Prince Harry will visit the UK ‘with a camera crew in tow’ later this year to film his new Netflix documentary about the Invictus Games, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, announced earlier this year he is making a series for the streaming service which will follow competitors around the world training for the Games at The Hague called Heart of Invictus.
And sources have now revealed Prince Harry is due to return to the UK for the documentary in November to visit an army base before meeting the Queen, 95, telling the Express: ‘Our understanding is that the Duke of Sussex will be accompanied by a small film crew in order to allow the public to see the hard work involved in planning these games.’
Speaking of the filming with Christine Lampard on today’s Lorraine, royal expert Russell Myers said: ‘Imagine him popping up outside Buckingham Palace with a camera crew? Will we see Harry back with a camera crew in tow outside the palace? You never know. Nothing is off limits with Harry.’
Prince Harry could arrive at Buckingham Palace ‘with a camera crew in tow’ for his new Netflix documentary about the Invictus Games, a royal expert has claimed
It has been reported Prince Harry would fly from California to the UK to film the upcoming documentary.
Sources said he would take a film crew employed by Archewell Productions to visit participants at Stanford Hall, the Army’s rehabilitation centre for wounded soldiers.
He will then pay a visit to his grandmother, the Queen, before flying back to his home in California.
Appearing on Lorraine today, Russell said: ‘He’s obviously signed a big money deal with Netflix.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, announced earlier this year he is making a series for the streaming service which will follow competitors around the world training for the Games at The Hague called Heart of Invictus
‘One of these documentary ideas that he came up with was having a camera crew create a documentary about the Invictus Games, the fantastic sports event which he created in 2013 which have gone on to be a huge success.’
‘It’s a fantastic initiative for injured servicemen and women of getting out with the power of sports and a global phenomenon.
‘So, will we see Harry back with a camera crew in tow outside the palace? You never know. Nothing is off limits with Harry.’
The documentary Heart of Invictus is part of a £100m deal struck with streaming giant Netflix last year.
Speaking on today’s Lorraine, expert Russell Myers joked ‘nothing was off limits’ when it came to Prince Harry
It will be directed by a British documentary Orlando von Einsiedel, whose team won an Academy Award for their short film The White Helmets and a BAFTA for Virunga, another documentary, set in the Congo’s Virunga national park.
A source said: ‘The Duke of Sussex will want to make sure we are ready as the last games were cancelled because of Covid.
‘We are hoping that the situation in April next year allows the games to go ahead as planned, in Holland. ‘
The Duke who will appear on camera and be an executive producer, has been living in Montecito, California, with his wife Meghan since last summer after they both quit as senior royals.
Netflix said the couple would be producing ‘content that informs but also gives hope,’ from documentaries and scripted series, to features and children’s programming.
While it was reported Prince Harry could pay his grandmother the Queen a visit in between filming for the documentary, it is not known whether he’ll do the same for his brother William, pictured with him and Prince Charles in 2014
Talking about the new show today, Harry said: ‘Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve.
‘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.
‘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.’
Heart of Invictus, will be directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara, who previously worked on Oscar-winning short The White Helmets together.
Harry will appear in the show and will serve as executive producer on the series.
Sources said the Duke will pay a visit to the Queen in November before flying back to his home in California (pictured with the Duchess in 2018)
Harry previously explained the Netflix and Spotify deals in the Oprah interview by saying: ‘My family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us.’
Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: ‘We’re very excited about the opportunity to shine the global spotlight of Netflix on the men and women that we work with, in order to ensure that even more people can be inspired by their determination and fortitude in working towards their recovery.
‘This partnership will also bring in significant funding to the charity. We are extremely grateful to our Founding Patron for his continued efforts to support the military community, and for making this partnership happen.’
The Invictus Games is a bi-annual sporting event created by Prince Harry for injured military personnel.
Founded in 2014, the sporting event sees wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans compete in nine sports.
These include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.
Prince Harry is patron of the games, named after Invictus, Latin for ‘undefeated’.
Unfortunately the 2020 event, which was postponed due to Covid, has been delayed yet again.