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Harry and Meghan announce Netflix show about Invictus Games | Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have announced the first show of their multimillion dollar deal with Netflix – a documentary covering the behind-the-scenes story of the Invictus Games.

Heart of Invictus will follow the journeys of individuals who are competing at the Prince Harry-backed sporting event for injured former members of armed forces. Harry will appear on camera and be credited as an executive producer on the series, which will cover the run-up to the 2022 Invictus Games in The Hague.

The show will be produced by Archewell Productions, the royal couple’s recently-formed television production arm. Income from the business is expected to be play a key role in financing their new life in California, following their decision to leave public service last year.

Earlier this year Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he had never planned to create content for streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify but his family had been short on funds. “That was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us … From my perspective all I needed was enough money to be able to pay for security to keep my family safe.”

However, last week the Daily Telegraph claimed that the couple had been in discussions to create content for short-lived video streaming service Quibi as early as 2019.

Archewell’s mission statement says the couple want to produce programmes that “utilise the power of storytelling to embrace our shared humanity and duty to truth through a compassionate lens”.

Harry and Meghan will not be directing Heart of Invictus. Instead, they have brought in the director Orlando von Einsiedel and the producer Joanna Natasegara to oversee the making of the project. The duo previously created the documentaries The White Helmets and Evelyn for Netflix.

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