The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed an £80 million deal with Netflix in 2020 and have already released two documentaries as part of the agreement. However, the strike is now affecting the production of their third series, which was expected to be filmed in South Africa.
The couple’s first documentary, titled ‘Harry and Meghan’, premiered last December and was followed by ‘Live to Lead’ on New Year’s Eve. They are now reportedly in talks to front a third documentary focusing on humanitarian issues in South Africa, where they would meet local communities. However, the ongoing writers’ strike in the US is making it challenging to move forward with the project.
Hollywood actors, including Hilary Duff, Bob Odenkirk, and Kevin Bacon, have been participating in strike action outside major studios, including Netflix, Warner Bros, Disney, and Paramount. Although some picket lines were cut short due to extreme heat, this strike is still considered the largest industry strike in 60 years.
The impact of the strike is not limited to the picket lines, as it is also affecting the plans for Harry and Meghan’s upcoming documentary. While no official announcement has been made regarding the documentary’s subject, previous reports suggested that the couple could be involved in building houses in the villages they visit.
The production is expected to be a joint effort between Netflix and the couple’s Archewell Foundation, with Meghan particularly interested in sharing information about safe childbirth with the women she meets.
With production on hold due to the strike, the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix projects remains uncertain.