‘Royal ties alone’ won’t protect Duchess in ‘ruthless world of showbiz’ after Netflix CANCELS show

MEGHAN Markle must step up as her Royal associations won’t protect her in the “ruthless” showbiz world, an expert has warned.

Over the weekend, it was announced Meghan’s upcoming animated series Pearl was quietly dumped by Netflix.

And Royal author Robert Jobson says the Duke and Duchess will need to work hard to maintain and develop their lucrative multi-million dollar deals.

He told the Mirror: The cancelling of Meghan’s series proves one thing – their name and royal associations alone don’t guarantee backing in the ruthless world of showbiz.

“Will Netflix demand more royal tittle tattle, from the prince and his wife? Are they prepared to sell-out even more? Only time will tell.

“But after much publicised chats with Oprah and others, surely, they have exhausted their bombshell royal revelations by now.”

The series, created by the Duchess of Sussex through Archewell Productions, was in the development stage – but it was binned as part of cutbacks amid a collapse in subscribers, Deadline reported.

Reacting to the news, Sun columnist Piers Morgan said, “Oh no! I do hope nobody rang the boss of Netflix to demand they fire her…”

Pearl – which followed the story of a 12-year-old girl exploring famous women in history – was set to be the streaming giant’s first animated series.

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

  • ‘She’s very good at talking a good game’

    It has recently been announced that ‘Pearl’, the animated series for which Meghan was to be an executive producer, was dropped by Netflix

    Speaking on TalkTV, Mike Graham said: “The great thing about Meghan is that she’s very good at talking a good game but not so much as carrying out the game.

    “We’ve not heard any more from her since that Oprah Winfrey interview about all of the things she claimed were true which were later debunked.

    “She’s kicked all that off into the side.

    “She’s only made one podcast for Spotify. They asked them to do a series of podcasts.

    “I think they’re going to try and gear up to see if they can do a second one. I do a podcast every day on this show.

    “These people who haven’t even got jobs can’t even manage to do one a year.”

  • ‘She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells’

    Princess Charlotte beams among the bluebells in three new snaps to mark her seventh birthday.

    Sun royal photographer Arthur Edwards said: “Charlotte is growing up so fast. She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells.

    “She’s the spitting image of her mum.

    “Her long hair has been done beautifully and that smile is unmistakable.

    “Catherine’s really got the knack for capturing her children at their very best.

    “Her photography skills get better every year, and including the new family pet makes it so special.

    “Seeing these portraits has really brought a smile to my lips, as it will the entire country.

    “This is the future of the Royal Family.”

  • ‘What’s going on with it?’

    Meghan Markle has had her podcast described as ‘passe’ by a royal biographer.

    The Duchess of Sussex is expected to launch her first-ever podcast – Archetypes – produced exclusively for the music-sharing platform Spotify this summer.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Spotify is waiting for the summer for her to do another thing which is about women who are stereotyped.

    “Where does it come from? She’s going to speak to historians and women who feel stereotyped.

    “But hang on, what’s going on with it? Nothing yet so it’s very similar to Netflix.

    “It’s all about her, being a proud woman but actually, it’s sort of passé.”

    She added: “We’ve all moved on, most women are ok, the thing now is gender rather than actually being a woman.”

  • ‘It would have been so meaningful to our audience’

    An executive producer and animation showrunner of Pearl, took to Twitter yesterday after the news emerged the show had been axed.

    Ms Rynda wrote on Twitter: “It’s so sad when companies face hard times, it’s these types of projects that get cut.

    “This series was heartwarming and funny. It would have inspired young girls and spoke to the underrepresented.

    “It would have been so meaningful to our audience.

    “I’m feeling for our team and everyone who helped along the way.

    “It was an honour to lead such a talented team from around the world.

    “You brought an abundance of passion to Pearl and I’m SO proud of what we were able to accomplish and very grateful to have worked with each of you.”

  • Biographer hits out

    The Duke of Sussex has yet to confirm whether he and his wife will be returning to the UK in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    Biographer Angela Levin is questioning whether the Duke is attempting to ‘manipulate’ the Jubilee celebrations after he has failed to confirm his plans.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Harry’s said it was ‘security and everything else’ that’s stopping him.

