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NY Post
New York Post
2 Sep 2023


NextImg:Prince Harry’s Netflix flop: ‘Heart of Invictus’ fails to make Top 10 list

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke records with the release of their eponymous docuseries on Netflix late last year — but the Duke hasn’t been able to recreate the same magic with his follow-up streaming series, “Heart of Invictus.”

The five-part series has failed to make Netflix’s Top 10 chart in both the US and the UK since its release last Wednesday, according to Newsweek, who branded the show a “flop.”

“Heart of Invictus” follows six athletes competing in the Invictus Games — the sporting event founded by Harry back in 2014 for wounded servicemen and women.

The Prince served as an executive producer for the series, while his company, Archewell, is listed as the production house behind the show.

Harry and Markle have signed a lucrative deal with Netflix estimated to be worth a whopping $100 million, so it’s possible that the streaming giant is unhappy with the lackluster debut of “Heart of Invictus.” The company could be hoping for more bang for their buck from the royals.

The Post has reached out to both Netflix and Archewell Productions for comment.

The five-part series has failed to make Netflix’s Top 10 chart in both the US and the UK since its release last Wednesday, according to Newsweek, who branded the show a “flop.” A screengrab from the show is pictured.
Markle is pictured in a scene from "Heart of Invictus."
Markle is pictured in a scene from “Heart of Invictus.”

It comes amid increasing trouble for the Harry and Markle, whose $20 million deal with Spotify imploded back in June.

Meanwhile, the couple’s animated series of “Pearl,” which was slated to stream on Netflix, was canceled by the streamer before its release.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal earlier this summer, at least two other show ideas pitched by the Prince and his wife were also rejected by bosses at Netflix.

The company doesn’t plan to renew the couple’s lucrative deal, which runs through 2025, insiders told The Journal.

It comes amid increasing trouble for the Harry and Markle, whose $20 million deal with Spotify imploded back in June.

It comes amid increasing trouble for the Harry and Markle, whose $20 million deal with Spotify imploded back in June.
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The couple’s first project for Netflix was the bombshell blockbuster “Harry & Meghan” which recapped their romance and detailed their departure from the UK amid scrutiny from the media.

The docuseries shot into Top 10 lists around the world following its release in December last year and received the highest UK viewing ratings for any Netflix show in 2022, according to Deadline.

However, Harry and Markle have struggled to replicate such success with other projects.

Their second series, “Live To Lead,” which featured interviews with Greta Thunberg and Gloria Steinem, was described as a “failure” by Newsweek after it failed to enter Top 10 lists on Netflix.