Netflix 'Pearl': Meghan Markle to create animated show with Elton John's husband David Furnish
'Pearl' will be Archewell Productions' first animated series. Meghan and Harry had inked a multi-year contract with Netflix last year
Meghan Markle is joining David Furnish, Elton John's husband, to create a new animated series about a "12-year-old heroine who finds inspiration in influential women from history. This will be broadcast as part of the Sussexes' flourishing Netflix agreement, news outlets reported on Wednesday, July 14.
Recently, Oprah Winfrey's Emmy nominated bombshell CBS interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was viewed by 49.1 million people and was slammed for being "unethical". In other news about the LA-based royals, the Duchess of Sussex was branded "500 percent nightmare" by Prince Harry's friends.
Meghan's 'Pearl,' a "family series " is being produced by Archewell Productions, the Netflix-based company founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Recently, the couple's attempts to have the Archewell Foundation and Archewell Audio companies protected by the law in America were halted for a second time due to pending paperwork.
However, it seems like the company will lead the way with 'Pearl'. Meghan, 39, will take on the job of 'creator and executive producer' on the new project, which was revealed on Wednesday, July 14, making it the first time the former actress and 'Suits' star has worked that position. The project is set to "weave together fantasy and history" while focussing on the "adventures of a 12-year-old girl" as she endeavors to "overcome life's daily challenges", according to Furnish of 'Rocketman,' and 'Gnomeo & Juliet' fame, who will also serve as an executive producer, Variety reported.
"Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges," Meghan said in a statement, which referred to her by her Royal title of the Duchess of Sussex despite the repeated pressure on her and her husband to stop using them considering their repeated public criticism of The Firm. "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," she continued.
Although she did not name any of the women 'Pearl' will be showcasing, she said she was "eager to bring this special series to light" with Furnish. Furnish hinted that he and Meghan have been working on the project for a while now. "'Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages. The team collaborating on the series are first class, and Netflix are the perfect partner."
'Pearl' will be Archewell Productions' first animated series. Meghan and Harry inked a multi-year contract with Netflix last autumn to produce documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows, and children's programming.