‘Pearl’ was meant to be a series about a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women
Meghan Markle’s ‘Pearl’ Netflix series was dropped by the streaming service while it was still in development.
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The animated series was created by the Duchess of Sussex with Archewell Productions, a company created by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2020.
The couple quit as senior royals in March 2020 in a quest for personal and financial freedom, and now live in an £11million home in Montecito, California.
Pearl was going to be placed on a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women throughout history.
This comes after streaming giant Netflix released its first subscriber drop earlier this year.
The company has lost 200,000 net subscribers and expects to lose another 2 million over the next three months.
The news of Pearl’s abandonment comes after it emerged that Netflix had lost 200,000 users in the first three months of 2022, well below forecasts that it would add 2.5 million subscribers.
Netflix stumbled in the face of increased competition from Disney, Amazon Prime and the reopening of cinemas.
The US company has seen the value of its shares halve in the past six months as investors grow increasingly concerned about the change in fortunes.
Netflix said Archewell Productions remains a valued partner and they continue to work together on a number of projects, including the documentary series Heart Of Invictus.
The show follows people competing at the Invictus Games, and a film crew was seen near Harry and Meghan during their stay at the event in The Hague, Netherlands, last month.
When Pearl was announced last July, Meghan said: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.
“I am delighted that Archewell Productions, in partnership with the powerful platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, bring you together this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.
“David Furnish and I were excited to shine a light on this special series, and I’m thrilled that we can announce it today.”
An announcement on Archewell’s website, dated July 14, 2021, reads: “Archewell Productions is creating its first-ever animated series with Netflix.
“Pearl (working title) centers on the heroic adventure of a young girl as she learns to take her power and finds inspiration from influential women throughout history.
“Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will executive produce the series alongside David Furnish, Carolyn Soper, Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan and Amanda Rynda.”
According to the Archewell website, Archewell Productions was created by Harry and Meghan “to produce programming that informs, uplifts and inspires.”
The website – which states that Archewell Productions will “use the power of storytelling to embrace our shared humanity and duty to truth through a lens of compassion” – lists Heart Of Invictus and Pearl as the two “exciting projects” that he announced.