It’s fair to say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spent the last few months quietly establishing themselves as Hollywood’s newest power couple. Meghan reportedly signed a deal with Disney in January, alley-ooped by her husband, who smoothly pitched his wife’s talent to then CEO Bob Iger at The Lion King’s London premiere. They moved into Tyler Perry’s sprawling Beverly Hills mansion for a time, as one does. And they almost permanently settled in the city, before switching things up and moving askance to Santa Barbara—reportedly owed to Prince Harry’s dissatisfaction with L.A. (which technically makes him an honorary New Yorker).
Now, however, Variety reports that the couple has plans to further embed themselves in the industry town. In June, Meghan and Harry reportedly took meetings with several networks, shopping a mysterious project to top execs. One of the meetings was reportedly with Bonnie Hammer, the chairman of NBCUniversal’s Content Studios, who previously worked with Meghan when she starred on the USA series Suits. NBCUniversal declined to comment on the report, Variety notes.
The duo would serve as joint producers on the project, the outlet notes, though it’s unclear what the pitch is exactly. A source close to Meghan did, however, tell Variety that the former actor would not be performing in the undefined project.
So what is this mysterious project? Based on the couple’s brand, it’ll likely be a docuseries about something Important but fairly innocuous. Perhaps we can expect a sumptuously filmed wildlife documentary set in Botswana, a country that played a key role in their relationship. Meghan’s first Disney project was narrating a wholesome elephant documentary, after all. (The consensus? Very cute.) Or perhaps the new project will be an informative deep dive on the coronavirus and how it’s impacting people’s mental health, piggybacking off a docuseries that Prince Harry is already making with Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+. It stands to reason that whatever the idea is, it will be serious and prestigious and not in the least bit as saucy or scandalous as the public would like it to be.
Unless…the couple is so tired of their narrative being controlled by outsiders that they’re just making a docuseries about themselves. Why not! True Life: I’m an Ex-Royal would be peak appointment television and could serve as a first-person counterpoint to Finding Freedom, the recently released royal biography about their lives. It’s what the people want.
Or maybe Harry and Meghan could even go a step further and just do something fun based on their personal interests. (They are, reportedly, real people who like stuff and things, not just causes.) Meghan could plunge back into The Tig (a lifestyle brand she’s reportedly been thinking of relaunching) and give The Goop Lab a good, holistic scare by making a docuseries about wellness. Harry could really entertain his house music obsession by making a show about the genre. (Never forget his spiky, Deadmau5-inspired finsta.) Or maybe they’ll pivot to making Archie-friendly media and give Duck! Rabbit! the glossy series treatment. Who knows? Let your imagination run free for now, until Serious Docuseries About Important Human Issue, as Presented by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gets its inevitable announcement in the trades.
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