Netflix cancels Meghan Markle’s ‘Pearl’ citing cost cutbacks

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Recently there have been several reports about Netflix facing a stock drop and losing subscribers. Amid these reports, Netflix has been on a series and movies cancellation spree in a bid to cut down the costs.

The latest cancellation is of an animated series, titled ‘Pearl’ which was created by Meghan Markle through her Archewell Productions. Netflix has cancelled this series in an attempt to cut costs.

This feature was going to be the first animated series produced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s production banner.

As per Deadline, Netflix quietly dropped ‘Pearl’ an animated series that Markle was creating as part of the deal she and Prince Harry set up with Netflix in 2020, wherein they agreed to create, docu-series, scripted series, children’s programmes and features.

‘Pearl’ which Markle was also executive producing with David Furnish was announced with a lot of fanfare in 2021 and it was then described as family series revolving around adventures of a 12-year-old girl who seeks out inspiration from a number of influential women from history.

While announcing the series, the Duchess of Sussex had said, “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges. 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. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”

As per the report, Netflix has also cancelled two other animated series, which were under production, ‘Dino Daycare’ and ‘Boons and Curses’. Netflix, however quickly confirmed that they will continue to work with Archewell Productions for other projects including the docu series, titled ‘Heart of Invictus’. The series focuses on athletes who compete in the Invictus Games, which is for injured veterans. It is an event that was founded by Prince Harry in 2022 in The Hague.

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