Netflix orders Meghan Markle kids animation series, marking second Archewell show

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Netflix has commissioned a new animated children’s series from Archewell Productions, the company set up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Pearl (working title) has been created and executive produced by Markle and will follow the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history.

David Furnish (Gnomeo & Juliet), Carolyn Soper (Tangled), Liz Garbus (I’ll Be Gone In The Dark) and Dan Cogan (Icarus) will also executive produce, as will Amanda Rynda (The Louse House), who will serve as showrunner.

Pearl marks the first animated series from Archewell Productions, which signed a multi-year deal with Netflix after the British royals launched the then-unnamed prodco in September last year.

The first project under that deal is Heart Of Invictus, a docuseries about the Invictus Games, created in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation.

“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.

“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.”

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