Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to appear in Netflix romance film. Discover their earnings from past media ventures.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to appear in Netflix romance film. Discover their earnings from past media ventures.

Harry and Meghan Set to Star in Netflix Romance

Harry and Meghan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, have announced their latest project with Netflix. They are set to star in a new romantic film based on the bestselling novel Meet Me at the Lake. This comes after a series of highly scrutinized productions following their decision to step down from the royal family in 2020.

The couple’s media company, Archewell Productions, purchased the rights to the novel and will be working with Netflix to produce the movie adaptation. The book, written by Carley ANBLE, tells the story of Will and Fern, a couple who meet and fall in love in a whirlwind 24 hours before being separated. They promise to meet again a year later but, when Will seemingly stands Fern up, it takes another 10 years for their paths to cross once more.

Although the story is not about royalty, the main characters share undeniable similarities with Harry and Meghan. The novel is set in Toronto, where Meghan spent seven years filming the television series Suits. It also addresses postpartum depression, a topic Meghan discussed in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. Furthermore, Will’s struggle with the loss of a parent from an automobile accident draws a parallel to Harry’s own experience with the untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana.

“I’m thrilled about working with Netflix and Archewell to bring Meet Me at the Lake to the screen,” said author Carley ANBLE. “Will and Fern’s love story is dear to my heart, and I can’t imagine a more perfect partnership.”

This announcement comes amidst criticism the couple has faced regarding their recent failed projects and canceled deals. However, it seems Harry and Meghan are determined to make their mark in the entertainment industry.

From Royals to Hollywood Stars

Harry and Meghan officially stepped back from their roles within the royal family in January 2020. In their six-part Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan, they explained that poor treatment from the Palace played a significant role in their decision. This departure meant they were cut off from their security detail and the royal annual income they had received.

During the fiscal years of 2018 and 2019, the Sussexes, along with Prince William and Catherine, received more than £5 million (over $6 million) from Prince Charles to cover their public duties and some private expenses. Nevertheless, Harry and Meghan are now living in Southern California, where their move was largely funded by Harry’s $10 million inheritance from his late mother.

To sustain their new lifestyle, the couple relies heavily on their production company, Archewell. In September 2020, Archewell signed a $100 million deal with Netflix to produce programming that informs, elevates, and inspires. This partnership has already resulted in the successful documentary Harry & Meghan, as well as their upcoming movie, Meet Me at the Lake.

Additionally, Archewell secured a $20 million podcast deal with Spotify. From this partnership came the audio show Archetypes, where Meghan engaged in conversations with high-profile women such as Serena Williams and Mariah Carey about the labels and stereotypes they face.

Most recently, Harry published his memoir, Spare, in January. The book broke records, selling 1.4 million copies on its release day. It is rumored that Harry received a $20 million advance for his tell-all book.

All of these projects combined have estimated earnings of approximately $135 million for the couple, according to Forbes. However, their Netflix and Spotify deals have not produced the anticipated success.

Mixed Results in the Entertainment Industry

While Harry and Meghan have made significant strides in their transition to Hollywood, not all of their projects have achieved the desired impact. Netflix rejected two television show ideas, and an animated children’s show called Pearl was canceled. Reports suggest that Netflix is unlikely to renew the couple’s deal, which was set to run through 2025.

In June, Spotify and Archewell also decided to part ways after two and a half years of their podcasting deal. Sports reporter and Spotify executive Bill Simmons went as far as calling Harry and Meghan “fing grifters” after the partnership ended, stating his regret at not being involved in the negotiation and sarcastically suggesting a podcast called ”The Fing Grifters” with the couple.

Despite these setbacks, Harry and Meghan remain determined to pursue their passion for storytelling and continue building their media empire. The upcoming release of Meet Me at the Lake reinforces their commitment to producing engaging content that resonates with audiences.

With their unique experiences and global influence, Harry and Meghan’s journey from being royalty to Hollywood stars is an ongoing narrative that the world continues to watch with interest.