‘Be careful Harry’ – Duke of Sussex warned Netflix success paramount for independence

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Prince Harry has been advised to “be careful” about his new deal to produce educational programmes for Netflix as their success is important for him and Meghan Markle to become independent from the Royal Family. Royal expert Marlene Koenig warned the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will need to ensure their projects are successful to achieve celebrity status in their new home of California. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “We have to remember they don’t have any programmes yet. We need to see how these programmes will turn out, will they be received well?

“They also have to pay people and staff, they don’t get to keep all of their money and a good chunk will go to Uncle Sam and Uncle California.

“And Harry has to be careful because he will also be taxed in the United Kingdom.”

Harry and Meghan have been reported to be in talks with several charities both in the UK and in the US as they continue to work on the launch of their new non-profit organisation, Archewell.

Ms Koenig continued: “I think, certainly, they are going to be doing celebrity things and charitable things.

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“They’re still talking with different charities, their own charities, but if you’re living in California you have much more of celebrity status.

“And your status depends on how successful you are. I think their titles will only get them so far if, and I don’t want this to be an if, their programmes are successful and they do well on Netflix but I do think they need to be a little bit more careful.

“This is not condemnation because I like them, I’m fond of them. I would have preferred them to stay in the Royal Family and work within the guidelines and be able to do both but they wanted to do more.

“Harry already said years ago he wanted to be outside of the Royal Family and now he’s finding what it’s like. He gets to make his own rules.”

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The Duke of Sussex had hinted at the possibility of quitting the Royal Family shortly before he started a relationship with Meghan Markle in 2017.

During an interview, Harry admitted his experience in the Army had given him the chance to be a normal person rather than a member of the Royal Family.

He said: “I wasn’t a Prince, I was just Harry. I felt as though I was really achieving something.

“I have a deep understanding of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt I was part of a team.”

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In a veiled swipe at his senior royal role, he added: “We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.

“I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would take a step back from their royal careers in January and stepped down in March.

The pair agreed to a one-year trial with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William to try and establish themselves as independent from the Royal Family.

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