Harry and Meghan’s Heart of Invictus Netflix doc to air in hours – as expert reveals why series will struggle | The Sun08/29/2023
HARRY and Meghan's Heart of Invictus Netflix documentary is set to hit screens in hours.
The Duke of Sussex's latest project – Heart of Invictus will be available to watch on the streaming platform from tomorrow.
It explores the life of injured and ill military veterans who take part in the Paralympic-style Invictus Games.
But, experts have claimed the new series may struggle – similar to several other business moves the Sussexes have tried.
Royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliams, told Newsweek: "This is likely to be a constructive and interesting documentary.
"It is, however, difficult to see it attracting a large audience."
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He explained the embarrassing cancellation of Meghan's Spotify podcast and failed Netflix documentary Live to Lead will spark problems for the pair.
"They need good ratings, but this will also have a special cachet as it is so personal to Harry," Mr Fitzwilliams added.
While their bombshell docuseries Harry & Meghan saw ratings soar – it also landed them in hot water as many viewers turned their backs on the former royal couple for good.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: "Their biggest challenge is to find a crowd-pleaser that does not involve criticising the Royal Family."
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And, another royal expert, Angela Levin, told GB News: "They're going to use them as publicity for themselves. I mean, they have loved Harry, they've been very good, I've been on one with him.
"And I've spoke to the people who started it and they felt very strongly he was absolutely right (to launch the games).
"But now he's turned it into making him more important than he is now. Because they're taking all the spotlight away from them (the athletes.)"
The Invictus Games was launched by Harry in 2014 and the next contest is set to be held next month in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The show's official synopsis as stated on Archewell Productions website reads: "Heart of Invictus is a multi-episode production that will spotlight a group of extraordinary Invictus Games competitors from around the globe—members of the military community who have experienced life-changing injuries or illnesses—on their road to Invictus Games The Hague 2020, which is now taking place in 2022, due to necessary rescheduling from the COVID-19 pandemic."
In the trailer for the show,there's a clip from Harry's speech from the opening ceremony of the contest in the Netherlands last year.
He said: "If your goal was to make your country proud, you've done it.
"If your goal was to make your family happy, you've achieved it.
"You are people of substance, of resilience, of strength – you have the heart of Invictus."
Meghan is not expected to feature in the documentary
PR expert, Mayah Riaz, told the Mirror that this project will show Harry "at his best" and is expected to be "heart warming and emotional".
"It’s something close to his heart with his time in the military," she added.
However the expert also branded the move a good business opportunity to show Netflix he has more to him than bashing the Royal Family.
"He wants to show that he is able to take part in a variety of documentaries for all audiences," she said.
This comes after the Sussexes have already seen several business ventures tank recently.
Meghan's Archetypes podcast was dumped by Spotify, leaving the former actress' £18million deal hanging in the balance.
Royal experts claimed at the time the axe was down to the public being "fed up" with the pair.
Angela Levin said the breakdown was a tell tale sign the couple's empire was "crumbling".
The mum-of-two was even branded "lazy" amid the end of her controversial podcast.
There were rumours sparked that she didn't interview her own guests after one thanked a producer for being an "excellent interviewer" instead of Meghan herself.
And only last year, the 42-year-old had her upcoming animated series Pearl chucked out by Netflix.
She had been working on it with Elton John's producer husband David Furnish – but the show was canned as part of cutbacks amid a collapse in Netflix subscribers.
Experts have previously accused the Sussexes of doing anything they can to stay relevant.
Insiders even claimed the only reason for Harry's brief visit at his father's coronation in May, was to keep up appearances with the Royal Family.
And The Sun Online previously revealed Meghan has now successfully been handed a trademark for the relaunch of her lifestyle website The Tig.
The mum-of-two could potentially make millions from the relaunch by advertising clothes, holidays and interior design pieces.
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