The Netflix deal signed by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could prove crucial during the review of the so-called Megxit deal, according to a royal expert.
Their decision to stand down as senior members of the Royal Family reportedly left the Queen extremely upset.
Now their decision to work with the US streaming giant will put their departure under the microscope even more, reports the Mirror.
In March, key members of the royal household will gather to review the terms of the agreement which was struck back in January.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will assess the situation more than a year after the couple’s shock announcement.
Their deal with Netflix is thought to be worth £112 million.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that he expects the contract will make things even more difficult for the couple.
He said: “Harry and Meghan will be keen on launching their non-profit foundation Archewell as soon as the pandemic permits.
“They are now financially independent, as they intended to be and will be involved in planning their deal with Netflix.
“There will be enquiries as to the work they plan to do, especially given the intentionally malign portrait that Netflix’s The Crown has painted of the Royal Family in the fourth season.”
He added: “The earlier episodes were very different.
“This could be a problematic area though Harry and Meghan have no links with The Crown, which began in 2016.”
Speaking about the review, a palace source said earlier this year: “The Royal Family and Sussexes have agreed to an initial 12-month review to ensure the arrangement works for all parties.”
According to other insiders, the couple didn’t consult their relatives before making the life-changing decision.
That, it is claimed, caused a lot of anger behind Palace walls.
Harry’s grandmother the Queen has released two official statements on the controversial issue, saying that while she is disappointed by their decision she understands their desire for a more private life.
After Meghan and Harry’s initial announcement, which they posted on Instagram rather than through official channels, the Queen released a short but firm statement.
It read: “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”