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Today marks the start of the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service members, both serving and veterans. Originally scheduled two years ago, the event will take place from April 16-22 in The Hague, Netherlands, after plans for 2020 and revised games from 2021 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Harry and Meghan were seen in Europe together as a couple for the first time since 2020, when they chose to give up their royal titles and break away from life as senior members of The Firm.

Before their appearance in the Netherlands, Harry and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The games remain among Harry’s most beloved roles and were first staged in 2014, attracting large audiences.

As a former military member, Harry founded the games to give other veterans and serving personnel the opportunity to participate in sports activities in which they specialized.

But some criticized Harry’s decision in 2021 to sign a deal with Netflix to film the games, for a documentary to be released after events conclude in 2022.

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Netflix deal was once torn apart by the “Irritating!” (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the start of the Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the start of the Invictus Games (Image: GETTY)

The Netflix deal is said to be worth around £109m ($142m) and the documentary is set to be called Heart of Invictus.

Among the critics was Loose Women’s Jane Moore, who claimed the pair only made the deal because of “who they are” and not “what they’ve proven they can do”.

Last year, Ms Moore said it had ‘irritated’ her that Harry and Meghan had been singled out for huge funding, as opposed to ‘young talent’.

When asked if they deserved the deal, she replied, “No. End of discussion.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with other Invictus Games organizers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with other Invictus Games organizers (Image: GETTY)

She continued: “It annoys me enormously.

“I’m a writer myself. I know there are so many writers and producers, there are so many young talents trying to get their name out there, who would love to step into Netflix’s door – let alone receive This agreement.

“They got this deal because of who they are, not because of what they’ve proven they can do.”

Ms Moore, who has also worked on shows such as Crimewatch and published five books, admitted her problems with the deal would have been let go had they spent time building up a portfolio of work to showcase their talents.

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Meghan and Harry on one of the last royal functions

Meghan and Harry on one of the last royal functions (Image: GETTY)

Instead, however, Ms Moore added: ‘I’m all for it if ten years later they’ve created a lot of programs and quietly showed up and got the deal then [that would be different].

“But I think just skydiving is not good for the creative industry as a whole, Ryan Murphy has a deal, Shonda Rhimes, they’re very good writers, producers and creators.”

In a statement at the time of the deal, Meghan and Harry said: “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shine a light on people and causes around the world, our goal will be to create content that informs but also gives hope.

“As new parents, it’s also important for us to create inspiring family programming, as well as powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”

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Some, however, have been less critical of the deal, including royal insider Marlene Koenig, who told Express.co.uk in 2021 that the deal was “brilliant and important” for the couple.

Alongside Harry’s documentary Invictus Games, Meghan herself is producing the animated show Pearl.

Pearl sees a 12-year-old girl and her “heroic adventures” come to life, as the character speaks to remarkable women of all generations.

Ms Koenig said: ‘They are looking for projects that support what their work wants to be about supporting minorities and mental health – telling stories that will be interesting.’

Harry’s decision to set up the games came after serving on two frontline tours of Afghanistan in 2008 and 2012, during his ten-year stint in the British Army.

Harry and Meghan’s appearance in Europe comes a month after they failed to attend a memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal’s grandfather, in London.