Archewell Productions recently announced that Meghan has created an animated series, Pearl, which features a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by multiple influential women from history.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is getting into the animation business, as she is the creator of the new animated family series, Pearl. The news was confirmed on Markle and Prince Harry’s production company, Archewell Production’s website on Wednesday, 14 July 2021.
Pearl is the first animated series by Archewell Productions and the streaming platform, Netflix. During 2020, the couple signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce films, documentaries, scripted television shows, and children’s series.
Megan Casey, Director of Original Animation at Netflix, described Pearl as an exciting tale that weaves history and fantasy together. The series focuses on a young girl who learns to step into her own power when she embarks on a heroic adventure, where she meets important women from history along the way. Casey added, “We are excited to develop this animated series with our partners at Archewell Productions and Story Syndicate.”
On the Archewell Productions website, Meghan stated, “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.” Adding, “I am thrilled that Archewell Productions partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will bring fans this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women.”
Netflix and Archewell Productions are also busy developing Heart of Invictus, a documentary series focusing on a group of international competitors, who are all service members who experienced life-changing injuries or Illnesses, on the road to the Invictus Games.
Markle will executive produce Pearl along with David Furnish, who worked as a producer on Rocketman and Sherlock Gnomes. Furnish is the husband of the British singer, Elton John. John is allegedly a close friend of Meghan and Harry, and reportedly performed at their wedding reception in 2018. The animated series follows the publication of Meghan’s first book, which was released in June 2021. The Bench is a children’s story about fatherhood that she said was inspired by Harry’s relationship with their first child, Archie.
The official release date of Pearl has yet to be announced.