The first trailer for Netflix’s Heart of Invictus, produced by Prince Harry’s Archewell Productions was released on Wednesday, confusing a lot of social media users.
The trailer opened with the footage of Prince Harry on stage at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in The Hague in 2022. He said: “It is here at Invictus Games that you realise – whatever you carry was the springboard that propelled you to the next level. The Games doesn’t focus on what causes the injury but the recovery and how to be part of a community again.”
Although the trailer of the documentary, that is set to release on Netflix on August 30, was well-received by many people on X, formerly known as Twitter, there were those who were a bit confused about how the documentary was still on scheduled to being released as they thought it was being canceled.
Here are a few reactions:
The series is part of the multimillion deal the Duke and Duchess of Sussex struck with the streaming giant in 2020. The future of that deal became uncertain when the former royal couple parted ways with Spotify. A report in the Wall Street Journal said that said the Sussexes have been having “trouble finding material consistent with their brand” and were dealing with “problems beyond their control, including a retrenchment in the entertainment and podcasting businesses.”
However, reassuring about their partnership with the Sussexes, a Netflix spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight Canada, “We value our partnership with Archewell Productions. Harry & Meghan was Netflix’s biggest documentary debut ever, and we’ll continue to work together on a number of projects, including the upcoming documentary series Heart of Invictus.” So Heart of Invictus was always going to be released and never officially canceled by Netflix.
Also said to be in the works is a Great Expectations prequel titled Bad Manners that would focus on Miss Havisham.
The release of the trailer came only weeks before the new edition of the Invictus Games is due to start in Dusseldorf, something that the official account of the games also acknowledged. “For those who want to see the sequel right after: The Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 presented by Boeing will be held in (you guessed it) Düsseldorf, from the 9th of September until the 16th. ALL SPORTS EVENTS will be free, and opening and closing ceremony (including shows from Macklemore and Rita Ora) are very affordable!” the account wrote in the comments section of the trailer.