Meghan Markle latest news: Duchess & Prince Harry slammed as 'out of touch' and 'naive' for Netflix

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed as 'out of touch' and 'naive' for Netflix by a source.

It comes after the couple were left "saddened" at their relationship with the streaming giant – after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

Senior figures at Netflix believed the pair "may have been a little out of touch" with "how the process of landing a show worked."

The insider told The Sun: "Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work."

The source continued to say: "Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

"Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning."

"The deal may be millions on paper, but they are absolutely not allowed to make whatever they want," the insider said.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    Who is in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration line-up?

    Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration which will be broadcast live on ITV.

    The theatrical arena event will include 1300 performers and 500 horses, and is made up of four acts, each overseen by a different an event host.

    The Celebration will take viewers through history, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I through to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, culminating in a grand finale.

    Each act will reflect on key moments in history including Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech, and James I and the Gunpowder Plot. 

    Well known stars that will be involved:

    • Dame Helen Mirren
    • Gregory Porter
    • Katherine Jenkins
    • Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Ant & Dec
    • Tom Cruise

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘too out of touch’ & ‘naive’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “naive” and “out of touch” to believe that their programme ideas would be “simply signed off” by Netflix, a TV source revealed.

    And the couple are “saddened” at their relationship with the streaming giant, after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

    The insider told The Sun: “Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work.

    “Certainly there was a belief that they thought that Pearl would simply be presented and released. The word was that they were saddened the show was not picked up.

    “But of course people forget that each project faces vetting and the business has the right to veto projects, delete scenes and oversee editorial direction in their work.

    “Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

    “Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning.”

    Piers Morgan brands Meghan as a ‘huge narcissist’

    PIERS Morgan this week branded Meghan Markle as a ‘huge narcissist’ and ‘wouldn’t put anything past’ her as Biden’s sister invites her to the Democratic Party.

    The TalkTV presenter made reference to comments from current US President Joe Biden’s sister, Valeria Biden, who said Meghan would be a good potential candidate for the White House in the future

    Piers voiced his fury toward Meghan, calling her a “scheming Princess Pinocchio” during a segment on his show, Uncensored.

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      Meg and Harry ‘still need to be seen as royal’

      Royal expert Russell Myers has said that after the Sussexes’ Netflix snub, the pair “still need to be seen as royal” and that they “need to stay relevant”.

      Speaking on The Today Show, Mr Myers said: “It’s astonishing that they still feel that they need to be there to be seen but it’s the currency isn’t it, they still need to stay relevant.

      “I’ve been saying this for so long that they would never pass an opportunity to be in the spotlight and to be rubbing shoulders with the Royal Family”.

      He added: “No matter how much they argue against it, they still need to be seen as royal”.

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      Queen has ‘IMMENSE faith’ in Prince Charles

      The Queen showed she has ‘immense faith’ in Prince Charles and it is becoming obvious that the ‘weight of service is too much to carry alone’, a royal expert has claimed.

      Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech in Parliament yesterday after Her Majesty was forced to pull out.

      According to The Sun’s legendary royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, the Queen has huge amounts of trust in Prince Charles.

      Arthur said: For the first time the monarch passed on this most sacred of royal duties to her eldest son, confirming the immense faith she has in the Prince of Wales.”

      “And it is becoming increasingly obvious that the weight of our sovereign’s 70 years of service to the nation are now too much for her to carry alone,” he added.

      The Duke of Cornwall, made a shorter-than-usual speech at Parliament – in what many believe to have been our first true glimpse of what life will be like when he becomes king.

      Arthur went on to say: “We are in a transition from Queen to the future King.

      “As the Queen watched on television as her eldest son delivered the Government’s wishes, she must have felt the monarchy was in safe hands.”

      This is the first time in 59 years that the Queen has failed to attend the State Opening of Parliament.

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      Meg removes all mention of Pearl

      It’s almost like Pearl never existed – or at least Meghan is trying to make it seem that way.

      Doomed project was cancelled by Netflix and Meghan is attempting to erase the embarrassment from our memories.

      Meghan has removed all mention of her failed animation project from her website.

      According to the Daily Mail, the description of Pearl on her website was nowehere to be found on Sunday.

      They say it previously read: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,”

      It continued: “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.”

      The project saw Meghan at the helm, with co-producers including Elton John‘s husband, David Furnish.

      It’s also reported that ‘insiders say Netfilx is optimistic of the Archewell deal with the Sussexes’ for further projects despite dropping Pearl.

