The Sussex insider shared, "They had a huge party planned at their home, which they canceled just three days out."
The source claimed that gazebos had been erected in the garden of their luxurious home but were taken down after Meghan allegedly threw a fit after reading press headlines.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were allegedly planning a grand Independence Day bash on their estate on July 4, but backed out when media attention analyzing their axed Spotify deal turned toward Netflix. The pair is currently in their third year of a five-year partnership with the streaming giant, which is said to be worth $100 million. To date, less than a handful of documentaries have been produced by the ex-working royals.
The overall deal, which was signed in 2020, called for nonfiction programs, films, children's programming, and other creative ventures. The scrapping of Meghan's animated series, Pearl, called into question her ability to create compelling content from original ideas for the platform. The duo's 2022 docuseries, Harry & Meghan, turned out to be a hit thanks to the spilling of royal secrets, but it is still not enough to satisfy a payout this big with another two years left in the deal. The Montecito twosome also failed to receive a much-hyped Emmy nomination for the series.
It is reported that the former Suits actress "instructed the planners to call it off," seemingly out of nowhere. This led some observers to attribute the cause to a huge blowout between the Duchess and Harry over what they read about themselves. Attention turned to the Netflix partnership, as it was a valid concern based on the sheer impact of Spotify severing its ties with the renegade royals.
An executive with the audio streaming giant soon called the perceived Sussex failures "f------ grifters," and a cavalcade of critical press attention soon followed.
The insider went on to say that Harry and Meghan "had no choice but to cancel" the Fourth of July extravaganza, since their thoughts were apparently consumed with how to save their contract with Netflix.
The Duke of Sussex's Heart of Invictus documentary is set to premiere on the streamer in either August or September. No other projects to satisfy the deal have been announced.
GBN reported on Harry and Meghan's party.