Plus, the Apple TV+ line-up clearly aligns with the Sussexes progressive values. There is that forthcoming Oprah/Harry mental health documentary. Just debuted, meanwhile, is Little America, “an anthology of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories about the lives of immigrants in the United States”. Forthcoming offerings include The Banker, a movie starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson as black entrepreneurs trying to provide housing loans to African Americans in the prejudiced 1950s, and Hala, about a muslim teenager trying to reconcile teenage life with her family heritage.
Taken together, this slate suggests a significant overlap in outlook between Apple and the Sussexes. Apple is also eager to legitimatise its TV credentials by luring talent with high name recognition. In addition to Oprah it has already inked deals with Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams and with Reese Witherspoon and Friends star Jennifer Anniston. Could there be a more natural home for Meghan and Harry?
Netflix, by contrast, appears less dazzled by star power and more interested in collaborators with a track record. Meghan and Harry may therefore prefer to take a bite out of Apple TV+.The fact that Apple has bottomless coffers and is pouring $6 billion into its streaming service will enhance its appeal to the couple who, as per their exit from the Royal family, now have to pay their own way.