Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s landmark production deal with Netflix was announced only last fall, but they’re already sharing the fruits of their labor with the announcement of their first docuseries with the streamer.
In partnership with the Duke of Sussexes’ Invictus Games Foundation, Heart of Invictus will follow a group of competitors—all service members or veterans—from around the world as they prepare for next year’s Invictus Games tournament in the Netherlands.
Over several episodes, viewers will join the competitors as they train and, per a statement shared with BAZAAR.com, “reveal powerful stories of resilience and hope.” Along the way, the series will also follow organizers from the sporting event as they prepare for the spring 2022 tournament in The Hague, which has been postponed twice since its original May 2020 date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The project is being helmed by British director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. The Oscar-winning duo have won a number of awards for their work, including Best Documentary Short Subject for the 2016 Netflix original, The White Helmets, which follows three Syrian volunteer rescue workers as they risk their lives to save those affected by the war. Their work on documentaries Virunga and Evelyn have also won them critical acclaim.
Harry, who founded the Invictus Games in 2014, will serve as an executive producer on the project as well as appearing on camera. “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,” he said in a statement shared with BAZAAR. “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.”
From Harper’s Bazaar US