Netflix cancels Meghan Markle's Netflix series about her childhood

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Netflix has cancelled Meghan Markle's Netflix series Pearl, which is believed to be at least partly based on her childhood, amid a wave of cutbacks at the streaming giant.

Deadline reports Pearl, which was to be created by the Duchess of Sussex through Archewell Productions, was officially cancelled while it was still only in the development stage.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Netflix has cancelled Meghan Markle's Netflix series Pearl about her childhood following a wave of cutbacks at the streaming service. Photo: Getty

It is believed the cutbacks came after a drop in subscribers, with the company missing its target by 200,000 people.


The show was set to be executive produced by Elton John's husband David Furnish and was described as a family series that centres on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration from several influential women throughout history.

Speaking about the series last year, 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’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today."

While Pearl didn't make it through development, insiders revealed to Deadline that there are still a number of Archewell projects in the works.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has yet to publish any content for Netflix after signing a $100 million deal with the streaming site. Photo: Getty

This includes a documentary series Heart of Invictus, which was shooting while Meghan and Harry were in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games recently.

Netflix has also cut two other children's shows and has fired staff with sources telling Deadline, the streaming giant warned producers to take projects still in development elsewhere.

However, it's unclear if Archewell Productions was given similar advice.

Netflix made a $100 million deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in September 2020, however, the couple is yet to publish any content for the streaming site.

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