Six months after the royal pair announced they’d made a deal with Netflix, Prince Harry and Megan Markle are revealing what their first film project for the streaming service will be: Heart of Invictus, a documentary series about Harry’s beloved Invictus Games.
The Archwell Productions doc will follow a group of international Games athletes as they prepare to compete in their respective events in 2022 in The Hague. Each competitor is a former military service person who has endured a life-altering injury or trauma.
The docuseries will be directed by Orlando von Einsiedel (the filmmaker behind 2016’s White Helmets doc, about Syrian Civil Defence rescue workers).
Episode by episode, the new series will follow Games athletes as they prepare for competition, sharing the individual stories behind how they came to be involved with Invictus. The Duke of Sussex will both executive produce while also appearing in it, sharing his years-long involvement with the organization and what it means to him.
“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,” said Harry in a statement about the debut production.
“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. 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,” he added.
Not only has Harry been heavily involved in the Invictus Games since their inception, he brought Meghan into the fold early in their relationship. The 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto were their first public appearance as a couple.
The Duke and Duchess currently have media deals with both Spotify and Netflix. They launched their premiere podcast with Archwell Audio, at the end of 2020 with an all-star lineup of guests including Stacey Abrams, José Andrés, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, James Corden, Elton John, Naomi Osaka and Tyler Perry.
Like with the Spotify deal, Meghan and Harry are hoping to use Netflix to give a platform to the subjects and stories that matter most to them.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell Productions team are building an ambitious slate that reflects the values and causes they hold dear,” said Netflix’s co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos. “From the moment I met them, it’s been clear that the Invictus Games hold a very special place in their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that their first series for Netflix will showcase that for the world in a way never seen before.”
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