Meghan Markle working on new Netflix animated series about courageous young girl

Meghan Markle is working on an upcoming animated series for Netflix that follows the story of an adventurous 12-year-old girl.

Archewell Productions, Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s production company, revealed in a statement on Wednesday that it is currently working on the series.

Pearl (working title) is a family series that centres on a young girl who has been ‘inspired by influential women from history.’

Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,’ Meghan, Duchess of Sussex said in a statement.

‘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 throughout history.

‘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.”

The Duchess will serve as executive producer alongside David, Carolyn Soper, Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan and Amanda Rynda.

David—who was a producer on Rocket Man and Gnomeo & Juliet—said: ‘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.’

This is the second series to be produced from the Sussexes’ Netflix deal, as the first was the docu-series Heart of Invictus a docu-series. Prince Harry will serve as an executive producer on, as well as making some appearances throughout.

Last September it was revealed that Harry and Meghan had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce exclusive documentaries, films and children’s programmes. 

‘Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection,’ Meghan and Harry said in a statement at the time.

‘Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.’

The couple is also said to have signed a deal for a number of years, for an unconfirmed sum, after holding talks with various other global entertainment companies. 

Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings appeared told CNBC’s Squawk Box at the time that he thinks Meghan and Harry would create ‘some of the most exciting, most viewed content next year.’

A release date for Pearl is yet to be announced.

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