Meghan Markle and Prince Harry warned royals have ‘bad track record’ with TV

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been warned that a previous member of the Royal Family who tried to go into TV production had a disastrous experience.

The Sussexes have recently announced a multi-million deal with Netflix and will make documentaries and other shows for the TV streaming giant.

Discussing the news on ITV's Royal Rota, commentators noted it was not the first time a royal dabbled in the arts.

Chris Ship, the Royal Editor, said it was a decent way for them to earn some money independently and "wished them luck".

He added: "But obviously, the Royal Family do not have a great track record when it comes to being TV producers."

Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest child, was the brains behind It's a Royal Knockout – a one-off charity show in 1987 that featured members of the royal Royal team-up with celebrities to compete in game show-style tasks

The celebrity line-up included names like Gary Lineker, Tom Jones, and actress and Bond girl Jane Seymour and raised more than £1 million for charity at the time.

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Chris said: "We're talking here of a kind of 1980s game show where people dressed up in medieval costume and they started having fights and knockabouts."

Showing a clip of Fergie, Duchess of York, in a blue cape and hat, he added: "Nobody is quite sure how this got the green light from Buckingham Palace."

It's not yet clear what sort of content Meghan and Harry will be making, but they issued a statement saying they want to make the world a better place through their work.

Meghan and Harry said in a statement: "Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.

"As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us."

They added that Netflix's "unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action".

Omid Scobie, the biographer of Meghan and Harry who recently co-authored Finding Freedom, claims that the Royal Family were "holding back" the couple from reaching their potential.

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