Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are producing Heart of Invictus, their first docu-series for Netflix on the Invictus Games, under the banner Archewell productions in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, the production house announced on Tuesday.
The Duke of Sussex will appear on camera and serve as executive producer of the series, which is produced by Oscar-winning documentarians Orlando Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara.
According to Netflix, the series will follow a group of extraordinary athletes from around the globe, service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses on their road to the Invictus Games in The Hague 2020.
The multi-episode series will follow the athletes as they train for the tournament and share their stories of resilience and hope. That apart, the series will also show how the organisers prepare for the Games, postponed until spring 2022, and partner with each nation’s team to support their competitors over the coming year.
Eight months after formally steeping back as senior working members of the British Royal family in 2020, Prince Harry and Markle signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
According to The New York Times report, the couple 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.”
Prince Harry has been a champion of the Invictus Games since its inception so it’s fitting that Archewell’s first Netflix series will spotlight and celebrate the competition’s amazing athletes.
Heart of Invictus will follow the competitors as they prepare for 2022’s games. pic.twitter.com/yM7t2qdBsw
— Netflix (@netflix) April 6, 2021
Inspired by the Warrior Games in the USA, Prince Harry founded Invictus Games in 2014. The international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans aims to help them psychologically and physically post-injury.
We are delighted to announce our new partnership with @netflix bringing the #InvictusGames to you in a brand new documentary series, coming soon.https://t.co/8BPVQEWmQ7 pic.twitter.com/K7jEfw02dw
— Invictus Games Foundation 💛🖤+💙 (@WeAreInvictus) April 6, 2021
Prince Harry, co-Founder of Archewell Productions and patron of The Invictus Games Foundation, said that their first series with Netflix will be a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands in 2022.
“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve,” he said.
Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said that this partnership will also pool in significant funding to the charity.