Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailer ‘DELIBERATELY timed to take away from Cambridges’ US tour’


The release of the trailer for Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries has been ‘deliberately designed’ to ‘take away’ from the Cambridges’ landmark US tour, a royal expert has claimed.

The explosive trailer for the £88 million series dropped today, with the couple sharing an intensely personal reel of never before seen photos including several of the duchess crying. 

It comes as Prince William and Princess Kate put on a brave face on their first full day of a three-day tour of the US, with Buckingham Palace is embroiled in a race row back home after an aide made ‘unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments’ to domestic abuse charity founder Ngozi Fulani. 

Calling the Sussexes ‘unpredictable’, Mr Fitzwilliams said that the trailer’s release was ‘obviously timed to take away from the Wales’ trip to Boston’, adding that Meghan and Harry ‘like control their narrative’.

Harry and Meghan shared a reel of images, including this one, taken at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London in 2020, as the explosive trailer for their £88 million Netflix docuseries dropped today

It comes as Prince William and Princess Kate, pictured visiting Greentown Labs, Somerville, Massachusetts, embark on their first full day of a three-day tour of the US

It comes as Prince William and Princess Kate, pictured visiting Greentown Labs, Somerville, Massachusetts, embark on their first full day of a three-day tour of the US

‘The timing draws attention away from William and Catherine’s visit to Boston, which is highly prestigious,’ he said. ‘William is launching the Earthshot Prize and meeting Biden, which is very very prestigious.’

Meanwhile, the Sussex’s friend Omid Scobie gleefully tweeted: ‘If tomorrow is Prince William’s Super Bowl, then here’s your Halftime Show…’ 

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Greentown Labs, Somerville, Massachusetts this afternoon, to get an insight into the development of innovative green technologies.

The couple were all smiles as they waved to the waiting crowds of well-wishers who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the pair. 

They will also spend time at Roca, a non-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in the neighbouring city of Chelsea.

Mr Fitzwilliams said their trip had already been ‘overshadowed’ by the race row that saw the late Queen’s chief lady-in-waiting – and also Prince William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey – resign after being accused of racially insulting Sistah Space founder Ngozi Fulani and refusing to believe she was British. 

Saying that the timing of trailer release was ‘certainly unhelpful’, he continued: ‘If you look at it, it would appear there’s a lot for the Palace to be concerned on. What will they reveal?

‘There’s one [photo] where Meghan looks distressed, what is the context behind that? What will they reveal about the way they believe they were treated by the Royal Family?’

The Royal Family will be braced for further negative headlines when the Sussexes’ Netflix show airs, reportedly next Thursday.   

Mr Fitzwilliams said: ‘There’s a lot I think to be concerned about. If you look at the timeline, they get the Ripple of Hope Award, then they get the Netflix docuseries and then the first release of Harry’s memoir Spare.

The trailer features an image of a stern-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey

The trailer features an image of a stern-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey

Among the highly personal images shared in the trailer today was one of Meghan with her head in her hands apparently weeping

Among the highly personal images shared in the trailer today was one of Meghan with her head in her hands apparently weeping 

Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives for her visit of Greentown Labs, North America's largest clean-tech incubator, to learn more about how climate innovation is nurtured and scaled

Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives for her visit of Greentown Labs, North America’s largest clean-tech incubator, to learn more about how climate innovation is nurtured and scaled

The Princess of Wales, who wore a pretty pink pussy bow blouse under a burgundy blazer, was seen emerging from a hybrid Range Rover, specially selected to match the climate message of their trip

The Princess of Wales, who wore a pretty pink pussy bow blouse under a burgundy blazer, was seen emerging from a hybrid Range Rover, specially selected to match the climate message of their trip

William and Kate talk to Joe Curtatone, Director, Northeast Clean Energy Council, right, during a visit to Greentown Labs

William and Kate talk to Joe Curtatone, Director, Northeast Clean Energy Council, right, during a visit to Greentown Labs

‘You’ve got three concerns for the Royal Household coming up.

‘One wishes they would not do this but there’s no way of stopping them. It seems they have never timed things so they don’t clash with members of the Royal Family. 

‘It obviously looks deplorable but there is nothing they can do about it.’

Mr Fitzwilliams added that it is a ‘very unhappy situation for the Royal Family at the moment’, and the ‘potentially very destructive’ docuseries will ‘likely deepen’ the already ‘big rift’ between the family.

Meanwhile, royal expert Robert Jobson said: ‘I think everyone knew it was going to happen at some stage, it was inevitable.

‘They picked the optimum moment to get the maximum publicity.’

