Netflix has commissioned a new docuseries about the Invictus Games from Archewell Productions, the company set up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Created in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, the project, titled Heart Of Invictus, is being directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara, the Oscar-winning creative team behind The White Helmets, and represents the first project to be produced under the Sussexes multi-million overall deal with the streamer.
Prince Harry will appear on camera in the production and will also serve as executive producer on the series, as will The Invictus Games Foundation.
The series will follow a group of competitors from around the world, all of whom are service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses, on their road to the Invictus Games The Hague, now set to take place in 2022. Cameras will follow the competitors, sharing their stories as they train, as well as the organisers as they prepare for the event.
“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, said Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, co-founder of Archewell Productions and patron of The Invictus Games Foundation. “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.
“As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service.”
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell Productions team are building an ambitious slate that reflects the values and causes they hold dear,” said Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and CCO of Netflix. “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.”
The British royals signed their multi-year deal with Netflix after launching the then-unnamed Archewell Productions in September last year. The agreements includes documentaries, docuseries, scripted shows, children’s programming and feature films.
Prince Harry also recently gave his support to nascent nature streamer WaterBear, while the couple, who have stepped back from their royal duties in recent months, have been firmly in the public eye since an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month made headlines around the world.