A U.K. paper reported the couple wanted to give the public a "glimpse into their lives"

By Simon Perry
September 28, 2020 10:01 AM
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have denied that they are about to enter the world of reality TV.

It was reported early Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were planning a fly-on-wall show under their new Netflix deal. However, a spokesman for the couple denies the claims in U.K. paper The Sun, which said that the couple wanted to give people a "glimpse into their lives" while highlighting some of the causes most important to them.

"The Duke and Duchess are not taking part in any reality shows," the spokesman tells PEOPLE in a statement.

Some joked that the title for the show could be Meet the Markles or The Only Way Is Sussex, a take on the U.K. reality series The Only Way is Essex.

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Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, moved to California with 1-year-old son Archie in March after stepping down from their senior royal roles. They recently bought a home in Santa Barbara, about 95 miles north of L.A. Now, the couple are starting their behind-the-scenes careers in the TV industry after signing a multi-year deal with Netflix.

The couple will be producing films and series for the streaming giant including scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, features and children's shows. They will use those programs to focus on the issues that are important to them and reflect the causes that their nonprofit Archewell will nurture and champion.

One confirmed planned project with the streaming giant is "an innovative nature docu-series," while the other is "an animated series that celebrates inspiring women."

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They said in a statement when the deal was announced: "Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection. Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope."

They added, "As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens. We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."

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Last week, Harry and Meghan spoke out during the Time 100 broadcast to encourage people to vote and engage in the election. Harry noted that he won't be able to vote in the upcoming election and added "many of you may not know that I haven't been able to vote in the U.K. my entire life."

"As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity," he said.

British royals usually stay out of party politics in order to preserve the neutrality of the monarchy as head of state, and Buckingham Palace said they wouldn't comment on Harry's statement to the Time 100 show. "The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity."