THE DUCHESS of Sussex is to executive produce a new animated programme for Netflix.

Archewell Productions, Meghan Markle’s production company, announced the series, entitled Pearl, which will portray the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women from history.

Pearl is the second show from the Netflix deal Meghan Markle and the Duke of Sussex signed last year following Heart Of Invictus - a series about the Invictus Games.

Meghan said: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.

“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”

Filmmaker David Furnish, the husband of Sir Elton John, is also due to work on the programme.

Meghan said: “David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it.”

Meghan and Harry signed a major deal with Netflix last year to make films and television series for the online streaming service.

At the time, Netflix said the pair would create “content that informs but also gives hope”.

Archewell Productions replaced Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal brand after they quit royal duties.

The name was inspired by their son Archie – combining “arche”, the Greek word meaning source of action, and “well” as “a plentiful source or supply; a place we go to dig deep”.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey has also been nominated for an Emmy Award.

Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special is up for outstanding hosted nonfiction series or special at the award’s, which recognise excellence in US TV.

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards are due to take place on September 19.