How much did Netflix pay Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the documentary?

You get the royal treatment.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed an estimated $100 million deal with Netflix for their bombastic Harry and Meghan documentaries, according to Forbes reports. Under the rumored agreement, the Duke and Duchess are set to produce a range of content for the streaming giant, including documentaries, films, children’s shows, docuseries and more.

The multi-million dollar deal with the platform has added to their accumulated wealth, which they have rebuilt since leaving the British monarchy in 2020. The rift between the defiant couple and the rest of the royals began when Meghan claimed she was not just because they’re American, but because they’re half black.

“By our very existence we have disrupted the dynamics of the hierarchy. So we’re like, ‘Okay, well, let’s get out of here. Gladly,” Meghan said in a bombshell interview with New York Magazine’s ‘t the Cut’ earlier this year.

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The couple’s bombastic Netflix docuseries explores the falling outs between the royal family and Harry and Meghan.

In their highly anticipated new docuseries on Netflix, which dropped Thursday, Harry and Meghan took viewers through their unbreakable love and tumultuous relationship with the royal family. The “explosive” six-part series has been teased for offering a glimpse into the alleged racism Meghan has faced coupled with the difficult decision to withdraw from the monarchy.

“The part of my life that I couldn’t share, that people couldn’t see, is our love story,” Meghan told the Cut, reiterating that the two are thrilled to finally tell their own story in full.

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In the trailer, Harry comments on the racism Meghan faced when she married into the royal family.

The first part begins just as the last of their royal engagements is coming to an end and continues to feature intimate scenes that even include Harry’s marriage proposal. Critics were quick to slam the docuseries, slamming the ex-Royals for “[breaching] their own privacy.”

While stepping back from royal duties gave Harry and Meghan more freedom to do and create as they pleased, the price of liberation was dear. Not only has it obviously put a strain on Harry’s relationship with his family, but it’s also cost the couple a coin.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars that covered staff, travel and living expenses are suddenly gone, they said. With the Crown’s financial backing gone, the couple flew to California with $10 million from the late Princess Diana’s estate and $2 million from Meghan’s earnings from her past life as an actress.

As the pair fell from their former wealth status, the Netflix and Spotify deals certainly cushioned the blow.

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Netflix has given the ex-royals their multimillion-dollar lifestyle back after the couple signed a $100 million deal.
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At the time of their royal departure, they were unemployed and certainly could not afford the luxuries they were accustomed to. Back then, they couldn’t even afford their $14.7 million home in Montecito because they thought owning one was a pipe dream, Markle revealed.

“We didn’t have a job, so we just didn’t want to visit this house. That wasn’t possible,” Meghan told the cut. “It’s like when I was younger and you window shop — it’s like, ‘I don’t want to go and look at all the things I can’t afford. That doesn’t feel good.’”

Then came the multi-million dollar contracts and suddenly they could afford the sprawling estate that now brings “joy” and “rest” to their family. But the Netflix and Spotify deals have caused people to question their intentions.

Two days before the series’ scheduled release, Harry and Meghan appeared at a gala in the Big Apple to accept a racial justice award. Bombarded with paparazzi – just like old times – the pair were the focus of a series of questions from eager reporters.

One journalist asked if Harry put “money before family,” perhaps a nod to the multi-million dollar deals the ex-royals agreed to after their immediate exit from the monarchy.

“The part of my life that I couldn’t share, that people couldn’t see, is our love story,” Meghan previously told the cut.

In addition to their Netflix deal, Harry and Meghan also signed a $25 million deal with Spotify – to produce content like Meghan’s Archetypes podcast – which prompted backlash from musicians who only get pennies a stream from the get audio-based website.

Her three-year deal with the music streaming giant is just one of her many ventures, which include speaking engagements and other content production.

Harry and Oprah Winfrey announced back in 2019 that they would be producing a mental health show on AppleTV+, though it was delayed due to the pandemic and released in 2021.

Other projects Harry and Meghan are working on include an animated series for Netflix about a teenage girl on a journey of self-discovery, and an Invictus Games-themed show that allows adaptive athletes who were once military personnel to compete in sports. How much did Netflix pay Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the documentary?

Emma Bowman

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