Those of us unlucky enough to have suffered through the six interminable hours of the Netflix Harry and Meghan series might now be regarding further updates from the less-than-dynamic duo with the same excitement that a dental patient looks forward to a round of root canal. But because the Sussexes have signed a multi-year deal with the streaming service in 2020, Netflix remains determined to get its money’s worth, and has decided what Harry and Meghan’s next venture with them should be: romantic comedies.
A source at the company has informed the Daily Telegraph that ‘There will be more of a heavy focus on fictional, scripted content. It will be rom coms, feel-good and light-hearted programmes.’ Given that Harry and Meghan was about as feel-good as a barium enema, this is a distinct change of pace, and potentially a welcome one, although Meghan herself is not expected to resume her previous thespian career: instead, the Sussexes’ artistic contributions will be limited to executive producer credits, the usual sinecure given to big-name contributors whose actual involvement in a project is limited to signing a few cheques and morale-boosting set visits.
Needless to say, both Harry and Meghan have described themselves as keen admirers of the romantic comedy genre in the past; she is a particular aficionado of When Harry Met Sally and ‘the Julia Roberts films’. As for Harry, he’s outed himself a binge watcher of Friends, although the question remains as to whether he’s closer to Ross (neurotic, involved in unfortunate entanglements with the opposite sex) or Joey (good-natured, thespian ambitions, intellectually limited). Given the Duke’s more eyebrow-raising revelations of his sexual activities in Spare, it is tempting to imagine him being played by a hapless Hugh Grant-esque figure, constantly getting into embarrassing social scrapes with (hopefully) hilarious consequences.
It is uncertain whether the deal that Netflix has struck with Harry and Meghan is going to extend to a recreation of their meet-cute, marriage and subsequent flight to California.