Meghan Markle confirmed a series was in the making after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted on several occasions with film crews in tow. Speaking about the docuseries in a recent interview with Variety magazine, Meghan said: “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story.” However, royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti claims there may be another reason behind the deal with Netflix.
As the hit show The Crown nears the present day, Mr Sacerdoti claimed Meghan and Harry could have a “sort of arranged deal” with the streaming service.
The upcoming series of The Crown has been criticised for its dramatisation of real-life events, but Meghan and Harry chose to still work with the service to produce their series.
Mr Sacerdoti told Express.co.uk: “I do wonder if one of the reasons that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven’t taken a firm stand with Netflix by refusing to make their series is it didn’t change that sort of approach towards The Crown.
“I wonder if it might be some sort of arranged deal, spoken or unspoken that they have that will see them left alone in the crown if they provide their version of their story.”
The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan has confirmed the series will end with season six, taking the Royal Family into the early 2000s, though it is not yet clear where exactly.
Mr Sacerdoti added that Meghan and Harry will therefore be able to “complete their extra piece of the jigsaw puzzle” with their own series of events.
He said: “I certainly think it would be undesirable for Meghan and Harry to have recent events described in The Crown, I know producers said they aren’t keen to go right up to the present day, but maybe that’s why they are so keen on this Netflix series, it might complete their extra piece of the jigsaw puzzle in them telling their story.”
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Actors Teddy Hawley and Will Powell will both play a young Prince Harry in series five of the series, but his part is yet to be cast for season six.
Elizabeth Debicki, who portrays Princess Diana has stressed the important of not taking the show as fact.
The actress insisted that people should “move on” following the inclusion of a disclaimer for the most recent series.
Speaking on the disclaimer Ms Debicki added: “Now the disclaimer is up there, we can maybe stop talking about it and move on.
“If that’s helpful for certain people, so be it, and now the conversation can be returned to the creative endeavour of what the show is.”