Harry and Meghan ‘cancel’ crucial Invictus Games fundraiser after signing Netflix deal

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Prince Harry’s new £75million Netflix deal has reportedly scuppered plans he had to host a huge Invictus Games party to celebrate wounded ex-serviceman and women.

The Duke of Sussex was set to help raise £1 million for the Invictus Games with a music and comedy show to be held in California next June.

The event, which had hoped to include stars like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, was scheduled to be broadcast by Netflix’s rival Amazon.

But following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new TV deal, the couple has reportedly stepped away from the event leaving officials at the Invictus Foundation “stunned” when lawyers for the royals called them to tell them the news last week.

Meghan and Harry recently signed a multi-million pound deal with Netflix
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According to the Sunday Times, a source said: “It’s very bad form and everyone at Invictus is gutted.

“Harry said yes to doing this last year, and everything was still moving forwards until a few weeks ago.

“This was going to be a big moment for Invictus where the pot is pretty empty, and it has left them in the lurch. Harry needs to pull his finger out to find another way to raise funds for them.”

Despite the reported cancellation, Harry is said to be as committed as ever to the Invictus Foundation
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An Invictus spokesman said: “The event was shelved because the primary revenue generator was ticket sales from a live concert in Los Angeles in the spring of 2021.

“Given current circumstances with Covid, the event needed to be reconceptualised.

“This was an independent decision made prior to a partnership with Netflix.

“The duke remains committed as ever to the Invictus Games.”

The 2020 games which were due to be held in April in The Hague, Holland, but were called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fundraiser was reportedly due to be streamed on Amazon, a key Netflix rival
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a deal with Netflix last week for their new yet-to-be-named production company to make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.

They vowed to make “impactful content that unlocks action” and name-checked Netflix chief executive Ted Sarandos and spoke of the firm’s “unprecedented reach”.

The couple, who recently bought an £11 million mansion in Montecito, California, are expected to make content including on ‘mental health’, an animated series about women, a nature documentary and shows on community service.

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