Royal Family will ‘scrutinise details’ of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal
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The Royal Family will reportedly be scrutinising the details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix deal.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed an unprecedented multi-year agreement with the streaming giant that will earn them up to £75m, it was announced this week.
It's a savvy business move for the couple as they seek financial independence from the royals.
However a palace insider claims Buckingham Palace will be casting a critical eye over the deal, which will be "subject to discussion".
"Harry and Meghan did leave as working members of the family with everyone's best wishes and it is sincerely hoped they find the happiness that appeared to be lacking in their lives," the source told Mirror Online.
"However, it goes without saying any deals they are making will be scrutinised by the royal household.
"Under the terms of their deal to forgo their royal duties, they agreed any commercial deals would be subject to discussion.
"This deal with Netflix, any speaking engagements or other corporate work are examples.
"Both the Royal Family and senior courtiers will be aware of how this looks to the public, especially as the couple have not yet paid back the £2.4million they promised to refund to the taxpayer for Frogmore Cottage, which will be their UK base."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mocked over Netflix deal after leaving UK for privacy
After announcing their departure from the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan agreed to pay the cost of renovating the Windsor property in instalments in order to retain it as their base in the UK.
They're currently paying about £18,000 a month to the sovereign grant, which covers rent and the £2.4 million spent on refurbishments.
On Wednesday it was announced that the couple founded an as-yet unnamed production company along with the Netflix deal, nicknamed "Megflix".
They have plans for a wide variety of content including documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children's programmes.
Meghan and Harry said in a statement: "Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.
"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".
Netflix's chief content officer and co-chief executive Ted Sarandos said: "We're incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere."
- Royal Family
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