Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their children Archie and Lilipet can stay at Frogmore Cottage when they travel to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee. Netflix chiefs hope to film there
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Netflix chiefs are hoping the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will film at their first family home during their upcoming Jubilee visit.
It is understood that Harry, Meghan and children Archie, three, and Lillibet, 11 months, will be staying at Windsor Frogmore Cottage for festivities next month.
But it is uncertain whether palace aides will attempt to prevent the Netflix cameras from filming the Sussexes there.
A royal expert said a steel ring has been placed around the Queen and her advisers warned Harry and Meghan against using it in a Netflix documentary.
An advisor to the broadcasting company said pressure is growing on the couple for exclusive royal footage. An insider claimed that Sussex, which struck a $100 million deal with the American giant, was “naive” to believe that its software ideas would “simply be signed”.
Netflix has canceled the development of the animated series Pearl, in which Megan co-executive producer, and which saw a drop in subscribers.
Another potential flaw with filming at Frogmore Cottage is that it will need approval from current residents – the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, who have a 15-month-old baby August Philip.
Cousins Harry, 37, and Eugenie, 32, have remained close in position despite the Sussexes stepping down as senior royals in 2020 and moving to California.
Queen Harry and Meghan, 40, as the “non-working” royal Prince Andrew, were banned from the palace balcony for Trooping the Color on June 2.
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A US consultant told Netflix: “The Jubilee is the biggest gathering of UK royals in years and means Harry and Meghan will be around everyone.
“Away from the public display of unity between the brands, the Chiefs want exclusive footage and their dream is to gain insights into this royal world never seen before.
“What happens at Frogmore Cottage is effectively private interactions between the family. Frogmore is a gray area in terms of whether it falls under the full-time jurisdiction of courtiers. If everyone agreed to shoot the scenes there, then this would be an exclusive and unique material that had never been seen before.
“The dynamics of this remain challenging, especially with some courtiers pushing for the Duke and Duchess not to be depicted in any royal residences.”
The consultant said: “We have reached a point within the business where Netflix executives are evaluating content that revolves around members of the royal family and Sussexes.
“If I’m in the network, then I sign it up for its attraction and unique selling point due to its royal reach and insight.
“Sure, they are both creative and Harry has produced some solid documentaries on mental health, but the big deals are for big projects.
“This is why tens of millions of dollars could be allocated, but many in the business are wondering what would happen if Sussex were unable to provide unique, exclusive and interesting content from the biggest event of recent years for members of the royal family.”