The show will follow veterans who are competing in the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games as they train for Invictus Games The Hague, which will take place in 2022. Harry founded the games, which are a Paralympic-style multisport event for wounded service people, in 2014.
“This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year,” Prince Harry said in a release shared with HuffPost.
“As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service,” he added.
The duke will also appear on camera for the series, which is expected to air next spring, an Archewell Productions representative confirmed to HuffPost.
Both Harry and the Invictus Games Foundation are listed as executive producers for the series, which is helmed by director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. The statement provided by Netflix says that the show “will provide significant funding to the organization.”
“As part of the agreement, The Duke and Archewell Productions are redirecting compensation they would otherwise receive for this project to The Invictus Games Foundation,” the Archewell Productions representative told HuffPost.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they signed a massive multiyear deal with Netflix in September 2020, just months after revealing their intention to step back as working members of the royal family in January.
The couple said that they wanted to create “content that informs but also gives hope” at the time, something reflected in the recent Netflix news, which said that “Heart of Invictus” would “reveal powerful stories of resilience and hope.”
Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, said Tuesday that Harry, Meghan and their Archewell Productions team are “building an ambitious slate that reflects the values and causes they hold dear.”
“From the moment I met them, it’s been clear that the Invictus Games hold a very special place in their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that their first series for Netflix will showcase that for the world in a way never seen before,” Sarandos said.