Meghan Markle Speaks Out on the Cancellation of Her Netflix Series ‘Pearl’

It's been a few months since we learned Meghan Markle's planned children's series for Netflix, titled Pearl, was canceled amidst cutbacks by the streaming service. Now, the Duchess of Sussex has finally spoken out about the show's termination.

During her candid new cover story with The Cut, the conversation turned to Markle and Prince Harry's multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix, and specifically, Pearl. In reference to the show's cancellation, the duchess said, “There’s not much you can do when a company and a division changes their slate.” And she added, “There’s also not much you can do when, even if they think the project is great, the media will report it as though it was only my project.”

Meghan Markle smiles while on stage at Global Citizen Live.
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Pearl was planned to be an animated children's show that centered on a character based off Markle (and the name “Meghan” actually means “pearl”).

When Markle first announced the show, she 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.”

However, as Netflix experienced a major drop in subscribers this past spring, this was one of the many projects that got cut, as reported by Deadline.

But as Markle noted, this isn't the only project she had in the works. Recently, the duchess launched a new podcast titled Archetypes, where she sits down with famous women and talks about the issues that they've faced and how they've succeeded in their fields (and her first guest, Serena Williams, was no small name either).

And while talking with The Cut, Markle hinted that there may be a documentary-style project in the works that involves her and Prince Harry. “What’s so funny is I’m not trying to be cagey,” she told writer Allison P. Davis. “I don’t read any press. So I don’t know what’s confirmed. I will tell you Liz Garbus is incredible. Liz Garbus also worked on Pearl.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile as they arrive at the United Nations.
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While we were sad to see Pearl get nixed, we can't wait to see what Markle has in store next.

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