Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “ruffled feathers” while working with Netflix, according to a source, following a rocky era in their fortunes as their £15 million partnership with Spotify comes to an end.
The couple has been creating new content for Netflix, with two future projects, following the success of their docuseries Harry & Meghan on the streaming platform last December.
There has even been speculation that the couple might win an Emmy for the series, which would enhance their visibility even more in the United States.
However, their candid description of their relationship and life as working royals may have caused them to reveal too much about themselves, with some arguing that they need to reevaluate their brand to move forward successfully.
“The greatest fear from Meghan and Harry’s perspective is that this latest controversy and criticism could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to what the public thinks of them and how much money they can earn,” a Netflix source told Closer magazine.
“Things may have to change as far as joint appearances go, and certainly it seems like bashing the royals together is off the agenda now for the foreseeable future.”
They went on to say that the couple had “ruffled feathers” during their time at Netflix, saying: “Harry is no problem but Meghan thinks she knows how to run Hollywood.”
Although their docuseries focused primarily on their personal lives, their two forthcoming productions will depart from royal life and feature other perspectives.
Their long-awaited documentary Heart of Invictus is set to be published on Netflix in August, following wounded and sick Armed Forces soldiers as they compete in the Invictus Games, which Prince Harry founded.
They are also rumored to be working on a new series called Bad Manners, which will be a prequel to Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations and will center on the character Miss Havisham.
But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Sussexes, as it was announced last month that they would no longer be generating new content with Spotify, with no second series for Meghan’s podcast Archetypes.
According to a source, Meghan has been “distraught” by the recent allegations that she is not working hard enough.
“Meghan is distraught over the Spotify snub and the fallout that has followed,” they said. It’s totally knocked her sideways.
“She can’t believe she’s been attacked so viciously and so publicly by one of their execs, and to be labeled ‘grifters’ is an utterly humiliating and gut-wrenching all-time low – it’s served as a brutal reality check that things really do need to change to save their popularity.
“Her team has warned her that there’s ‘no future’ with Harry and that she needs to start working on her individual projects rather than being seen as one half of ‘Brand Sussex’.
“They feel that if Meghan does more on her own, she’ll have more opportunities to save her career. It will give them breathing room and restore confidence – or at least that’s the hope.”