Harry and Meghan have “a lot to prove” before the launch of the Netflix documentary Invictus Games | royal | News

A team from streaming platform Netflix is ​​currently following Harry and Meghan as they spend time in the Netherlands at the Invictus Games. The games were created by the Duke of Sussex with the aim of giving wounded, injured and ill men and women in service and veterans the opportunity to participate in sporting events. This year’s games were scheduled to take place in 2020 but were canceled and pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harry and Meghan’s trip marks the Duchess of Sussex’s first European appearance since the couple stepped down from their senior royal duties in 2020.

Just before heading to The Hague, the couple visited Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, at Windsor Castle.

Netflix documented their journey for a new documentary announced last year, titled Heart of Invictus.

It’s part of a staggering £109million ($140million) deal between the Sussexes and Netflix, which includes a Meghan-produced series called Pearl.

While work is finally underway on the series, some commenters have previously criticized how long it took the couple to launch their Netflix projects.

They had also signed a deal with Spotify, the music streaming platform, to create a podcast – although only one episode of that podcast has been released since the series launched in December 2020.

Among the critics was author Daniela Elser, who set aside their slowness.

Writing for news.au last year, she said: “While on the one hand television and feature film projects take years to get to the screen, on the other hand what is Has Netflix really gotten their estimate (in Australian dollars) $133m (£75m) investment in The Duke and Duchess so far?

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“Of course, signing them was a huge publicity stunt, but so far all the streaming giant has gotten for its nine-figure financial commitment is essentially the most expensive press release in the world.

“Harry and Meghan have a lot to prove, and fast, as they are racing against the clock here.”

She added: “When the Sussexes start unveiling their list of TV and podcasting projects, they will get a hit; that is, a chance to impress the public and make a mark in terms of smoldering numbers or critical applause.

“When the novelty and sparkle of working with royals wears off, if they don’t have a stream count or a handful of awards to show for themselves, then their contracts will be renewed?”

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A similar review was carried out on the couple’s Spotify deal by Eric Schiffer, president of Reputation Management Consultants.

He told Newsweek last year the deal would be ‘based on performance incentives’ but admitted that while the contract was ‘great for them’ it was ‘terrible’ for the monarchy ‘because ‘they choose to sell it at knockdown prices’. .

He concluded: “I think they systematically benefit from the halo of the monarchy.

“If Harry wasn’t involved, no one would care, if she didn’t have royal ties.

“There is this reckless war against this immaculate historic mark that has represented the people of England for centuries.”

Harry, himself a veteran of two frontline tours of Afghanistan in 2008 and 2012, during his ten-year stint in the British Army, hosted the first Invictus Games in 2014.

Alongside Harry’s Invictus Games documentary, Meghan herself is producing the animated show Pearl.

Pearl sees a 12-year-old girl and her “heroic adventures” come to life, as the character speaks to remarkable women of all generations.

Harry and Meghan’s appearance in Europe comes a month after they failed to attend a memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal’s grandfather, in London.

The Invictus Games run until April 22.

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