Netflix Drops Meghan Markle’s Animated Series ‘Pearl’ Amid Cutbacks

Netflix dropped Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s flagship animated series amid a wave of cutbacks, following a drop in subscribers.

The streaming service giant canceled “Pearl,” the working title of a series about a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration through influential women in history, despite a multi-year deal with Meghan and Prince Harry’s Archewell Productions platform.

Netflix said the move was part of recent “strategic decisions” after the company reported that it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first three months of 2022.

Deadline was first to report the cancellation.

Responding to the cancellation, producer Amanda Rynda described the series as “heartwarming and funny” and “would have inspired young girls and spoke to the underrepresented.”

“It’s so sad when companies face hard times. It’s these types of projects that get cut,” Rynda said on Twitter.

The series was due to be executive produced by Meghan and David Furnish, a filmmaker and husband to Sir Elton John.

Netflix said that it continues to consider Archewell Productions a valued partner and that they are continuing to work together on Harry’s documentary series, “Heart of Invictus,” which is about the games for wounded military veterans.

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