      Archewell was launched in 2020 by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the production house for their various media ventures and an attempt to create income without the Royal Family.

    • Joseph Gamp

      President Biden’s sister invites Meghan to join politics

      Valerie Biden Owens spoke to Good Morning Britain about Meghan and Harry.

      Harry and Meghan are long-time pals of the American president and his family.

      Valerie Biden Owens, political strategist and younger sister of Joe Biden seems to think Meghan would make a good president.

      It’s been suggested previously that Meghan is vying for a career in politics, but this is the first time we’ve known of her being invited to join a political party.

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      Harry ‘in danger of becoming just another foreign prince’

      A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry could become “just another foreign prince” if he further cuts ties with the Royal Family.

      Royal author of the newly-released biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, and photographer Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “It’s a shame because he has got the Invictus Games and quite a lot going for him.

      “But I think he is in danger of evaporating.

      “He and Meghan haven’t had the great launch in America we were expecting, they promised a lot and so far nothing much has happened.

      “And I think they will soon realise that with Netflix and other deals it is just people ultimately wanting to trade on their royal status.”

      Lloyd continued to say: “Why Harry is a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II.

      “If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince.

      “He needs to be working in close ties with the Royal Family to heal the divisions to strengthen his own brand.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      What is Meghan’s ‘Pearl’?

      Pearl follows the adventures of a young girl who found inspiration via influential women throughout history.

      The cartoon had been announced last summer, with Meghan saying at the time: “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 and Harry had created Archewell Productions at Netflix in autumn 2020 in order to create original documentaries and children’s shows, with Pearl set to be their first animated series.

      Last week all references to Pearl were wiped from her Archewell website.

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      Harry & Meg’s contract allows them to sell-on any products rejected by Netflix

      Meghan and executive producer David Furnish “are reviewing the project to see where else it could find a home”, according to sources.

      They will be pitching the series concept to other TV networks and streamers including Apple and Amazon.

      The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex’s contract with Netflix allows the couple to sell on any products that the streaming platform turns down.

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      Meghan is seeking a new home for animated series Pearl

      Meanwhile, the Dutchess of Sussex is on the lookout for a new TV home for her cartoon series Pearl, which was axed by Netflix earlier this month.

      Sources told the Sun that Meghan, 40, and her team at production company Archewell "are reviewing the project to see where else it could find a home".

      They will be pitching the series concept to other TV networks and streamers including Apple and Amazon.

    • Joseph Gamp

      What was the Sussex Royal Foundation?

      Harry and Meghan founded the outfit back in 2019 and called it Sussex Royal – The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

      But the pair had to change the foundation's name to MWX Foundation when they stepped back from court life.

      And nearly a year ago they instructed a voluntary liquidator to wind up the charity, essentially cutting another tie with Britain.

      A report by Smith & Williamson filed in September 2021 revealed the concern had £289,106 held in an account with Coutts & Co when they were called in.

      It said the body had a wholly-owned subsidiary – Harry and Meghan’s trading arm MXH Trading Ltd – which is also being wound-up voluntarily by the couple.

      The document said that £26,000 will go to Harbottle & Lewis for legal representation and £10,000 to liquidators. 

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      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry forced to pay £213,000 to charity

      PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been forced to pay £213,000 to charity as they settle the final debts of their foundation.

      The couple's MWX Foundation, formerly Sussex Royal, which is in liquidation has paid its outstanding debt to an unnamed non-profit, papers revealed.

      The report said a claim of £213,000 had been received from a creditor relating to a grant due to a "not-for-profit enterprise".

      A total of £134,500 was paid off last year as the couple declared all of its debts would be paid in full within 12 months.

      However, the remaining £78,500 was paid later, according to the report.

      The delay in payment caused an extra charge of £27,447 as the "time costs exceeded the estimate".

      The document also said that £22,000 will go to Harbottle & Lewis for legal representation.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Queen has ‘IMMENSE faith’ in Prince Charles

      The Queen showed she has ‘immense faith’ in Prince Charles and it is becoming obvious that the ‘weight of service is too much to carry alone’, a royal expert has claimed.

      Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech in Parliament yesterday after Her Majesty was forced to pull out.

      According to The Sun’s legendary royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, the Queen has huge amounts of trust in Prince Charles.

      Arthur said: For the first time the monarch passed on this most sacred of royal duties to her eldest son, confirming the immense faith she has in the Prince of Wales.”

