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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s, 36, £112 million deal with Netflix has made them financially independent from the Royal Family. While the couple’s programmes for the streaming giant which are expected to have ‘global reach’ interest for them in Britain is dwindling, a royal expert has claimed.
Meghan and Harry shot down reports they planned to feature in a fly-on-the-wall reality TV series for Netflix on Monday.
After a source was reported to have said Harry and Meghan plan to “give people a glimpse into their lives and see all the charity work they do”, the claim was denied by a Sussex spokesman.
The spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess are not taking part in any reality shows.”
While Netflix is yet to confirm the full range of programmes Harry and Meghan will make for them, they are understood to be focussing on family programming.
It is understood they already have a nature docu-series and an animation series about empowered women in the pipeline.
A royal commentator shared his thoughts on Meghan and Harry’s denial that they will be making reality TV.
According to commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, there is still vast interest in the couple globally but a recent poll shows their support in the UK is “negligible”.
Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The claim that Meghan and Harry’s deal with Netflix might include some form of reality show about their charity work has been denied.”
He added: “They may, of course, appear in films which they produce.”
Mr Fitzwilliams claimed global interest in the couple means their every move will continue to be scrutinised.
He said: “Given their obsession with privacy they will be under enormous media scrutiny in this area, as they should expect to be.
“It is important to remember that they have global reach and the reported scale of the Netflix deal reflects this, though it may, of course, mean sacrifices.”
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The expert added: “The deal represents a royal flush for the streaming giant.”
Mr Fitzwilliams cited a recent YouGov poll that appeared to show little UK interest in the shows they end up making.
He added: “However, interest in the UK in what they produce is likely to be negligible according to a YouGov poll earlier this month, reflecting the perception that their own interest in Britain is currently minimal too.”
The YouGov poll found 64 percent of Britons are not interested at all in watching the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s content on Netflix, while 20 percent are not very interested.
Just nine percent of respondents said they are fairly interested, with three percent very interested. Four percent did not know.
In reaction to the poll, Daily Express royal reporter Richard Palmer tweeted: “There will perhaps be more interest in the US.”
In recent weeks Meghan and Harry have both backed campaigns encouraging American to vote in the upcoming election.
The couple have bought a home in Montecito, Santa Barbara where they are expected to be based with their son Archie Harrison for the foreseeable future.
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