The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hired an Oscar-nominated, left-leaning director to work on their Netflix docuseries as part of their $ 100 million streaming deal.
According to PageSix, Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, who are currently living in their $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara having stepped back from royal duty last year, have hired Liz Garbus for the reality show, which they have been working on on for a year.
Garbus, who was also due to work on the Duchess’ series Pearl before it was scrapped by Netflix, is a documentary and filmmaker and also helmed the last season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2021.
Cameras from each crew were spotted during the couple’s trip to New York last September, where they appeared to ‘hide their equipment’ to ‘keep the project under wraps.’
Reports of the couple’s alleged docuseries has undoubtedly sparked major concerns behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace over what complaints they could drop about the royal family in front of the cameras.
The Duke, 37, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, have hired an Oscar-nominated, left-leaning director to work on their Netflix docuseries as part of their $ 100 million streaming deal
She runs a Brooklyn-based production company, Story Syndicate, with her husband Dan Cogan.
The fimmaker was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar in 2016 for ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ and again in 1999 for ‘The Farm: Angola, USA.’
The organization made Amazon’s political documentary ‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ and HBO’s true crime documentary ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,’ both released in 2020.
The fimmaker was also nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar in 2016 for ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ and again in 1999 for ‘The Farm: Angola, USA.’
Meanwhile her Instagram page is openly political, with recent posts urging for women’s abortion rights and comments about ‘brilliant’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
According to PageSix, Garbus, who was also due to work on the Duchess’ series Pearl before it was scrapped by Netflix, is a documentarian and filmmaker
News of the series first emerged in May, when reports emerged the couple had even welcomed cameras into their $ 14 million Montecito mansion to capture content for the candid show.
According to Page Six, the Sussexes have been working with production crews on an ‘at-home with the Duke and Duchess-style’ show for several months now, which the streaming giant allegedly hopes to release at the end of the year in order to coincide with the publication of Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir.
However, sources suggest that the Sussexes are angling for the docuseries to be held over until next year.
‘The timing is still being discussed, things are up in the air,’ a ‘producer in the know’ said.
Cameras from each crew were spotted during the Duke and Duchess’ trip to New York last September
It is unclear whether the Netflix cameras have been allowed to film the couple’s two children, three-year-old Archie and 11-month-old Lilibet.
Exclusive DailyMail.com images taken during Meghan and Harry’s trip to New York and New Jersey in September showed a team of two women and one man bundling camera equipment hidden under coats and bags out of the couple’s high-end residence at 860 United Nations Plaza – and even joining them in an Airstream van on their way to a veterans’ gala.
Another Page Six insider described the plans for the docuseries as Netflix ‘getting its pound of flesh’ from the Sussexes, who have yet to create any real content for the streaming giant – despite signing their lucrative deal with the company in September 2020.
DailyMail.com has reached out to a Netflix spokesperson and Archewell Productions for comment.
Earlier this month, a royal expert claimed Prince Harry and Meghan’s failure to land pictures alongside senior royals dismayed Netflix executive.
The filmmaker runs a Brooklyn-based production company, Story Syndicate, with her husband Dan Cogan (pictured, at work)
Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin told GB News she’d heard the streaming-giant was desperate for the pair to secure images of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with royals like the Queen and Prince William as part of the series they are filming.
Ms Levin’s comments came a day after it emerged Harry and Meghan had also failed to persuade the Queen to pose alongside daughter and name-sake Lilibet.
The 96-year-old is said to have met Harry and Meghan’s daughter during the celebrations. However, they were allegedly told ‘no chance’ of an official photo because it was a ‘private family meeting’. Palace insiders may have worried any photos taken by Harry and Meghan would be shared with TV networks in the US or in Harry’s upcoming memoirs.
Speaking to GB News, Ms Levin, said this image would have been ‘very, very valuable’, adding: ‘They would have used it for Netflix. It would give them a kudos that they had her with her great grandmother, you know. ‘
News of the series first emerged in May, when PageSix reported Prince Harry and Meghan were filming an ‘at-home docuseries’ – and had even welcomed cameras into their $ 14 million Montecito mansion to capture content for the candid show
The news of the hiring comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted on their way to pay a visit to Oprah’s $ 100million Montecito mansion over the weekend, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Exclusive photos show the erstwhile royals, 37 and 40, turning into the 70-acre property late Saturday afternoon accompanied by a woman believed to be the pair’s friend, actress Janina Gavankar.
What looked like a baby car seat was strapped in next to Meghan, but it is unknown if either Lilibet or Archie were in the car to visit Auntie Oprah.
Sources told DailyMail.com the trio spent an hour at the palatial estate and made the five-minute journey from their own Montecito home in a convoy of cars that included a Range Rover carrying security personnel.
Harry was driving the lead car, while Meghan could be seen chatting to both occupants from the backseat.
News of the couple’s visit to Oprah could come as a surprise to Queen if another tell-all interview is in the works – less than 18 months after their sensational chat with the talk show host, 68, made global headlines and sparked a royal racism scandal .