Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first project with Netflix will focus on one of the Duke of Sussex’s most passionate causes.
The Invictus Games, the Paralympics-style competition for wounded service personnel and veterans founded by Harry in 2014, announced Tuesday that the couple’s Archewell Productions are creating a docuseries for Netflix on the event. Heart of Invictus, the project’s working title, will follow athletes as they prepare for the Invictus Games in The Hague, the Netherlands, now set to take place in 2022.
“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve,” Prince Harry said in a statement. “This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year.”
He added, “As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service.”
Oscar-winning British director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara are set to lead the project. In addition to executive producing Heart of Invictus, Prince Harry will also appear on camera in the docuseries.
“The multi-episode series will join the competitors as they train, and along the way reveal powerful stories of resilience and hope. The series will also follow the organizers as they work to prepare for the Games, postponed until next Spring, and as they partner with each nation’s team to support their competitors over the coming year,” according to the project’s press release.
Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, signed a multiyear deal with Netflix last year. Their production company is set to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming exclusively for the streaming giant.
“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. “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.”
Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box in September and predicted that Meghan and Harry would create “some of the most exciting, most viewed content next year.”