DM: But how will the WGA & SAG strikes affect Prince Harry & Meghan?!

Weeks ago, Prince Harry and Meghan were being attacked nonstop about their canceled Spotify contract. The British media decided to attack the Sussexes’ Netflix contract too and act as if Netflix was going to cancel H&M’s five-year production deal. I said at the time that I wondered how many of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix projects were actually in limbo because of the writers’ strike. Well, now there’s a SAG-AFTRA strike, and of course the Daily Mail is going to make the strikes sound like they’ll solely affect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. My wacky British friends, trust that absolutely no American union member – and Meghan is union – is working right now.

Production of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future Netflix projects has become ‘tough’ due to the Hollywood writers’ strike, a source close to the couple has said. The couple are said to be in talks to front a third Netflix documentary about humanitarian issues in South Africa which will see them meeting local communities. But a source close to the Sussexes told The Daily Telegraph that it was ‘tough’ to move forward with any Netflix projects because of the ongoing US writers’ strike.

Hilary Duff, Bob Odenkirk and Kevin Bacon are among the stars who have joined fellow actors on the picket lines amid the largest industry strike for 60 years. Strike action took place yesterday outside major studios in Los Angeles, including Netflix, Warner Bros, Disney and Paramount, but two were cut short due to the heat.

Now, the ongoing strike is also impacting plans for Harry and Meghan’s next Netflix documentary which is set to see them visit South Africa – with the action meaning they cannot yet move forward with production.

No official announcement has been made on what the new programme will be about, but the Sunday Mirror reported last month that the couple could be shown helping to build houses in villages they visit. A source told the newspaper that cameras will follow the Sussexes ‘as they visit compounds and share medical education’, with production set to be a combined project from Netflix and the couple’s Archewell Foundation.

The source added: ‘Meghan is particularly keen to share information about giving birth safely with the women she meets.’

However a report in Page Six claimed that it could be a solo production for Harry, following in the footsteps of his mother Princess Diana who also went to Africa to raise awareness of landmines.

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah, it’s much more complicated than this. While Meghan is/was a SAG member, I actually think it would probably be within SAG guidelines for her to film a docu-series in South Africa. But I doubt she would, just because it is such a tricky labor issue and we don’t know the status of her union membership. She would probably want to be seen as standing in solidarity with her union as well. It’s also tricky for the Sussexes because their contract is with the company which did the most to break the system by which writers and actors get paid. Netflix is ground zero for this bullsh-t about residuals and streaming numbers. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the British media handles “reporting on the Sussexes’ business” during dual strikes disrupting the entire industry.

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28 Responses to “DM: But how will the WGA & SAG strikes affect Prince Harry & Meghan?!”

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    No, Netflix is a struck company. If Meghan is showing solidarity with her (former?) union, she will not be proceeding until a deal for both SAG and the WGA is in place. Harry would have fewer issues since he is not a member of either union and as long as he doesn’t use writers to create the structure for and narration for his projects (how would that be possible?), he wouldn’t be breaking rules if he proceeded. But it would suck.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I cannot imagine Harry producing or contemplating any activities that would be in defiance of the strike. Sure Harry could but he won’t. H&M stand for issues that they are all striking for.

      Though, I do absolutely love the idea that they would focus on Africa in the future, though now wouldn’t be an ideal time.

    • Snuffles says:

      I’m listening to some YouTube’s about what is or is not allowed. There is a lot more nuance to it. For example, if you’re already working on a project for a struck company that doesn’t involve writers or actors, you can continue working on it. You just can’t start a new project.

      Whatever they decide to do, I have no doubt Meghan and Harry would clear it with SAG and the WGA first. Since doing a documentary is a gray area, I don’t think the answer is clear.

    • 2tall4u2 says:

      She’s still a member of SAG-AFTRA and receives residuals from Suits in addition to her pension/health benefits. She’ll follow the strike guidelines that the union emailed to all members detailing what you can and cannot work on.

      Why people think she gave up her hard earned union membership is beyong the pale.

  2. Snuffles says:

    Well, I’m sure Heart of Invictus is already in the can and ready to air. And it’s entirely possible that other projects could be ready to go as well. Meghan wouldn’t be able to promote them though.

    As for a documentary, I don’t think anyone in SAG or the WGA would take issue if they continued working on them. It’s not violating anything.

    I’m sure there are other projects on hold though.

  3. Jais says:

    My understanding is that docuseries fall under a different part of the contract? However, since the docuseries is for Netflix, I’m not sure how this works. I’m not sure how this works for a docuseries in production but for example would Harry be able to do interviews for Heart of Invictus? I think yes he technically can bc it’s a docuseries but again not sure he would?

    • MsIam says:

      Harry is not in SAG so he can do interviews.

