The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left behind their royal duties but now it seems like they are looking for new horizons. This time, the one and only Meghan Markle is the one who has announced some big news concerning what her next project is about.
Meghan Markle, who recently released a children's book dedicated to her husband Prince Harry, has now announced that she will create and executive produce Pearl, an animated series for Netflix, described as a “family series that centers on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history.”
Markle will executive produce “Pearl” with David Furnish ('Rocketman,' 'Gnomeo & Juliet'), Carolyn Soper ('Sherlock Gnomes,' 'Tangled'), Liz Garbus ('I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,' 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'), and Dan Cogan ('Icarus,' 'The Apollo'). Amanda Rynda ('DC Super Hero Girls,' 'The Loud House') has been tapped as showrunner and executive producer.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” said Markle, Archewell Productions’ co-founder. “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.” Many fans are more than excited by this, but many have expressed that there is a hidden message in the protagonist's name. According to The Bump, "Meghan is a girl's name meaning 'pearl'". The relation could be a total coincidence but honestly, we highly doubt it.
“An exciting tale that weaves together fantasy and history, Pearl focuses on a young girl who learns to step into her own power when she embarks on a heroic adventure and meets important women from history along the way,” added Megan Casey, Netflix’s Director of Original Animation. “We’re excited to develop this animated series with our partners at Archewell Productions and Story Syndicate.”
David Furnish also added: “I am delighted that we are finally able to announce this exciting animated series. Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages. The team collaborating on the series are first class, and Netflix is the perfect partner.”
Pearl will be the first animated series from Archewell Productions. but this is not the first project they do with Netflix. Back in April, Archewell Productions and Netflix teamed up for the docuseries 'Heart of Invictus' produced in partnership with the Invictus Game Foundation highlighting all the emotions from competitors participating in the titular event’s The Hague 2020.