Cancellation of Meghan’s Netflix show means her ‘celebrity status is fading’

Pearl, Meghan Markle’s planned animated film about a young girl inspired by influential women from history has been scrapped by Netflix.

The decision to drop the show is proof that whatever star power the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have is weakening, according to one royal expert.

Andrew Pierce told Palace Confidential that he thought Netflix was starting to realise that Harry and Meghan may not be the big draw that they imagined

“What does [the decision] say about the fall from grace of Meghan?” he said. "This contract is not even two years old and they've realised already that her celebrity is fading in the United States…

Pierce added that the decision was evidence that Netflix had realised that the royal couple were "not the investment they thought they were”.

He added that he thought the show would have been “very important to Meghan,” who he described as “the great woke warrior Queen”.

Price said the loss of the project would be “a real blow to her prestige and ego”.

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The Archewell Productions show Pearl is one of several projects in development that Netflix has scrapped

Another show pitched by the couple is still believed to be going ahead.

Netflix is going through a period of belt-tightening following some disappointing financial results earlier this year.

The streaming giant’s share price dropped 20% in January after it new figures revealed slow subscriber growth.

Then in April Netflix shares plunged by over 35% after it emerge that the company had lost 200,000 subscribers in its first three months of 2022, falling well short of its forecast of adding 2.5 million subscribers.

“What's so significant and what's frankly worrying,” said Pierce, “is that the only projects that will get the green light from Netflix now will be very personal ones about the Royal Family”.

Harry and Meghan are expected to be present at some of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this Summer and it’s possible that they will bring a camera crew with them to chronicle the trip.

Royal expert Angela Levin tweeted: "The atmosphere will be different with Harry etc coming to Jubilee.

"The focus will be on them and how they behave which the Jubilee shouldn't be about. Unfair to expect senior working royals to force themselves to put on a happy face".

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