Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Netflix series has been nominated for a Hollywood award.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their $100 million docuseries Harry & Meghan with the streaming giant last December, which became Netflix’s second-highest-rated documentary behind The Tinder Swindler.
Meghan and Harry, directed by Liz Garbus, was the first project to emerge from the multi-year contract the couple signed with the streaming giant in 2020, shortly after they announced they were stepping down as working members of the royal family.
Now the series has been nominated for a Hollywood Critics Award in the Best Streaming Nonfiction category.
Announcing the news on Twitter, the company revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are up against Prehistoric Planet 2, Reluctant Traveler with Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, Renewals, The 1619 Project and Eugene Levy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Bombshell Netflix Series Nominated for Hollywood Awards
Nominees were selected using an anonymous voting process from the HCA’s TV Awards Committee, which consists of 27 members.
The committee was formed from a group of 180 different members of the association and it is unknown which 27 members decided on Sussex’s nomination.
HCA TV Awards Committee and Television Branch members will also vote on the winners from July 18, 2023.
It is currently unknown when the award ceremony will be held.
Meghan and Harry have used their $100 million deal with the streaming giant to launch a swipe at the show, described as a transatlantic ‘TV bomb’ dropped on the Royal Family and The Farm in Britain.
The privacy-conscious couple handed over a trove of photos and videos of their relationship, including the moment Harry proposed in 2017 and filming himself in the VIP lounge at Heathrow when he left the country in March 2020.
The first three episodes featured a series of barbs believed to have upset his father, King Charles III, including Harry’s claim that he was ‘literally raised’ by a ‘second family’ in Africa where he chose to spend three months. His late teens and twenties are when he comes to terms with his mother’s death.
Harry described a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the royal family – referring to Princess Michael of Kent wearing an offensive Blackamoor-style brooch in front of his wife at Buckingham Palace.
There is also a suggestion that the UK is more racist and obsessed with race than the US, with Meghan declaring that she was ‘not really treated like a black woman’ until she came to Britain.
And in a jab at his choice of wives by his male relatives, which was seen as an attack on his father and other senior members of the royal family, possibly his brother William, Harry insisted that his decision to marry Meghan separated him from his family because it was ‘his’. from the heart’ and not because he ‘fits the mould’.
Meghan & Harry, directed by Liz Garbus, was the first project to emerge from the multi-year contract the couple signed with the streaming giant in 2020, shortly after they announced they were stepping down as working members of the royal family.
He said his family’s view of him had been ‘clouded’ by his wife being an American actress – and they believed it would not last.
The news comes after sources claim the couple are in talks ahead of a new Netflix documentary which will show them meeting the South African community.
The Sunday Mirror reported that the series, which will feature Prince Harry and Meghan helping build homes in the villages they visit, is thought to take a ‘humanitarian’ focus as Meghan raises awareness of safe childbirth practices.
A source told the paper: ‘The cameras will follow [The Sussexes] As they visit compounds and share medical education.
They added that the production will be a joint project from Netflix and the couple’s Archwell Foundation.
The source revealed: ‘Meghan is particularly keen to share information about safe birth with the women she meets.’
Harry and Meghan’s reported project in South Africa will be their third with Netflix, following their bombshell six-part docuseries in December 2022 and their ‘Live to Lead’ series airing on New Year’s Eve in 2022.
It will follow the couple’s ‘return to South Africa’, according to the source, following their royal visit to the country in 2019.
During the tour, the couple met members of the community in townships around Cape Town as they toured with Prince Archie, and were pictured dancing and laughing with the locals.
Meanwhile earlier this week, Meghan could be seen cuddling up to her daughter Lilybet as they took part in a July 4 parade in a video shared by a hotel owned by a friend in Sussex.
Prince Harry was pictured with his two-year-old daughter at the event in Montecito last week.
While a clip shared by local hotel Rosewood Miramar Beach promoted their 4th of July celebration days later, Meghan was seen with her husband and daughter as they waved to passers-by.
The luxury 5* hotel is owned by businessman Rick Caruso, who previously revealed how he first met the couple in May 2020 to discuss ‘charity work’ as well as their future plans.
According to The Times, Meghan and Harry have since dined at the exclusive hotel, while the Duchess’ ex-husband Trevor also tied the knot at the premises last year.
The clip, shared by the hotel, which has 93K followers on Instagram, showed a car driving down the road in the parade, while people inside waved to parade goers.
After a clip showing Meghan, Harry and Lilibet, the video moves to a demonstration of the BBQ on offer at the hotel to celebrate.
Other clips show beach bars, as well as a giant sign reading USA covered in balloons.
The video, which is less than a minute long, was shared with the caption: ‘A little Miramar magic for the 4th of July!’
Vanity Fair reported in 2020 that Meghan and Harry were ‘collaborating’ with the hotel owner.
The couple reportedly held a meeting with the businessman, with Caruso telling Vanity Fair: ‘I was very impressed by both of them. They are surprisingly down-to-earth. We talked about their charity work and my company’s work.
“We shared a lot of things we wanted to do to make people’s lives better. We are very lucky to have them.’