A new perspective. Meghan MarkleShe opened up about how she and her husband created the Netflix documentary.Prince Harry, hinting that it wasn’t exactly what the pair expected.
The Duchess, aged 41, spoke with VarietyDiscuss collaboration with director Liz Garbus — who’s known for award-winning documentaries such as The Farm: Angola USA Miss Simone, What happened? — in her cover story published on Wednesday, October 19. “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it,” Meghan explained. “But that’s not why we’re telling it.”
The Deal or No Deal alum continued: “We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”
Meghan noted that it was “interesting” to team up with Harry, 38, on the project from their company, Archewell Productions. “My husband has never worked in this industry before,” she told the outlet. “For me, having worked on Suits, it’s so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view. That’s been really fun.”
The couple, who tied the knot in May 2018, signed a multiyear deal with Netflix in September 2020 to create original content — from children’s shows to docuseries — for the streaming giant. A source exclusively revealed that the couple were engaged in May 2018. Us WeeklyThe deal was worth nearly $100 million to the Sussexes.
“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience and the need for connection,” Harry and Meghan noted in a statement announcing the venture. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
They were able to pursue other passions by stepping down as senior royals. “Harry’s always had a creative streak [and] Meghan’s inspired him to take it to the next level,” a source exclusively revealed in August 2020. “Working in the entertainment industry isn’t something he particularly thought about doing as a royal, but since separating from the royals he now has the opportunity to explore new, exciting opportunities and can’t wait to get his upcoming projects off the ground.”
The documentary’s official release date has not been announced. In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II‘s death in September, the duke and duchess went back to the drawing board with some aspects of their series — particularly where King Charles IIIConcerned
“They’ve both agreed to reach a neutral ground by softening the parts on Charles and adding intimate details about [Elizabeth’s] legacy,” an insider exclusively revealed this month, adding that Harry and Meghan want their show to be “interesting without crossing a line” with the royal family.
Since their departure from the palace was made permanent in February 2021, the couple haven’t held back while discussing their royal experiences. The former military pilot from California and the California native shared their son Archie, 3 years old, and Lilibet, 16 month old, during their CBS tell-all. It aired in March 2021. In subsequent interviews, Harry spoke out about Charles’s relationship with him, 73. He will also discuss his ups and downs in the highly anticipated memoir.
“He’s so grateful to Meghan for her input and they make all of these big decisions together, so of course there’s that balancing act of weighing up pros and cons to consider,” the source told UsThis month. “And it goes the other way, too — he’s equally involved in her big picture, they’re very much at one that way and maintain they always will be.”