Another photo shows Meghan sitting next to Harry on a sofa, with the duchess holding both hands up to her face while her glum-looking husband has his head tilted backwards

Another photo shows Meghan sitting next to Harry on a sofa, with the duchess holding both hands up to her face while her glum-looking husband has his head tilted backwards

Omid Scobie gleefully tweeted this afternoon: 'If tomorrow is Prince William's Super Bowl, then here's your Halftime Show...'

Omid Scobie gleefully tweeted this afternoon: ‘If tomorrow is Prince William’s Super Bowl, then here’s your Halftime Show…’

William and Kate speak with startup companies that work at Greentown Labs as they tour the location for a view of green technologies developed on site

William and Kate speak with startup companies that work at Greentown Labs as they tour the location for a view of green technologies developed on site

In latest royal developments:

Kate and William drop THEIR OWN trailer just minutes before Harry and Meghan’s Netflix promo 

By Jack Wright for MailOnline  

The Prince and Princess of Wales released a snazzy new Instagram video from their US tour just minutes before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trailer for their bombshell Netflix documentary series dropped today.

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a short video which showed the royal couple enjoying an NBA game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat at the end of the first day of their visit to the States.

The video shared on their official Instagram account was captioned: ‘Baskets in Boston… Fantastic to celebrate the arrival of #EarthshotBoston2022 in the city and meet members of the community doing amazing things to protect and restore our planet. 

‘Last night’s @Celtics #HeroAmongUs, Ollie Perrault, fights for environmental justice, working to get more young people involved in climate action – and all this at 15 years old. Amazing work!’

It was released just seven minutes before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 72-second trailer premiered today.

William and Kat ewatching the Boston Celtics last night

William and Kat ewatching the Boston Celtics last night

William, Kate and wife of Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Emilia Fazzalari, pose for a picture courtside

William, Kate and wife of Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Emilia Fazzalari, pose for a picture courtside

 

The Sussexes’ one-minute-12-second clip opens with a producer asking ‘why do you want to make this documentary?’ before a reel of photos flash up of Harry and Meghan throughout their relationship, along with one image of the Prince and Princess of Wales. 

In a hint of fresh attacks on the Royal Family, Harry is heard saying, ‘no one sees what goes on behind closed doors’ just before a photograph showing Meghan holding her head in her hands while talking on the phone. 

In another photo, Meghan is seen sitting next to Harry on a sofa, with the duchess holding both hands up to her face while her Prince Harry has his head tilted backwards.   

The other black and white snaps give a deeply personal insight into the couple’s life together, and include Meghan cradling her baby bump, Harry playing the guitar, and the couple dancing at their wedding in May 2018. 

The trailer finally cuts to his wife, who says: ‘When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?’

The Sussexes have reportedly been paid $100million (£88million) for the fly-on-the-wall Netflix series, which has left the Royal Family braced for more damaging accusations from the couple. 

The timing is awkward for the Prince and Princess of Wales as Buckingham Palace is embroied in a race row back home after ‘racist’ comments were made by Lady Susan Hussey at an event hosted by Queen Consort Camilla. 

Sistah Space founder Ngozi Fulani said she felt ‘interrogated’ by the royal aide about what country she came from, despite being born in the UK and stating multiple times that she was British. Officials said they were taking the incident ‘extremely seriously’. 

As the Sussexes unveiled their glitzy publicity push, William and Kate’s troubles deepened today as one of the UK’s leading lawyers claimed that Lady Susan Hussey quizzed him about his heritage at the same function. 

Nazir Afzal, 60, Chancellor of the University of Manchester and ex-chief prosecutor of the CPS under Sir Keir Starmer, reacted to the row by declaring: ‘Racism is never far away’.

Harry and Meghan announced their deal with Netflix just six months after setting up home in California in March 2020, saying they wanted to provide ‘hope and inspiration’ by teaming up with the streaming goliath.

The Duke and Duchess said their company, unnamed at the time but now known as Archewell Productions, would make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.

It’s previously been reported that the Duke and Duchess were ‘at odds’ with the production staff on their Netflix docuseries as the ‘panicked’ couple wanted to make ‘such extensive edits’ that the team believe the project could be ‘shelved indefinitely’ following the death of the Queen.

In a statement, the Sussexes said: ‘Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. 

‘As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.’

They added that Netflix’s ‘unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.’

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer and co-chief exec, said at the time: ‘We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.’

After putting ink to paper on the deal, the Sussexes were said to have welcomed cameras into their luxury Montecito mansion for a fly-on-the-wall type documentary, Page Six reported.

