “My family literally cut me off financially and I had to keep us safe,” the England native said at the time. “[I was cut off] in the first quarter of 2020. But I have what my mother [Princess Diana] left me and without it we couldn’t have done this.

He added that they needed income for their security, which his family no longer provided after moving to Montecito, California. “During COVID, a friend’s suggestion was, ‘What about streamers?’ … We hadn’t thought of that,” the Duke explained. “So there were all kinds of different options. And look, from my point of view, all I needed was enough money to to be able to pay for security to protect my family.

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