Last September, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled their new roles as Hollywood producers by signing a landmark multi-year deal with Netflix. Now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally announced their first show with the streaming giant: Heart of Invictus.
Produced by the royal couple’s Archewell Productions, the docu-series will follow around athletes as they train for the 2022 Invictus Games, an international sporting event that Prince Harry launched in 2014 for injured service members and veterans.
Bringing the show to life is the Oscar-winning duo of documentarians Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara, the brains behind the Academy-nominated documentary Virunga (2014) and The White Helmets, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary – Short Subject in 2016.
Supposed to take place in 2020 but got postponed due to the pandemic, the Invictus Games is set to kick off next year at the Hague in the Netherlands.
“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. 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,” the Duke of Sussex said in a statement.
Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, said that the Sussexes and Archewell Productions “are building an ambitious slate that reflects the values and causes they hold dear,” the first of which is Heart of Invictus. With their extended deal with the streaming giant, the royal couple is set to release a host of content – documentaries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming – with those values at their core.
“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,” Sarandos said.