    “What everything else can it be? I hate people who manipulate like that. Ever manipulating, ever putting themselves at the front, and all about me.

    “What about the Queen, for goodness’ sake? We now know she might not even be able to get onto the balcony.”

  • Big Windsor Lunch hopes to break record for the world’s longest-ever picnic table

    Everyone is invited to bring their table along to the Big Windsor Lunch as organisers hope to break the world record for the longest ever picnic table.

    Nearer the time there will also be the option to reserve spaces on the long table. Once the tables are full, picnic-goers will be encouraged to add their own tables or picnic blankets to the surrounding area.

    Aside from the record attempt, the Big Windsor Lunch aims to allow people from different communities and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the Queen’s jubilee together in a unique and exciting atmosphere.

    People living locally to Windsor are encouraged to bring their own picnic tables or blankets, and to and to watch the national Platinum Pageant together on the big screens.

    Bunting and Union Jack flags are also encouraged for those attending the Big Windsor Lunch, as well as picnic food favourites.

  • When is the Big Windsor Lunch at Windsor Castle?

    The record breaking picnic attempt is taking place in Windsor during the extended Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with festivities’ kicking off at 12.30pm.

    The Big Windsor Lunch is part of National Thank You Day.

    The long table will be running all the way from Cambridge Gate towards the Copper Horse

    Those in attendance will be expected to stick to the Commonwealth theme for the Sunday Celebrations as part of the four-day festivities.

  • William & Harry’s reaction to Diana’s Bashir interview likely to feature in The Crown

    The move to include Diana’s Bashir interview in The Crown suggests bosses will also show actors portraying Prince William and Harry reacting to the sensational interview.

    A source said: “Moving through Diana’s loved ones, family and friends as she gives that fateful interview, will make for incredible television.

    “That interview became a catalyst for everything that followed in Diana’s life.

    “Having the realisation of what she had done play out on all their faces will really bring that to life. It will be jaw-dropping.”

  • Diana’s famous Panorama interview will feature in Netflix’s The Crown

    WHEN Netflix chose an actor to play Martin Bashir in The Crown, insiders told me bosses intended to recreate Princess Diana’s controversial Panorama interview.

    Now a member of the cast has said for the first time how the 1995 BBC chat will play out in series five.

    Marcus Brigstocke revealed he has filmed scenes in a hospital alongside the actor playing Hasnat Khan — the heart surgeon who had a love affair with Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki.

    Prasanna Puwanarajah has the role of journalist Bashir.

    Marcus said: “We’re in hospital and watching the interview that she gave to Martin Bashir.

    “I’m with the surgeon. I didn’t have lines in the scene and I was told by the director, ‘Could you say a bit while we’re watching it to kind of needle the guy?’.

  • Harry & Meghan’s mansion at risk of major fire

    The Sussexes live in an area reportedly at a greater risk of wildfires.

    A source told the Sunday People : “There have been reports about hikers going out on late-night jaunts close to Harry and Meghan’s place.

    “It’s a possible threat to them and the children, not least because there have also been claims hikers have been smoking and tossing their cigarettes on the ground.

    “Any fire there could easily get out of control.”

    Neighbour, Bruce Savin, told the Montecito Journal: “Last Saturday night, we saw dozens of hikers with flashlights at 9.30pm.

    “In disbelief we watched a hiker take a puff off his cigarette before extinguishing it under his foot.

    “Night hiking is dangerous enough but in a high-risk fire area it is an ­absolute threat to us all.”

  • Netflix camera to be ‘left at the door’

    It has not been confirmed whether Meghan and Harry will return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Royal expert Robert Jobson addressed the speculation that the Sussexes could join the Royal Family on the “balcony of Buckingham Palace” in early June.

    Mr Jobson predicted has predicted that the Netflix entourage will not be welcomed in the UK.

    He told The Mirror: “Any Netflix cameras following them will be left at the door.”

  • Queen hit by shock security breach

    A stalker claiming to be a priest was allowed into barracks by Royal Guardsman protecting the Queen in an astonishing security blunder, The Sun can reveal.

    Soldiers at Victoria Barracks, just yards from Windsor Castle, were approached at the gate by a man claiming to be a priest and a friend of the padre to the Coldstream Guards at the base.

