Meghan Markle's Netflix deal slammed: 'Morality and ethics fly out of window when dollar signs get involved'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a deal with the streaming giant but have yet to produce any content


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been slammed for continuing to work with streaming giant Netflix, despite their continued negative programming towards the royals.

A new two-part Netflix programme, Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, delves into archive footage covering a 50-year period to consider how one of the biggest stars in television got away with his crimes as a prolific sex offender.

It also explores Savile’s relationship with the Prince Charles, in particular the letters they exchanged over many years during which the presenter often provided advice on public and family matters.

This follows multiple series of their original series The Crown, a drama chronicling the life of the Queen containing a number of controversial scenes.

Novelist and critic Celia Walden slammed the couple on Dan Wootton Tonight for ignoring in ethics in favour of money.

She told GB News: "I think where morality and ethics are concerned both of these things tend to fly out the window when there's dollar signs."

As well as their lucrative Netflix contract, Meghan Markle also signed a bumper deal with Spotify, which saw her try and trademark the word archetype, despite it existing in the English language for 476 years.

Ms Walden continued: "All of this is hot air. This Spotify deal was done in 2020 but at some stage they're going to have to deliver the goods what have we actually seen?

"What content have they produced? She really needs to step away from the whinging because it's not going to serve her well."

Dan Wootton and Celia Walden
Dan Wootton and Celia Walden

The Duchess of Sussex has unveiled her first Spotify series – a podcast about female stereotypes, in which she vows to investigate “labels that try to hold women back”.

Archetypes will launch this summer, hosted by Meghan who will speak to historians, experts and woman who have experienced being typecast.

In a trailer for the Archewell Audio project released on Thursday, male voices are heard saying derogatory remarks about women including “she’s a slut” and “a little emotionally unstable”.

Meghan follows the excerpts, saying: “This is how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us… but where do these stereotypes come from?

“And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?”

A male voice is heard saying “weaker, smaller, they are less intelligent” with a female voice saying: “People think I should be quiet and submissive”.

The teaser included a clip of Australian radio presenter Matt Tilley asking actress Amy Schumer in 2015: “Do you have the word skanky in America?” with Schumer replying: “We do have that word”.

The interview became notorious after Schumer shut Tilley down, branding his question about her character in the Trainwreck movie rude.

The trailer also featured US Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron telling champion gymnast Simone Biles in 2017: “I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments, you didn’t.”

Biles won support at the time across social media for responding with: “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals”.

The duchess, previewing the type of guests who will feature, adds: “I’m Meghan and this is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

“I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives.

“And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.”

The announcement of Archewell Audio’s debut podcast series with Spotify comes after Meghan and the Duke of Sussex raised concerns about Covid-19 misinformation on the platform.

Meghan and Harry signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth around 25 million US dollars (£18 million), in late 2020.

But they had only released one show so far – a holiday special featuring their son Archie and celebrity guests.