The Duke of Sussex is being pushed with “intensity” by Netflix to spill intimate details about his family life and relationship dramas if he wants his shows to air, sources claim.
The producers of Prince Harry’s new fly-on-the-wall series for the US streaming giant, which he’s filming with his wife Meghan Markle, are said to have told him that if it is to succeed, he must “dish up attractive content” – meaning material that is possibly even “controversial”.
“Netflix executives are expecting Harry to open up in great depth about his family dramas, the interactions during his London visit [during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations] and his new life in California as a father and business mogul alongside Meghan,” a source told OK!.
“They are aware his memoir is coming out and, of course, watched the Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview. The level of expectation for fresh, candid details of transitions from the couple over the last couple of years is enormous.”
They added that while cameras have followed Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, around for months, there have been “deep discussions about the content supplied”.
The source claimed Netflix has not simply signed off their material – and “keeps the intensity on pushing for more”.
They went on, “Let’s be real, Netflix is an audience-driven service, where viewing numbers are what bring success. And even though Harry and Meghan are royalty, that does not mean they simply serve up what they want to Netflix and it airs.
“Even with their exclusive deal, each project is vetted and ‘notes’ are given by the executives on the content.
“They have the right to delete scenes, ask for extra content, request editorial or even turn down the project. Harry and Meghan cannot film what they want and demand it be aired.
“They will have to dish up attractive content – or what some may see as controversial content – to get their shows streamed. And that really does mean pressure on them.”
Referring to the reported $100 million-plus deal the Sussexes clinched with Netflix, our source said the figure is based on the production budget their firm Archewell Productions would get and Harry and Meghan – who are parents to Archie, three, and one-year-old Lilibet – would pocket far less.
“The deal is about production budgets,” they said. “They were handed a few million dollars as an upfront development deal to build show concepts, pilots and pitches.
"The large-money deal only comes should the project get green-lit for a full run. Even then, the cut Harry and Meghan get from that deal personally as writers or executive producers could be less than 20%.”
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