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Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, announced they were “stepping back” from their royal duties last year. The Duchess and Duke of Sussex then moved to the US, eventually settling in Montecito, California. The exclusive enclave, which is just up the coast from Hollywood, is home to several celebrities, including the couple’s friend Oprah Winfrey. After leaving the Royal Family Meghan and Harry signed deals to produce content for Netflix and later Spotify.
The couple’s agreements with the two entertainment giants are reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars, although exact fees have not been confirmed.
Their first Netflix series will be ‘Heart Of Invictus’, which will follow competitors in next year’s edition of the Invictus Games, the competition for wounded armed service personnel and veterans, founded by Harry.
Meghan has also announced that she will co-produce animated series ‘Pearl’ alongside Elton John’s husband David Furnish and others.
The Sussexes’ sole Spotify production is a ‘holiday special’ podcast featuring a string of celebrity guests, which they put out ahead of New Year 2020.
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Meghan and Harry welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana in June, their second child after Archie Harrison.
However, the fact that more content from the couple has not been forthcoming has raised questions among royal watchers about what their future may hold.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers, who has written several biographies of twentieth-century figures, including the Queen Mother, offered his thoughts to Express.co.uk.
He said: “I think where Prince Harry’s in trouble is that he may hate or he may claim to hate the royal system, where he gets met – when he comes to an island – he gets met by the Governor-General and whisked off to [the] government house.
“But if you take a contract and you get paid a lot of money by an American company […] they want their pound of flesh and I think he might find that rather difficult as time goes on.
“I’m of the sort of generation that finds all this touchy-feely stuff rather unattractive, and I don’t really understand it and I don’t go for it either.
“So I wonder what they have got to say, will their message get any better as time goes on?
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“Or will it just be more of the same?”
He argued that if Meghan and Harry “don’t deliver”, the streaming giants may end their commercial relationship, a move that would drive “publicity” just as much as hiring them.
Meghan and Harry left the Royal Family amid reports of a rift between them and senior members of the Firm.
The couple have since given their own account of their royal departure, speaking to Oprah for an explosive two-hour CBS special in March.
Harry is also penning an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir, due for tentative release late next year.
Both he and Meghan have admitted struggling with the pressures that come with a life of royal service.
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