Netflix has done away with Meghan Markle’s animated series for children titled Pearl, reports suggest. This comes as one of the platform’s technical decisions regarding its original animated content.
According to reports, Archewell Productions – a production company owned by Markle and her husband Prince Harry remains a close partner of Netflix even after the series snub and various other projects still remain in development and production.
In September 2020 it was notified that Netflix had signed a contract with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry via Archewell Productions which was to include scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, features and children’s programming.
A little bit on the show
In light of this, Pearl, Markle’s program for children was announced in July 2021 where the Duchess of Sussex was to serve as one of the executive producers. According to reports, the show would narrate the tale of a 12-year-old girl who looks up to various women from history for inspiration.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” the 40-year-old former actress said in a statement at the time. “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,” she added.
Elton John’s husband, David Furnish, was also set to work alongside Markle to executive produce the series. “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages,” David commented at that time.
Why did Netflix cut off Meghan Markle’s show?
Netflix decided to cut off Meghan Markle’s series after suffering a few losses and losing a major portion of subscribers amidst controversies. Previously the streaming giant was accused of scapegoating password sharing and also the laying-off of editorial operation Tudum. The company suffered major turbulence in stock prices due to losing so many subscribers.
Netflix has also binned various other shows that were in production including “Dino Daycare” and “Boons and Curses”, both of which were children’s shows. Pearl itself was in its developmental stages when it was scrapped.