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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be in hot water as experts claim "not even royal fame" can save them after Netflix dropped the Duchess' planned series.
The streaming giant recently announced plans to axe Meghan's animated series "Pearl" amid hefty drops in subscribers.
Meghan was set to executive produce the series, which would follow the journey of a 12-year-old girl, however it was announced over the weekend that the animation would no longer go ahead as Netlfix's market value plummeted by 35 per cent.
Writing in the Spectator, journalist Ross Clark argued the couple had learned "two lessons in quick succession" as a result of the deal falling through.
First, he wrote: "Membership of the Royal Family opens the door to media deals less well-connected celebrities could only dream about."
He continued: "Secondly, they have learned that even royal fame will not, ultimately, help one of the biggest media organisations in the world sell a product that the public finds unappealing.
"It must gradually be dawning on them that the world is only really interested when they are spilling the beans on the Royal Family.
"Take that away and they become a rather dull pair spewing out woke platitudes."
Speaking to the Mirror, royal author Robert Jobson previously claimed the cancellation of Meghan's series proved "their name and royal associations alone doesn't guarantee backing in the ruthless world of showbiz," asking: "Will Netflix demand more royal title-tattle from the price and his wife?"
Jobson suggested the couple "may now face increasing pressure" to produce the "royal related goods" to appeal to drama-hungry subscribers, and floated the idea that they could make an appearance at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next month.
"Are they prepared to sell out even more? Only time will tell," he said.
"But after much-publicised chats with Oprah and others, surely, they have exhausted their bombshell royal revelations by now."
Professor Cele Otnes, a royal branding expert, said the couple have been struggling to carve out a brand now that they are clear of the royal bubble and that the Netflix fiasco "does beg the question, what does the Sussex brand mean anyway as a breakaway brand from he British Royal Family brand?"
She told The Express: "I think [royal expert] Tina Brown’s take on this in her new book is right on point — asserting that Meghan and Harry have WAY overestimated their appeal as a brand, once they severed their ties with the mother ship, so to speak."
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