      “And it is becoming increasingly obvious that the weight of our sovereign’s 70 years of service to the nation are now too much for her to carry alone,” he added.

      The Duke of Cornwall, made a shorter-than-usual speech at Parliament – in what many believe to have been our first true glimpse of what life will be like when he becomes king.

      Arthur went on to say: “We are in a transition from Queen to the future King.

      “As the Queen watched on television as her eldest son delivered the Government’s wishes, she must have felt the monarchy was in safe hands.”

      This is the first time in 59 years that the Queen has failed to attend the State Opening of Parliament.

    • Joseph Gamp

      New Bill of Rights could be 'problematic' for Scotland, expert says

      Proposals from the UK Government to introduce a new Bill of Rights is "problematic", an expert has said.

      Barbara Bolton, head of legal and policy for the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said replacing the current Human Rights Act would create "a whole raft of confusion and uncertainty".

      A plan to bring forward a Bill of Rights was confirmed in the Queen's Speech on Tuesday, after a pledge to reform human rights laws was included in the Tory manifesto in 2019.

      The Government said the changes will strengthen "freedom of speech" and bring "proper balance" between the rights of individuals and effective politics.

      But Ms Bolton, giving evidence to Westminster's Joint Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday, warned of the problems doing so could create for both citizens and the devolution settlement within the UK.

      Ms Bolton told the committee that since the creation of the Human Rights Act, "significant progress" had been made in Scotland.

      "There's much to be done," she pointed out, but added she did not "recognise the very negative portrayal" of the Act in the consultation paper.

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      Kate touching bee tribute to the people of Manchester

      Kate Middleton wore earrings featuring Manchester's bee symbol yesterday as she and William paid tribute to those killed in the city's arena bombing.

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, below, were at the unveiling of the Glade of Light memorial, inset, and stood alongside the families of the 22 victims.

      William said: "As someone who lives with his own grief, I know what often matters most to the bereaved is that those we have lost are not forgotten."

      The worker bee became a symbol of the city's unity and defiance in the wake of the suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘too out of touch’ & ‘naive’

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “naive” and “out of touch” to believe that their programme ideas would be “simply signed off” by Netflix, a TV source revealed.

      And the couple are “saddened” at their relationship with the streaming giant, after it binned their cartoon Pearl, last week.

      The insider told The Sun: “Executives feel that in some aspects Harry and Meghan appeared to be naive about how their deal would work.

      “Certainly there was a belief that they thought that Pearl would simply be presented and released. The word was that they were saddened the show was not picked up.

      “But of course people forget that each project faces vetting and the business has the right to veto projects, delete scenes and oversee editorial direction in their work.

      “Some forget that Netflix is a business, so the commissioning executives and legal team have to act in the best interests of the  brand.

      “Just because they are royalty, they are not treated any different to others in the arena of programme commissioning.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Tory MP urges caution on elements of Queen’s Speech

      Conservative MP Ben Bradley welcomed a number of elements in the Queen’s Speech, but said: “I want to urge caution on a couple of things as well, not least the Online Safety Bill.

      “I think it’s well intentioned, and I think we all understand the reasons why we would want to seek to protect people online, and why things that are illegal in the ‘real world’ should also be illegal online, but I am also concerned about the risk of allowing big tech companies to police our language and our speech.”

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      Will the Queen be at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations?

      It is not known whether the Queen will attend the Jubilee celebrations.

      It’s thought she will decide on the day whether she will appear at each of the anniversary events.

      A royal source told The Mirror: “There will certainly be fears over whether Her Majesty will be able to make any events for her Jubilee celebrations or have to really choose her battles.

      “She will do her best but her health must come first and she is by now used to listening to the advice of her doctors as well as knowing her own limits.”

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      Kate cuddles baby as she learns about innovative new education project (2/2)

      The duchess later chatted to the mother and her baby, and she briefly held Saul, who will celebrate his first birthday in June, but he quickly stretched out his hands for his mother.

      Later, the couple met people helped by the housing, care and property management group the Wheatley Group at one of the organisation's sites in the Kennishead area of Glasgow.

      They learned how the group is helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged or vulnerable people, including those at risk of homelessness.

      The couple met mothers whose children receive books through a partnership between the group and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

      Kirsty Holmes, 25, told William and Kate her four-year-old son Theo's favourite book is The Gingerbread Man, and Kate offered him a cupcake from a plate on the table and praised his Spider-Man glasses.

