Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘focusing on production at the moment’ because there isn’t a market for ‘after-dinner talking right now’, a royal source has claimed.
The couple, who have recently moved into a new $14.65million mansion in Santa Barbara, California, with their son Archie, one, have reportedly pitched TV projects to numerous networks.
‘They have to earn a living and clearly there isn’t a market for after-dinner talking right now,’ the source said. ‘So the public speaking is on hold for the moment and they are exploring other avenues.
‘The focus is on production at the moment and I can see them making a series rather than Meghan starring in front of the camera.’
They added that the priority for the couple is on projects and campaigns that mean something to them and are ‘in line with their views’, such as civil rights, women’s empowerment and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Royal author Katie said the pair are now figuring out how to make money from some of their projects, following the lack of public speaking engagements due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes following reports that Meghan and Harry are working on a new TV show that takes a ‘political stance’ on feminism and racial inequality.
The programme, which will focus on ‘normal people’, has been pitched to a number of TV executives, according to The Mirror.
An insider told the paper that the aim of the show will be to empower women and tackle the issue of racial inequality.
They added that although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will both appear in the show, the project will not be about them.
Both Harry and Meghan will work as joint producers for the project – which they initially pitched back in June, according to the publication.
Meetings are thought to have already been held with TV bosses such as NBC Universal’s chairman of content studios, Bonnie Hammer, who Meghan has known since her time on the show Suits.
Back in April, Meghan provided voice overs for the Disney+ documentary Elephants, and Harry followed in her footsteps by appearing in a new Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games called Rising Phoenix, which aired on 26th August.
Now the royal couple reportedly hope to produce their own ‘worthy’ documentaries through their own film and television production company.
Shortly after the pair announced their intention to step back from royal duties, a senior Netflix executive said the streaming giant would be eager to work with them.
‘Who wouldn’t be interested? Yes, sure,’ said Chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January.