“Harry and Meghan” Docuseries Shows the Royal Couple’s Art Taste

"Harry and Meghan" Docuseries on Netflix Shows the Royal Couple’s an Affordable Taste in Art, Including an $80 Framed Print.

Dec 27, 2022By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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An art print hanging in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home office. Photo: Screenshot from Harry & Meghan.

 

“Harry and Meghan” are an American documentary series streaming on Netflix. The main characters in the docuseries are the Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. In September 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a private commercial deal with Netflix. Docuseries give the opportunity to know their lives, as well as their art.

 

“Harry and Megan” Docuseries and Their “Prudent” Taste in Art

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Still from the Harry & Meghan trailer. Photo: Netflix.

 

“Harry and Meghan” series started streaming in December. It received mixed reviews from critics. From the contract with Netflix, the royal couple earned $100 million. This includes a five-year agreement with Netflix. Although they earned a large amount of money through filming the series, the royal couple appears to be “prudent”, when it comes to home furnishings and art.

The series shows how the royal couple decorated their home office in Montecito. The office serves as the nonprofit Archewell Foundation’s headquarters. It also has inexpensive prints of art. In the middle is a reproduction of Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller‘s Portrait of Louise Mayer (1836). The portrait focuses on a gum-blowing bubble, which was new.

 

Also, adding bubblegum on ancient artworks created a legitimate industry on creative marketplaces such as Etsy. Other websites sell bubblegum-ified copies of various portraits as well. Those websites are Outlet Trends and AliExpress. For example, you can find Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) and Francois-Hubert Drouais’s Portrait of an Elegant Lady (ca. 18th-century).

 

Also, there is Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine (ca. 1489–91) and Sir Thomas Lawrence’s Lady Maria Conyngham (ca. 1824–25). “Harry and Meghan” series shows the art in the couples’ office. The office consists of a framed photograph of a bear grasping the state of California.

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“I Love You, California!” – State Anthem and the Royal Couples’ Art

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Meghan Markle alongside coffee table book, 20th Century Photography, and a Hermès throw blanket. Photo: Screen shot from Harry & Meghan.

 

The framed print with a bear picture that appears on the sheet music for the state anthem of California. The states’ anthem is the song called “I Love You, California”, first published in 1913. The Golden State represents the place of Meghan Markke’s birth. So, that could be one of the reasons for choosing the design.

 

In 2020, the artwork also appeared behind Markle during a video call. On websites like Etsy, Zazzle, and Redbubble, this item is available in different variations. The allegations are the “Harry and Meghan” docuseries filming took place on a 13,599 square foot Montecito estate. It is also said it is not owned by the Prince and Markle and is now on the market for $33.5 million.

 

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Vintage I Love You California

 

It appears that the series includes shots of their real Montecito estate. This is because of the amount of exterior pictures that correspond to the house’s listing pictures. A $25 book by Taschen titled 20th Century Photography is another moderately priced item featured in the series.

 

A throw blanket from Hermès frames the book in the photograph. Despite the luxury house no longer producing them, comparable models can be purchased on the secondary market for up to $1,500.



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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.