#UNSUSSEXFUL is trending on Twitter, referring to what Meghan and Harry have reportedly labeled a bout of “bad luck.” A few weeks ago a source claimed that the pair were feeling helpless after their three-year-long quest to reinvent themselves had failed, blaming “the pandemic, financial crisis and family deaths.”
Now, Cockburn is hearing that they could have found another scapegoat. According to reports, the ongoing strike in Hollywood could affect Meghan and Harry’s Netflix deal. The pair, who signed a rumored $100 million arrangement with the streaming platform in 2020, are reportedly finding it “tough” to move forward with their projects due to the simultaneous writer and actor strikes that have halted production across Hollywood. Writers have been on strike for more than two months — and now tens of thousands of actors could join them on the picket lines if the union, which represents 160,000 actors, don’t reach a deal.
As of now, Meghan and Harry’s only output for Netflix has been a six-part documentary series that came out last December. The series, titled Harry & Meghan, was a limited series detailing “their courtship to their exit from royal life” and their “complex journey in their own words.” In terms of numbers it was a success and broke several viewership records for the platform — but the series did little for their popularity, with critics branding it “an exhausting endurance test, six hours of your life you won’t get back” and awarding it a score of just two and a half stars on Rotten Tomatoes.
After producing just one series for $100 million, it makes sense that the pair will be scrambling for excuses on why their output is so little. Harry’s own long-awaited series, Heart of Invictus is due to hit TV screens next month. But the number of other projects for Netflix are proving “tough,” as a source close to the couple told the Telegraph.
Cockburn can’t help but wonder if the best thing for Netflix to do would be to cut their losses with the lazy pair, as Spotify did last month.
The strikes are due in part to the studios’ desire to use artificial intelligence to replace extras, actors and screenwriters with robots, in an effort to reduce costs. Cockburn can see the logic when it comes to Meghan and Harry — how hard would it be for an algorithm to predict their next excuse?!