Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to be working on a new project for Netflix, a show based on the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.
The show, titled Bad Manners, is a prequel based on the character Miss Havisham, who will be portrayed as an independent woman living in a patriarchy, rather than the reclusive spinster she is generally known for being.
It is not yet known whether the streaming giant has commissioned the series itself.
Another one of the couple’s projects, Heart of Invictus, is set to be released this summer, after it was announced as one of Harry and Meghan’s first collaborations with Netflix back in 2021.
The docuseries will follow competitors in Harry’s Invictus Games, a sports tournament for injured or ill Armed Forces members, as they train for the Games in The Hague.
It had been expected to take place in 2020 but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Netflix tweeted ahead of the documentary’s release: “This new series from Archewell Productions follows a group of extraordinary competitors from around the globe – all service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses – on their road to competing at the Invictus Games.”
Last December’s docuseries Harry & Meghan, which saw the Sussexes lift the lid on their relationship and their time as working royals, is one of the platform’s most successful programmes to date.
One of the couple’s other TV projects, an animated series called Pearl which was tipped to feature stories of powerful women from history, has been cancelled.
It was announced last week that the deal between the Sussexes and Spotify had been axed after just one series of Meghan’s podcast Archetypes, with Harry failing to produce any content.
It has also recently been revealed that Harry and Meghan’s Netflix ideas were ‘branded sub par’ by ‘underwhelmed’ bosses. According to the Wall Street Journal, many of the shows pitched by Harry and Meghan were too similar to some of the streaming service’s other big hitters, such as Emily in Paris and Heartstopper. The title branded them “big ideas, sub-par execution”.
In a joint statement with Spotify, the couple’s company Archewell said: “Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together.”
According to Bloomberg when it came to Harry pitching his ideas he “mostly stuck by his own” after discussions with “multiple producers and production houses”.
One idea of Harry’s was to talk about his experiences of fatherhood and raising Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet in California with Meghan.
However his plan to talk to public figures such as Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump about their childhoods and upbringing did not set so well with producers.