Netflix cancels Meghan Markle’s animated series ‘Pearl’

“Pearl,” the animated series Meghan Markle wrote and was set to executive produce will not air after all amid cuts at Netflix.

It was supposed to be the duchess’ first project under Archewell Productions with David Furnish, Elton John’s husband, set to direct. She wrote the story about the titular character on “a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.” Along the way, Pearl meets inspirational women figures all throughout history.

According to Deadline, Netflix quietly cancelled “Pearl” as it re-calibrates following a staggering drop in its number of subscribers. Meghan Markle announced the project in August 2021 as a family series.

The show was still in its development stage and had not even gone into production yet. Despite the cancellation, Netflix is still working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on several of their other projects from Archewell Productions.