Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reported to have signed an agreement with Netflix to develop documentary series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s content which will be exclusively shown via the streaming giant. Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss the couple’s new deal. “It’s gonna be epic entertainment – so excited about that deal,” he said. “They’re smart – they were shopping it around across all of the major companies, and I think we really put together the best complete package, and we’re going to do a wide range of entertainment with them.”
“I think it’ll be some of the most exciting, most viewed content next year,” Hastings also said. While it has been confirmed that the Duchess will not be returning to acting, Hastings has explained that the pair will be focusing on more producing roles, with the potential for both her and Prince Harry to be featured in factual shows. Hasting explained, “They’ve developed a great eye for a story, and we’ll be working with them on that basis.”
In addition to Hasting’s discussion of the new deal, the Duke and Duchess also offered their statement on this new chapter in their lives. “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” they explained. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us,”, adding that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach” would help them “share impactful content that unlocks action”.
The announcement of this new venture comes after the Duke and Duchess stepped down from their senior royal duties earlier this year and relocated to Montecito, California with their son Archie.