Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘keep their options open’ on UK return
Many of the world’s media outlets will have a strong presence around Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, where many anniversary events are planned over the long weekend. But for some celebrations, camera crews need express permission to film the royal family during these official events.
But the streaming giant, which has struck a deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and is said to have a second documentary about the royals in the works, won’t count itself among that number, according to the Telegraph.
A source has claimed that if Netflix camera crews try to set up filming positions in public areas, they will be “moved” by services running the events.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 40, previously traveled with a Netflix camera crew on their trip to The Hague last month.
The couple visited the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, which were chaired by Prince Harry, 37, with cameras in tow for their upcoming documentary series ‘Heart of Invictus’.
Camera crews need explicit permission to film the Royal Family during these official events
The couple was flanked by Netflix camera crews in The Hague
The production division of the couple’s Archewell brand, Archewell Productions, described the aim of the series to show “powerful stories of resilience and hope from competitors on their journey” to The Hague.
The pair signed a $100 million deal with Netflix in 2020, but have yet to produce any finished content.
But when Netflix’s success was faltering last month, the Duke and Duchess’ collaborations with the streaming service were called into question.
Earlier this month, Netflix announced it was discontinuing its planned animated series “Pearl,” which will executive produce the Duchess of Sussex.
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They won’t be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the rest of the royal family
The streaming giant had recently revealed a sharp drop in subscribers, after losing 200,000 in the first three months of this year.
When the news was made public, more than $50 billion of the company’s market value was wiped out.
Then they cut 150 jobs in the US.
Royal brand expert Professor Cele Otnes then told Express.co.uk that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “might contribute to the disinterest” in Netflix.
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Camera crews traveled with the Duke and Duchess to The Hague
Professor Otnes, co-author of “Royal Fever”, pointed out that viewers will likely be familiar with the events of ‘Heart of Invictus’ ahead of the documentary’s release, suggesting the Duke and Duchess content will lack originality. .
She said she was “stunned” by the filming of well-reported events, which would be re-imagined in new documentaries, questioning the “substantive value” of such clips, and the “inherent value” the Sussexes could add. to the streaming service.
She said: “I am baffled as to why we see the events in real life (e.g. at the Invictus ceremonies last year), and why there is any ‘content value’ to see them re-edited in Netflix shows.
“For example, we often don’t watch the Kardashian shows’ fights or content before they air; we just hear about it.
“I’m not sure how much intrinsic value Harry and Meghan bring to Netflix; there is some debate that they are, in fact, contributing to Netflix’s disinterest in and market devaluation.”
Prince Harry and Meghan will bring their two children, Archie and Lilibet, for the platinum anniversary celebrations, with a spokesperson for the couple saying they were “thrilled and honored” to return to the British lawn for the festivities.
But the Sussexes are unlikely to take center stage over the bank holiday weekend, after Buckingham Palace restricted the participation of working royals only to one of the most prominent events of the four days.
They will not be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the rest of the royal family during the Trooping the Color parade, which kicks off the celebrations on Thursday.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen had decided to limit the royal representatives on the balcony to working royals only after “careful consideration”.