Call me old fashioned, but I preferred the old Dukes of Hazzard, which is what a clever executive would call whatever this show ends up being:
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, having resettled in California, on Wednesday unveiled new Hollywood careers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have founded a yet-to-be-named production company and signed a multiyear deal with Netflix, which will pay them to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming — giving the couple a global platform six months after their dramatic decampment from the House of Windsor.
Harry and Meghan may appear on camera in documentary programming. But she has no plans to return to acting, according to a representative. She last appeared in the cable drama “Suits” in 2018.
“Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” the couple said in a statement. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.” They added that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.” Their productions will be exclusive to Netflix, which has 193 million subscribers worldwide.
It is unclear how much Harry and Meghan will be paid, given their lack of producing experience. A Netflix spokeswoman declined to comment.
It’s important not to pre-judge something before we’ve seen it, and for all we know, the two of them could be off to the mid pacific to finally uncover something important about the life of the Blue Whale. But it’s more likely, isn’t it, that they’re mainly going to be producing the sort of bog-standard lefty feel-bad stuff about global warming and racism and the badness of the rest of us. The kind of thing you’d flick past normally, but might feel obliged to watch if it comes embossed with the seal of the House of Windsor.
Which is a problem, of course, for the House of Windsor, whose members (for very good reason) stay away from politics as a general rule. The very good reason is that it’s much easier to like them if you can imagine, rightly or wrongly, that they agree with you. UK subjects like the Queen for many reasons, but a good number of them are convinced that she’s secretly a Brexiteer who’d like to bring back hanging, and another lot think she’s a woman with a social conscience who was appalled by Margaret Thatcher. Since she’s never going to tell us, all sides can proceed with the fantasy that Her Majesty is on their side.
Harry and Meghan, of course, are about to make that harder. And while the Queen will get away with it, for the reason that everyone can imagine her rolling her eyes at the sight of any dopey Netflix documentary, that will become harder when she dies, and King Charles has to deal with the fact that his woke son is on everyone’s television, implicitly criticising the Government of the day.
These two can pretend they’re not damaging the Monarchy all they like – but damaging it they are, and will.
One thing though: The constant appeals for privacy and less media coverage ring a bit hollow now, don’t they?
They’re not Royals, any more, this duo. They’re just another pair of faintly annoying Hollywood celebs.