Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired Oscar-nominated, left-leaning director Liz Garbus to helm their Netflix docu-series, Page Six can reveal.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have teamed up with Garbus for the show, which — as we exclusively reported — they have been working on for more than a year as part of their multi-million dollar deal with the streamer.
Garbus was seen in the background with the couple last September during their trip to NYC with a small camera crew who hid their equipment in an apparent bid to keep the top-secret project under wraps.
The Sussexes’ three-day New York excursion included a stay at a luxury apartment at United Nations Plaza owned by power player lawyer Barry Bloom.
The cameras followed them to a red carpet gala honoring veterans aboard the USS Intrepid in Manhattan, and at a lunch at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
Garbus was seen with colleagues smuggling camera equipment under coats and bags out of the UN digs while setting up and filming the Sussexes. Her film crew was also spotted with the couple in an Airstream van on their way to the veterans’ gala. Garbus is openly political, her Instagram account urges for abortion rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and calls Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams a “brilliant” leader.
The royal family is generally expected to be apolitical, but since Harry and Meghan split from the royals and moved to the US, they seem keen to align themselves with progressive issues, especially in fighting climate change. During the 2020 presidential election, Meghan also worked with noted feminist Gloria Steinem to cold-call voters, encouraging them to head to the polls.
Garbus has built her career as a documentarian and filmmaker tackling true crime, voter suppression and the justice system, and also helmed the last season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2021.
Story Syndicate, the Brooklyn-based production company Garbus runs with her husband Dan Cogan, was responsible for Amazon’s “All In: The Fight for Democracy” and HBO’s “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” both released in 2020.
Garbus also directed the film “Lost Girls,” which became an early pandemic hit on Netflix, “Cousteau” for Nat Geo/Disney+, and documentaries on Pete Buttigieg for Amazon and Anthony Fauci for Nat Geo. She was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar in 2016 for “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and again in 1999 for “The Farm: Angola, USA.”
A rep for the Sussexes was unavailable for comment.
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