The fabled compound in the music icon's native Minnesota was recently transformed into a museum and opened up to fans, but Prince had also been considering inviting cameras into the property to document its inner workings, according to friends.

According to GQ, he approached his photographer pal Maya Washington to work with him on the series, although he had no plans to actually be in it.

"He was supposed to do something with Netflix, a reality show on Paisley Park," she explained. "He's (like), 'Why don't you help me?' I'm (like), 'I'd love to, but you'd have to be in it.'"

Prince reportedly replied, "No, no, no, I'm not in it," and when Maya insisted it would be a delight for fans to experience his sense of humour, he explained, "Maya, I can't be funny. I have to save the world."

A spokesperson for streaming service Netflix has since confirmed the news, telling The Associated Press there had been "discussions" about the show, but the project failed to "come to fruition" before his unexpected passing in April (16).

The Purple Rain icon died from a drug overdose at Paisley Park, aged 57.