    Without showing any identification or credentials, he was allowed in and spent the night eating and drinking in the Officer’s Mess.

    The imposter spent the night drinking with senior officers while spinning stories of how he had served in Iraq.

    He was then offered a bed for the night.

    Sources said the alarm was finally raised in the morning after he had been given breakfast.

    Police were called and he was found to be a “fantastist” and escorted from the premises.

    Last night the Ministry of Defence was conducting an urgent investigation into the appalling security breach which allowed the stalker to be present for nearly 16 hours.  

  • Charles fled from spooky presence

    GHOSTS stalk several royal homes — and Prince Charles once fled from a spooky presence, a new book says.

    The most haunted is said to be Sandringham, where two kings — George V and VI — died.

    Christmas cards move on mantlepieces, doors open on their own, lights turn on and off, and eerie footsteps have been reported at the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, according to Britain’s Ghostly Heritage by John West.

    A young Charles and a footman were also said to have once fled in terror from the library after a deathly cold descended and they felt someone was behind them.

    Another footman, interviewed in 1996, claimed he saw a servant who had died the previous year.

    Heavy breathing is often said to come from an empty second-floor bedroom, with spooked servants refusing to go in.

  • ‘It’s becoming this saga’

    A number of royal commentators have called on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to avoid the festivities as to not overshadow Her Majesty’s achievement.

    Speaking with the MailOnline’s Palace Confidential, Richard Eden said: “I really get the impression that Harry and Meghan are loving all the speculation about whether they’ll come for the Jubilee or not.

    These comments come in relation to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, an event that marks her as Britain’s longest-ever serving monarch.

    “What should be the wonderful celebrations of the Queen’s amazing long reign, instead it’s sort of becoming this saga or will-they-won’t-they-come?” Eden added.

  • How to get nine days off work by booking just three days annual leave for Queen’s Jubilee

    Millions of people have basked in the sunshine of a long bank holiday weekend.

    And anyone wanting to enjoy more time off has another one to look forward to in just a few weeks time.

    Workers can take advantage of the extra two days off by simply booking holiday for the three days before these bank holiday dates.

    This means if you book off Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 you can get NINE days off altogether in a row.

    That’s because you’ll have the previous weekend at the start too – Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

    With those two days, plus the three days of annual leave booked, and the four-day bank holiday weekend, you can enjoy nine days off work back to back.

  • “They think he’s a bit of an irrelevance”

    Royal biographer Howard Hodgson told Express.co.uk that the Duke of Sussex’s conflict with his family is an “irrelevance” due to his father’s wish to downsize the royal family.

    Mr Hodgson noted: “Charles thinks the Royal Family has the best chance of survival by going straight down the line and not out sideways, all over the place.

    He added: “So for Harry, they think he’s a bit of an irrelevance.”

    These comments come as debate swells around whether Harry and Megan will attend Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with some suggesting it would be better if they stayed away.

  • ‘She’s very good at talking a good game’

    It has recently been announced that ‘Pearl’, the animated series for which Meghan was to be an executive producer, was dropped by Netflix

    Speaking on TalkTV, Mike Graham said: “The great thing about Meghan is that she’s very good at talking a good game but not so much as carrying out the game.

    “We’ve not heard any more from her since that Oprah Winfrey interview about all of the things she claimed were true which were later debunked.

    “She’s kicked all that off into the side.

    “She’s only made one podcast for Spotify. They asked them to do a series of podcasts.

    “I think they’re going to try and gear up to see if they can do a second one. I do a podcast every day on this show.

    “These people who haven’t even got jobs can’t even manage to do one a year.”

  • ‘She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells’

    Princess Charlotte beams among the bluebells in three new snaps to mark her seventh birthday.

    Sun royal photographer Arthur Edwards said: “Charlotte is growing up so fast. She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells.

    “She’s the spitting image of her mum.

    “Her long hair has been done beautifully and that smile is unmistakable.

    “Catherine’s really got the knack for capturing her children at their very best.

    “Her photography skills get better every year, and including the new family pet makes it so special.

    “Seeing these portraits has really brought a smile to my lips, as it will the entire country.

    “This is the future of the Royal Family.”

  • ‘What’s going on with it?’

    Meghan Markle has had her podcast described as ‘passe’ by a royal biographer.

