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Elton John’s husband David Furnish, who will be executive producer of Meghan Markle’s new Netflix animated series Pearl, praised the royal for being an ‘incredible’ leader.
In July, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, hinted that the new series would be based – at least in part – on her own childhood, naming both the series and its main character Pearl, the original meaning of her name.
The mother-of-two has announced details of her new project for the streaming giant, revealing that she will both “create and produce” the series, which centers on a “12-year-old heroine who is inspired by influential women in history ”.
“She’s a fantastic collaborator, an incredible leader,” filmmaker David Furnish, 58, told HELLO! Inspiration Award. “And we’re just very, very excited to be working with, you know, someone as influential and supportive as Netflix. ”
David Furnish, who will be the executive producer of Meghan Markle’s new Netflix animated series Pearl, praised the royal for being an “incredible” leader. In the photo, the Duchess of Sussex visiting a school in Harlem on September 24, 2021 in New York City
Prince Harry greets Canadian producer David Furnish (2nd from left) as British singer-songwriter Elton John (C) talks with Meghan Markle as they arrive to attend the European premiere of The Lion King in London July 14, 2019
It comes after suggestions that Meghan is also taking on another major role in the creation of the series – serving as inspiration for her main character.
Few other details have been released about the series – including the influential female figures who will feature, but the choice of the name of her young “heroine” offers a good glimpse of the type of character that will be portrayed on screen.
The name Meghan originates from Wales, where it is traditionally written Megan, but it originally comes from the Greek name Margaret, derived from the word margaritēs, which translates to “pearl” – the nickname given to the principal lady. of the Duchess of Sussex. animated series.
Meghan is the “Irish American pseudo-spelling” of the Welsh name, according to BabyNames.com, which explains: “Meghan’s name is primarily a female name of Welsh origin meaning Pearl. ”
This isn’t the first time Meghan has chosen to draw inspiration from her own life for her professional endeavors – something she has done more recently with her first children’s book The Bench, which has come under heavy criticism. by readers on both sides of the Atlantic. .
The tome was inspired by a poem the Duchess wrote for Prince Harry on Father’s Day, and featured several illustrations that appear to depict herself, her husband, and their firstborn Archie.
David’s husband, famous musician Elton, 74, was a good friend of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, and maintained a close relationship with the Duke after his death in 1997. Pictured is Sir Elton John and David Furnish Premiere of the film “The Lion King”, London July 14, 2019
In addition to serving as the base for the lead character in her new Netflix project, Meghan will also serve as a ‘creator and executive producer’ – marking the first time the former actress and Suits star will work as an EP.
The series will “weave together fantasy and history” while focusing “on the adventures of a 12 year old girl” as she attempts to “overcome life’s daily challenges”.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Meghan said in a statement – which called her by her royal title, The Duchess of Sussex, despite several asking her and Harry to abandon them after their repeated public criticism of the royal family.
She continued, “I am delighted that Archewell Productions, in partnership with the powerful platform Netflix, and these amazing producers, brings you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. “
Meghan did not name any of the women who will be spotlighted in the series – but added that she and David were ‘keen to spotlight this special series’, concluding:’ Glad we can announce it today .’
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The 39-year-old will be the creator and executive producer of the series, which is named after 12-year-old ‘heroine’ Pearl – the meaning of the name Meghan