What Meghan and Harry made from their documentary

Harry & Meghan: Explosive trailer for Netflix documentary

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The hotly anticipated first three episodes of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary hit screens this week, with the Sussexes using the series to “tell their story”. It is filled with interviews from Meghan and Harry, talking about their experiences of the past few years, as well as those closest to the couple. With the second three-part instalment due to be released next week, Express.co.uk takes a look at exactly how much money the couple have made from the documentary. 

In September 2020, it was reported that the famous couple had landed a multi-million pound deal with Netflix just months after announcing that they would be “stepping back” from their duties as senior royals.

The deal, which is due to last for a number of years, was worth up to $100million (£81million), according to the Mirror, and involves the production of an array of content including documentaries, docu-series’, films, and content for children. 

The first project to be released following the deal is the six-part documentary, entitled Harry & Meghan, which was directed by the twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus whom the Duchess described as a “seasoned” whose work she has “long admired”.

After landing the deal, the couple set up a non-profit called Archewell which, according to tax filings seen by the Daily Mail, raised approximately £36,947 in 2020. The company is also set to be releasing a behind-the-scenes series about the Invictus Games. 

 

The Netflix deal is not the sole venture the couple share. The Sussexes, who reportedly have a combined net worth of £49million, also have a three-year podcast deal with the streaming giant Spotify, estimated to be worth $18million (£14million). 

Earlier this year, Meghan released her podcast series, Archetypes, where she spoke to various famous women, including Serena Williams and Mariah Carey, to “dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back”. This series briefly reached the top of the charts earlier this year.

Both Meghan and Harry have also written books, the former penning a children’s book called The Bench, published last year, which she said she was inspired to write thanks to a poem she had written for her husband of four years on Father’s Day.

Next year will also see the hotly anticipated release of Harry’s memoir, “Spare”, which will cover his “personal journey from trauma to healing”. It was due to be published in November but its release was pushed back due to the Queen’s death. 

It was previously reported that the publisher, Penguin Random House, gave him over £16million for his story. In October, a spokesperson said Harry would be using some of the funds to support British charities. 

Last year, the Duke of Sussex was appointed Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp, a professional coaching and mental health company. While the firm has not disclosed his salary, roles at similar levels can fetch a hefty six figures. 

In June 2020, the couple relocated to Montecito, California in a move that cost them a reported £10million. However, their home could now be closer to £100million as it drastically increased in value, according to The Times. 

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The couple’s move to the US was largely funded by the money – £13million – left by Diana, Princess of Wales, to Harry and his brother, William.

In the now famous interview with Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, for which they were reportedly unpaid, Harry said: “I’ve got what my mum left me. Without that, we wouldn’t have been able to do this.”

According to Forbes, Meghan contributed approximately £1.6 million in aftertax earnings from her work as an actress. 

The Duchess was reportedly paid more than £40,000 per episode of the legal hit Series suits where she played Rachel Zane and appeared in over 100 episodes. 

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