Meghan Markle Netflix axe to concern studios as expert predicts reputation fears

Meghan Markle found herself at the centre of a media storm after it was announced Netflix had dropped her debut animated series, Pearl.

Prince Harry's wife was executive producing the television series with David Furnish but Netflix giants have made major cuts, reports Deadline.

Sources close to the axing told Deadline that Netflix bosses had warned producers to take projects elsewhere if they were still in the early days of development.

Meghan and Harry announced they would be venturing into television production as part of their Archewell Productions company following their departure as senior working royals.

Now, a film director has shared her expert views on Meghan's axing, claiming it could jeopardise any future projects from Archewell.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star, Chrys Phillips said: "This creates an interesting set-up for both Meghan & Archewell, due to the major fact that in this cut-throat industry you are only as good as your last failure or success.

"Therefore investors, studios & platforms would worry about losing their own reputations & money."

She went on to add: "This could create most definitely an issue for their future projects to be greenlit.

"The insecurity of being axed would be now etched in stone & when you have so many other famous people producing it's not like the industry has to chase anyone they have many options for material these days."

Chrys believes that any speculation around Meghan and Harry and comments they have made about the Royal Family could also raise concern amongst companies in Hollywood.

She continued: "The bottom line is the speculation around both Meghan, Harry and the production company definitely adds a touch of concern, therefore, causing issues for hesitance.

"It's a money & investing business where no one wants to start with concerns or worries of what may occur once they team up to produce and the Royal Family comments would always weigh in on their profiles, hence anyone wanting to do business with them."

Pearl, was supposed to be the first animated series from the royal.

It would have been Meghan's first role as executive producer since the former actress stepped down from her role of Rachel Zane in the hit US legal drama, Suits.

The series was announced in July 2021 with Meghan saying it will document the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration from historical female figures.

Netflix struck a deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back in September 2020, worth an eye-watering $100million (£79.5 million) in order to work with them.

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