      • teecee says:

        He can, but he shouldn’t. If for no other reason than it would put a target on his back for high-profile writer/actor strikers who have stayed out of the H&M discourse. My guess that in the entertainment industry, they are viewed positively to neutrally. Working for a struck company would put them firmly in the negative for people who will frequently be on chat shows and interviewed in publications in future.

        They don’t need the money — and even if they did — they should honor the picket. Which they will, because Meghan at least has her head on straight.

      • Concern Fae says:

        But if he does an interview that is considered working for a struck company, he would be barred from ever joining the union. And the AFTRA part of SAG/AFTRA covers a lot of the jobs Harry and Megan could conceivably be doing, including broadcast journalism.

  4. Ceej says:

    So something like this happened I guess…

    DM: ugh so many papers are getting loads of views for clicks on this strike thing. But our readers don’t care.

    Someone: well it is in America.

    DM: *eyes widening* and it involves Netflix! Quick get the MM & PH shovel and let’s shoehorn them in there for some ad revenue!

  5. MSTJ says:

    I’ll hold on the speculation and wait for the facts which I will not expect from any British tabloid or Murdoch tabloid outlets in the US. Anything about the Sussexes coming from that lot will likely be thin on facts and heavy on propaganda spin. I’ll wait and see what the Sussexes put out. Not gonna let the tabloid propagandists rock my boat or steel my joy.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    This piece only confirms that the British press know absolutely nothing about what’s going on with Harry and Meghan. It also shows that the desperation of the British press for anything to report on Harry and Meghan. I suspect that Meghan is still a SAG member after all she gets residuals from shows she has worked on.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Amy Bee, Meghan would not consider committing any form of betrayal against the current strikers.

      As for the Daily Fail, we know that these sources are themselves as Meghan would NEVER use the Keen in her lifetime, so the gig is up for the DF. Failing again, I see!!

  7. Eurydice says:

    Blah, blah, Harry and Meghan, blah, blah, Netflix, blah, blah

  8. B says:

    Meghan was a part of the union for a reason. She understands how important the protections it gives working actors are from personal experience. Additionally from advocating for paid family leave to investing in mental health Harry and Meghan walk the walk when it comes to the type of employers they want to be. They will honor the strike and not do new work or promote anything BUT all work that was completed pre strike can be utilized and is fair game. But I get the feeling they will honor the spirit of the strike and do nothing. They held Spotify to account for their vaccine misinformation by refusing to release Archetypes until Spotify got a handle on Rogan. No reason for Netflix to be different.

    I truly admire the Sussexes. Its easy to tell others to sacrifice when you are financially secure or tax payer funded and safe from consequences. They have a new start up, a new home, young children and enormous security costs but have stood by their values in the face of unending harassment and economic uncertainty.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ B, that they have. And nothing, and no one, will be able to destabilize nor destroy their happy marriage with their beautiful children no matter how hard they try!!

      The Britshidmedia would certainly save themselves so much time and headaches in trying to create drama where there is none. I would also think that there are much more pressing matters in Britain for them to report on than H&M as well.

      • MSTJ says:

        I’m gonna focus on the Dan Wootton story for the rest of this month. I’m expecting there will be numerous British tabloid distractions to take our focus away from Dan. Sussex propaganda will be up a notch or two or three. Not gonna be hung up on what they put out on the Sussexes to bait (clickbait) and distract especially on social media.

  9. Ah dear, another story that what is happening is only affecting Harry and Megan. FFS when will the DM and all the other UK media trolls stop insulting other people and projects and just concentrate on trolling Harry and Megan. This is about everyone who works in anything to do with film making and documentary making, people’s lives and livelihoods are being ignored just so this dross can he written. How I hope the staff who man the Printing presses go on strike and and DECENT reporters come out in support. Maybe then Harry and Megan can get 5 minutes peace from the negativity. Stay strong Harry and Megs, your glow is blinding them and binding them to their own stupidity

  10. tamsin says:

    Are residuals paid when TV series are re-run on streaming services? I’m thinking of all the popular series being shown on Netflix, Prime, etc.

    • Debbie says:

      I should think they would be paid, after all, it’s for past work that’s already been performed and aired. Also, it would be vindictive of a company to refuse to pay workers for past work simply because they were on strike. They would have to answer to the Department of Labor if they did that.

  11. Pat Gaddess says:

    After the huge success of Spare, I wonder if Harry has some other writing projects in the pipeline. He has a lot of interests a number of which could be turned into a book. I don’t think it would be the block buster like Spare, but he now has access to editors, etc. who would love to work with him and any book he writes would likely be a best seller.

  12. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I wonder if the source they are using is a British ex-pat reporter? Since he lives in that neck of the woods, I would assume so. They don’t know what’s going on.

    If they really wanted clicks, they need to focus on Dan Whooton. That’s the real story.

  13. Katya says:

    I doubt Meghan was going to ACT in the documentary. SAG/AFTRA is about acting. WGA is about writing. I don’t really see it impacting this type of project … if it is even a real thing as opposed to a thing the British media dreamt up.