British Royal Family

Meghan Markle’s new Netflix series was just announced and it’s not what we expected, but it makes total sense

Was the series inspired by daughter Lili?

By Maddison Leach
Meghan Markle is about to add new creative and producing credits to her name, having just announced her new Netflix series.
But don't get your hopes up – this doesn't mean she's returning to acting, and it's understood she won't star in the show.
Created under Meghan and Prince Harry's Archewell Productions banner, Pearl (working title) will be an animated series geared towards young children.
Meghan Markle's new series with Netflix has just been announced. Getty
Created with a strong message for young girls, the show is reportedly centred around how important women in history can inspire girls today.
Royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted out the news, writing: "Big news from Archewell Productions today, who have announced a new @netflix animated series following the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who has been inspired by influential women from history.
"Pearl (working title) is executive produced by Duchess Meghan and David Furnish."
Scobie went on to say that Furnish, who was a producer on the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet, is "deeply passionate" about the new project with Meghan.
He quoted the producer as saying: "Meghan. . . and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages."
David Furnish's other producing credits include the likes of Rocketman, It's a Boy Girl Thing and Billy Elliot The Musical Live.
As for Meghan, she shared in a statement that Pearl's story is all about self-discovery and overcoming life's 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 through history," she said.
"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."
It seems fitting that Meghan would opt to create a children's series, especially one aimed at girls, given she just gave birth to her second child, a daughter.
She and Harry share Archie, two, and newborn Lilibet 'Lili', and have been vocal about their passion for family life.
Harry and Meghan recently welcomed a daughter, and their Oprah interview is up for an Emmy. Getty
Fans have even speculated that the series may have been inspired by Lili, or Meghan's desire to create an empowering show for her daughter to grow up watching.
News of the series comes just hours after it was revealed that Meghan and Prince Harry's tell-all Oprah interview had been nominated for an Emmy.
The two-hour TV special that aired in March 2020 was nominated in the 'Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category' of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
There was a mixed response to the nomination, with some saying the interview was a landmark moment and deserved accolades, while others weren't convinced.