Meghan accused of crossing picket line to strike £3m deal with Netflix

Meghan Markle has been accused of “crossing the picket line” amid reports of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex striking another deal with Netflix. It has been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are producing their first movie.

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The couple is said to have purchased the rights to the best-selling novel Meet Me At The Lake, with plans to adapt it for Netflix.

An American PR expert who goes by the alias “RoyalTea” on X said: “Three years to make their first acquisition and they announce it now?

“Meghan, an admitted SAG member, and Harry have essentially crossed the picket line to continue making deals for one of the streaming giants that are the worst offenders of actors’ rights.”

Experts estimate it may have cost up to £3million for the romantic novel Meet Me At The Lake by former journalist turned author Carley Fortune, according to The Sun.

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It is a “love story” about a couple who meet in their 30s with echoes of the Duke and Duchess’s real-life relationship.

The novel — which shifted a whopping 37,000 copies in the first week of its release in May alone — deals with themes including childhood trauma over losing a parent in a car crash, mental health and post-natal depression.

The announcement comes after the couple released a six-part docuseries on Netflix in December 2022 which explored their private lives since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex starred in the show with Liz Garbus, a filmmaker, who Meghan described as a “seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired”.

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The royal couple signed a five-year, $100million contract with the streaming giant in September 2020 to produce documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming but have only released this docuseries so far.

Meghan and Harry saw their commercial deal with Spotify come to an end in June. Meghan’s podcast, Archetypes, was dropped by the streaming giant after 12 episodes.

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