      Ms Holmes said afterwards: "I enjoyed talking to them, they were very welcoming and down to earth. They seem to really like children, they were asking about our experiences with the books."

      Lynette Wilson, 36, who has children aged one, two and 14, told the couple how she has been helped by Wheatley Foundation's EatWell emergency food parcel service.

      Her daughter Olivia gave William a picture she had drawn of him and Kate told her it was "very good".

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      Kate cuddles baby as she learns about innovative new education project (1/2)

      Prince William today joked about his wife becoming broody when they visited a school where she cuddled a baby, sang along with children and spoke to young pupils.

      William and Kate toured St John's Primary School in Port Glasgow to learn about an innovative project where children interact with a mother and baby to learn about its development and aid their emotional empathy with others.

      As the couple began their visit to the school, close to the banks of the River Clyde in Inverclyde, the duke joked: "Can you get my wife out of here before she gets broody?"

      By the end of it, she was holding 10-month-old Saul after his session with his mother Laura Molloy.

      She has been bringing her son to school as part of the Roots of Empathy sessions run by Action for Children, a charity Kate supports as patron.

      Action for Children, which runs the programme in 18 local authority areas in Scotland, says the sessions, where the pupils are guided in discussions about their own emotions, improves the behaviour of pupils, who are kinder with less instances of bullying.

      The Cambridges sat cross-legged on the floor and joined a session, as Saul crawled on a mat, singing nursery rhymes with the children, and they even did the hand actions to Incy Wincy Spider.

      Kate asked the group of around 35 seven-year-olds: "Do you think lots of schools should have a project like this?," and when some replied "Yes", she added "We do too".

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      In pictures: Prince William embraces overwhelmed elderly man in Glasgow

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Glasgow community today to see first-hand how Wheatley Group is transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people and families.

      Kate & William also heard also about the work carried out by Scotland's leading housing, care & property-management group to tackle homelessness and support vulnerable tenants during the cost of living crisis.

      In the heartwarming image below, William gives an elderly local resident a hug as he bursts into tears.

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Glasgow community todayCredit: JSHPIX / free image
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      Harry ‘in danger of becoming just another foreign prince’

      A royal author has claimed that Prince Harry could become “just another foreign prince” if he further cuts ties with the Royal Family.

      Royal author of the newly-released biography ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’, and photographer Ian Lloyd told Express.co.uk: “It’s a shame because he has got the Invictus Games and quite a lot going for him.

      “But I think he is in danger of evaporating.

      “He and Meghan haven’t had the great launch in America we were expecting, they promised a lot and so far nothing much has happened.

      “And I think they will soon realise that with Netflix and other deals it is just people ultimately wanting to trade on their royal status.”

      Lloyd continued to say: “Why Harry is a big name in America? It is because his mother was Diana and his grandmother Elizabeth II.

      “If he does distance himself from the Royal Family that brand will eventually be damaged, he will be just another foreign prince.

      “He needs to be working in close ties with the Royal Family to heal the divisions to strengthen his own brand.”

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      Prince Harry slammed over 'ludicrous' NBC Today interview

      Prince Harry previously caused royal tension with some comments he made during his interview for NBC Today.

      Speaking on Australia’s The Today Show, Royal expert Russell Myers said: “I just think that interview that Harry gave for American television a few weeks ago was absolutely ludicrous.

      “What on earth is he talking about protecting the Queen, making sure she’s got the right people around her”.

      Mr Myers noted that the Duke now lives “5000 miles away from her”.

      He added: “He’s chosen to give up his duty, he’s run roughshod over the Royal Family and his duty that he left behind, yet he’s coming out with ludicrous statements that he’s the one protecting the Queen”.

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      Her Maj remains ‘totally in charge’

      PRINCE Charles was flanked by wife Camilla and son William as he stood in for the Queen at yesterday’s State Opening of Parliament — but royal sources insisted Her Majesty was still “very much” in charge.

      The 96-year-old monarch’s absence with mobility problems has led to fears she may never continue her duties as Head of State or again deliver her speech outlining the Government’s priorities.

      But sources from across all royal palaces were yesterday quick to rule out any suggestion that heir Charles, 73, is acting as a prince regent.

      A senior royal insider pointed out the Queen has been carrying out state duties since first being hampered while walking in the autumn, and that she will host a virtual Privy Council today.

      Yesterday’s constitutional ceremony was a special exception because it needed her to be present at the Lords.

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