    The Duchess of Sussex is expected to launch her first-ever podcast – Archetypes – produced exclusively for the music-sharing platform Spotify this summer.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Spotify is waiting for the summer for her to do another thing which is about women who are stereotyped.

    “Where does it come from? She’s going to speak to historians and women who feel stereotyped.

    “But hang on, what’s going on with it? Nothing yet so it’s very similar to Netflix.

    “It’s all about her, being a proud woman but actually, it’s sort of passé.”

    She added: “We’ve all moved on, most women are ok, the thing now is gender rather than actually being a woman.”

  • ‘It would have been so meaningful to our audience’

    An executive producer and animation showrunner of Pearl, took to Twitter yesterday after the news emerged the show had been axed.

    Ms Rynda wrote on Twitter: “It’s so sad when companies face hard times, it’s these types of projects that get cut.

    “This series was heartwarming and funny. It would have inspired young girls and spoke to the underrepresented.

    “It would have been so meaningful to our audience.

    “I’m feeling for our team and everyone who helped along the way.

    “It was an honour to lead such a talented team from around the world.

    “You brought an abundance of passion to Pearl and I’m SO proud of what we were able to accomplish and very grateful to have worked with each of you.”

  • Biographer hits out

    The Duke of Sussex has yet to confirm whether he and his wife will be returning to the UK in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    Biographer Angela Levin is questioning whether the Duke is attempting to ‘manipulate’ the Jubilee celebrations after he has failed to confirm his plans.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Harry’s said it was ‘security and everything else’ that’s stopping him.

    “What everything else can it be? I hate people who manipulate like that. Ever manipulating, ever putting themselves at the front, and all about me.

    “What about the Queen, for goodness’ sake? We now know she might not even be able to get onto the balcony.”

  • Big Windsor Lunch hopes to break record for the world’s longest-ever picnic table

    Everyone is invited to bring their table along to the Big Windsor Lunch as organisers hope to break the world record for the longest ever picnic table.

    Nearer the time there will also be the option to reserve spaces on the long table. Once the tables are full, picnic-goers will be encouraged to add their own tables or picnic blankets to the surrounding area.

    Aside from the record attempt, the Big Windsor Lunch aims to allow people from different communities and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the Queen’s jubilee together in a unique and exciting atmosphere.

    People living locally to Windsor are encouraged to bring their own picnic tables or blankets, and to and to watch the national Platinum Pageant together on the big screens.

    Bunting and Union Jack flags are also encouraged for those attending the Big Windsor Lunch, as well as picnic food favourites.

  • When is the Big Windsor Lunch at Windsor Castle?

    The record breaking picnic attempt is taking place in Windsor during the extended Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with festivities’ kicking off at 12.30pm.

    The Big Windsor Lunch is part of National Thank You Day.

    The long table will be running all the way from Cambridge Gate towards the Copper Horse

    Those in attendance will be expected to stick to the Commonwealth theme for the Sunday Celebrations as part of the four-day festivities.

  • William & Harry’s reaction to Diana’s Bashir interview likely to feature in The Crown

    The move to include Diana’s Bashir interview in The Crown suggests bosses will also show actors portraying Prince William and Harry reacting to the sensational interview.

    A source said: “Moving through Diana’s loved ones, family and friends as she gives that fateful interview, will make for incredible television.

    “That interview became a catalyst for everything that followed in Diana’s life.

    “Having the realisation of what she had done play out on all their faces will really bring that to life. It will be jaw-dropping.”

  • Diana’s famous Panorama interview will feature in Netflix’s The Crown

    WHEN Netflix chose an actor to play Martin Bashir in The Crown, insiders told me bosses intended to recreate Princess Diana’s controversial Panorama interview.

    Now a member of the cast has said for the first time how the 1995 BBC chat will play out in series five.

    Marcus Brigstocke revealed he has filmed scenes in a hospital alongside the actor playing Hasnat Khan — the heart surgeon who had a love affair with Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki.

    Prasanna Puwanarajah has the role of journalist Bashir.

    Marcus said: “We’re in hospital and watching the interview that she gave to Martin Bashir.

    “I’m with the surgeon. I didn’t have lines in the scene and I was told by the director, ‘Could you say a bit while we’re watching it to kind of needle the guy?’.

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