Harry and Meghan’s money pressures

If the Emmy Awards were handed out based on ‘most headlines generated’, then this year, Oprah Winfrey would be a shoo-in.

The nominations for this year’s awards have been released with Winfrey up for another prime time gong (she already has two) for her history-making TV interview with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year. 

For Harry and Meghan, it’s the first time since they landed in the US last year that their names have been linked with awards season gold. (Whoever knew that going so wildly rogue on the palace would be met with critical enthusiasm in California?)

The question is though, just how much of a Midas touch do they have? Hundreds of millions of dollars – and their US futures – are at stake.

In just over a month’s time, we will hit the one-year anniversary of the Sussexes’ Netflix deal being announced. In the 10-and-a-half months since news of the “megawatt” deal was broken by The New York Times, there does not seem to have been much movement on this front, publicly at least.

While initially the Times had reported the Sussexes would be making “documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming,” what sounded like it would be a flood of earnest content has not even amounted to a trickle.

In March it was announced that the couple had hired Oscar-nominated producer Ben Browning to head up Archewell’s video content production arm and the following month it was revealed that their first project would be a docuseries about the sporting tournament for wounded veterans, the Invictus Games, that Harry founded.

On Thursday, it was announced that Meghan will produce an animated series with the working title Pearl, which follows a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by influential women in history. No air date was revealed, nor would Dora the Explorer officially comment on the potential rival.