Meghan & Harry Netflix deal at risk of turbulence over The Crown

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have “already sold their souls” with their Netflix deal, a royal expert has told, but the relationship may face strain over popular series The Crown. LA-based Kinsey Schofield, who hosts royal podcast To Di For Daily, discussed whether ‘The Crown’s depiction of Princess Diana’s final days could put a strain on the Sussexes’ relationship with the streaming service.

It follows reports suggesting series five of the drama will recreate the timeline leading up to August 31, 1997.

On Monday, sources on set were described as “uncomfortable” about the prospect.

In a statement, Netflix clarified that “the exact moment of the crash impact will not be shown”.

Ms Schofield told “If the death of Diana is considered vulgar in The Crown, it most certainly could hurt Netflix’s relationship with Harry and Meghan.

“However, they’ve cashed an incredibly large check from Netflix. Some might say they’ve already sold their souls. What can they do?

“The Sussexes have to fulfil their contractual obligations before they can move on.”

The expert then suggested the streaming service would pick its award winning series over their relationship with the Sussexes – if it were forced to choose.

Ms Schofield said: “I believe Netflix will always choose The Crown over Harry and Meghan.

“It’s a highly celebrated scripted series that put Netflix on the map for original content. This product was an award winning game changer for the streaming giant.

“Harry and Meghan have yet to prove themselves in Hollywood.”

On Monday, a source on the set of ‘The Crown’ told the Sun some were “uncomfortable” about re-enacting the Princess of Wales’ final days.

They said: “Finally, some of the crew members are pushing back on the ideas being tabled.

“The show always tried to present a fictional version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible.”


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“The show always tried to present a fictional version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible.”

Meghan has confirmed a docuseries with Netflix is in the works in an interview with Variety.

She conceded that the final documentary “may not be the way we would have told it”, while praising director Liz Garbus.

The Duchess said: “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.

“But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.

“It’s interesting. My husband has never worked in this industry before. 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.”

Season five of ‘The Crown’ will launch on November 9, with the Sussexes’ series unofficially tipped to air in December.

However, according to Deadline, the series was pushed back after backlash to The Crown’s depiction of King Charles III.

Portrayed in his days as Prince, Charles complains about having to wait to become monarch.

A Netflix source told the publication: “They’re rattled at Netflix, and they blinked first and decided to postpone the documentary.”

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