Meghan Markle has a TV project in store for young girls. According to her and Prince Harry’s production company Archewell Productions, the Duchess of Sussex will executive produce a new animated program for streaming giant Netflix. The series, titled Pearl, would tell the story of the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women from history.
It is the second show from the Netflix deal the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed last year following Heart Of Invictus, a previously announced docuseries following competitors on their road to compete in the Invictus Games for wounded service members. The games will take place in the Hague in 2022.
Markle said in a statement, “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges… I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”
Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, who has produced musical drama Rocketman, will also work on the program. Markle added, “David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”
The Netflix deal signed last year is said to be worth millions of pounds going into making films and television series. At the time, the streaming giant said the pair would create “content that informs but also gives hope.”
Markle will be an executive producer for Pearl, alongside several others including Carolyn Soper, director of the 2018 animated movie Sherlock Gnomes, Emmy-winning Liz Garbus, a US filmmaker whose work includes 2020 drama Lost Girls, and Carolyn Soper, producer of 2010 animated hit Tangled.
Archewell replaced Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal brand after they quit royal duties. The name was inspired by their son Archie – combining “arche”, the Greek word meaning source of action, and “well” as “a plentiful source or supply; a place we go to dig deep.”