NEW YORK (AP) – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a new home: Netflix.
Six months after disentangling their work from the British Royal Family, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have signed a multi-year deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s shows for the streamer, a statement said Wednesday.
The two, who recently moved to Santa Barbara, California, plan to focus on stories and issues that are dear to different voices and other issues. Several projects are already in development, including a nature documentary series and a series aimed at women who inspire.
“Our lives, both independently and as a couple, have enabled us to understand the power of the human mind: of courage, resilience and the need for connection,” the couple said in the joint statement. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments to highlight people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
The pair also pledged to promote diversity behind the camera while their production company gets off the ground. Meghan has said she will no longer be acting. She’s been doing some voice work since the couple left the UK with baby Archie in search of their financial independence.
The prince worked closely with the filmmakers of the documentary “Rising Phoenix”, in which he can also be seen. It premiered on Netflix last week.
Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer for Netflix, said in the statement that the decamped royals have “inspired millions of people around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership.”
He said the company is proud to have made Netflix their creative home and looks forward to “ sharing with them stories that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere. ”
Netflix also airs its award-winning series ‘The Crown’, following the reign of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The news of the Sussex production deal comes after Netflix teased season four of the hit drama, scheduled for release on November 15.
The new season kicks off in the late 1970s, with Emma Corrin playing Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.