Prince Harry’s first solo Netflix docuseries, “Heart of Invictus,” has flopped, with viewership numbers reportedly well below expectations.
The series, which follows Harry as he hosts the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, has only been watched by an average of 2.9 million households since its release in May. This is significantly lower than the 7.6 million households who watched the first season of Meghan Markle’s animated series, “Pearl,” which was also produced by Harry and Meghan’s production company, Archewell Productions.
Despite the low viewership numbers, an expert in the entertainment industry told The Mirror that Harry is still “proud” of the series.
“Harry is proud of the series and what it stands for,” the expert said. “He knows that it’s not going to be a huge commercial success, but he’s happy that he was able to use his platform to shine a light on the Invictus Games and the incredible people who participate in them.”
The expert also said that the low viewership numbers are not necessarily a reflection of the quality of the series.
“It’s a bit of a niche show,” the expert said. “It’s not going to appeal to everyone, but it’s definitely a worthwhile watch for anyone who is interested in the Invictus Games or Harry’s work.”
It remains to be seen how the low viewership numbers will affect Harry’s relationship with Netflix. The streaming giant has reportedly invested heavily in Archewell Productions, and it is unclear whether they will be willing to continue funding projects that do not meet their expectations.
However, Harry has said that he is committed to working with Netflix to create “meaningful” content.
“We’re committed to working with Netflix and other streaming platforms to create content that informs but also entertains,” Harry said in a statement. “We believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have to connect with people and create positive change.”
Only time will tell whether Harry and Meghan will be able to deliver on their promise to create “meaningful” content for Netflix. However, the low viewership numbers for “Heart of Invictus” suggest that they may face some challenges in the future.