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Meghan Markle’s Netflix Series ‘Pearl’ Canceled Amid Cutbacks

Meghan Markle's Netflix Series Canceled: Animated Series 'Pearl' Will Not Air, Other Archewell Projects to Continue

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Dead on arrival. Pearl, the animated sequence created by Meghan Markle, is not going to air in any case amid cuts at Netflix.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was set to govt produce the sequence alongside David Furnish, Elton John‘s husband. However, the sequence has been canceled as Netflix makes cuts, Deadline reported on Sunday, May 1. The streamer is reeling after their stock dropped in response to a latest drop in subscribers, and Pearl is one among a number of initiatives in growth that they pumped the brakes on.

Pearl was introduced in August 2021 as one of many first initiatives from Archewell Productions, Meghan and Prince Harry‘s media company.

“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges. I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history,” the Suits alum stated in a press launch on the time. “David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”

Deadline notes that Pearl hadn’t gone into manufacturing but and was nonetheless within the growth part. Archewell remains to be growing a number of different initiatives together with The Heart of Invictus, a docuseries concerning the veterans competing within the Invictus Games, an occasion championed by the Duke of Sussex, 37.

Meghan and Harry, who married in 2018, signed a multi-year general cope with Netflix in September 2020 after being provided almost $100 million, sources advised Us Weekly on the time. Archewell Productions, their company, is about to create unique content material akin to documentaries, films, TV exhibits and youngsters’s programming.

“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,” the couple stated in an announcement on the time. “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.”

The Netflix announcement was adopted by a Spotify deal, estimated to be value over $20 million. The business agreements got here months after they stepped down from their duties as senior royals, they usually needed to discover methods to be financially unbiased.

During their March 2021 CBS interview, the pair mirrored on the necessity for his or her wealthy business ventures. “My family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us,” the England native stated on the time. “[I was cut off] in the first quarter of 2020. But I’ve got what my mom [Princess Diana] left me and without that, we would not have been able to do this.”

He added that they wanted revenue for his or her safety element, which his household not supplied after transferring to Montecito, California. “During COVID, the suggestion by a friend was, ‘What about streamers?’ … We hadn’t thought about it,” the duke defined. “So, there were all sorts of different options. And look, from my perspective, all I needed was enough money to be able to pay for security to keep my family safe.”

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