Meghan Markle gets some bad news on her Netflix project

Los Gatos, California - Netflix’s cost-cutting measures have hit Meghan Markle hard.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have an overall deal with Netflix through their production company.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have an overall deal with Netflix through their production company.  © IMAGO / PPE

The Duchess of Sussex’s animated series Pearl, which was announced in July, has been slashed at the streamer before it even made it out of the development phase, Deadline reported Sunday.

The series would have followed the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in a variety of influential women throughout history.

"Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges," Meghan said in a statement when the show was announced.

"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," she wrote at the time.

Netflix recently also slashed two other animated series – Dino Daycare and Boons and Curses – and laid off the newly hired staff of writers and editors of its fan-focused website, Tudum.

Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, still have an overall deal with Netflix through their production company, Archewell Productions, including Heart of Invictus, a docuseries about the Invictus Games and its athletes.

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