While it’s unclear on exactly how much of their home life the couple were prepared to share, they certainly did let Netflix cameras trail them on public appearances in 2021 and 2022. 

When Harry and Meghan jetted to the Global Citizen Live event in New York in late September 2021, a camera crew accompanied them. 

And just over six months later in the Hague, in April this year, the Duke and Duchess were filmed at the Invictus Games, hugging Team United Kingdom competitor Lisa Johnston and meeting competitors and chatting to the crowds.

Another personal image shared by the couple for their new Netflix documentary includes Meghan cradling her baby bump

Another personal image shared by the couple for their new Netflix documentary includes Meghan cradling her baby bump

The couple are also seen dancing together at their wedding - the first image the public have seen of the reception at Frogore House. The wedding reception was a star-studded occasion of Hollywood glamour that was hosted by Prince Charles, featured a house music DJ and concluded with a fireworks display outside an historic 17th century venue. There have even been claims that there was a DJ slot from wedding guest Idris Elba. Mike and Zara Tindall can be seen among the guests at the back of the photograph

The couple are also seen dancing together at their wedding – the first image the public have seen of the reception at Frogore House. The wedding reception was a star-studded occasion of Hollywood glamour that was hosted by Prince Charles, featured a house music DJ and concluded with a fireworks display outside an historic 17th century venue. There have even been claims that there was a DJ slot from wedding guest Idris Elba. Mike and Zara Tindall can be seen among the guests at the back of the photograph 

One image from the early days of their relationship, while Meghan was still working as an actress on Suits, shows her gazing at Prince Harry, while the Duke, who is not wearing a wedding ring, plays guitar

One image from the early days of their relationship, while Meghan was still working as an actress on Suits, shows her gazing at Prince Harry, while the Duke, who is not wearing a wedding ring, plays guitar 

Harry and Meghan sit atop a jeep in another image which appears to have been taken in the early days of their relationship

Harry and Meghan sit atop a jeep in another image which appears to have been taken in the early days of their relationship

Harry and Meghan are seen jumping for joy in another previously unseen image taken from the trailer for their new Netflix series

Harry and Meghan are seen jumping for joy in another previously unseen image taken from the trailer for their new Netflix series

Meghan and Harry share a kiss in the kitchen of their British home of Frogmore Cottage in newly-released pictures

Meghan and Harry share a kiss in the kitchen of their British home of Frogmore Cottage in newly-released pictures

Another image from the kitchen of their home shows the couple laughing together and Meghan adjusting her hair

Another image from the kitchen of their home shows the couple laughing together and Meghan adjusting her hair 

Another series of images show the-then actress Meghan enjoying a natural pool with her two dogs, Labrador-Shepherd cross Bogart and Guy. The image appears to have been taken while the couple were dating. She left Bogart behind in Canada when she moved to London in 2017. The former actress, who lived in Canada while filming Suits, made the heartbreaking decision to leave Bogart after moving to the UK to start her new life, because the pet was too old to fly overseas

Another series of images show the-then actress Meghan enjoying a natural pool with her two dogs, Labrador-Shepherd cross Bogart and Guy. The image appears to have been taken while the couple were dating. She left Bogart behind in Canada when she moved to London in 2017. The former actress, who lived in Canada while filming Suits, made the heartbreaking decision to leave Bogart after moving to the UK to start her new life, because the pet was too old to fly overseas 

In one photograph, Prince Harry can be seen with his hand around Meghan's dog Guy, while a guitar is resting alongside them. It is believed the photograph was taken during the period in which Harry and Meghan first started dating, while she was continuing to film Suits. The image is likely to have been taken in Canada, where she was living while filming the show

In one photograph, Prince Harry can be seen with his hand around Meghan’s dog Guy, while a guitar is resting alongside them. It is believed the photograph was taken during the period in which Harry and Meghan first started dating, while she was continuing to film Suits. The image is likely to have been taken in Canada, where she was living while filming the show

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan

While it is not clear when a number of the selfies were taken, they appear to show the start of the Duke and Duchess’ blossoming romance. In one, Meghan beams into the camera while Prince Harry eats a snack (left), while in another, the two snuggle up together (right)

Another series of images taken before the couple were married shows them snuggling up with one another in a photobooth (pictured). While it is unknown where or when the images were taken, one of Meghan's favourite hang-outs, Soho House, has a famous photobooth in which patrons can snap pictures

Another series of images taken before the couple were married shows them snuggling up with one another in a photobooth (pictured). While it is unknown where or when the images were taken, one of Meghan’s favourite hang-outs, Soho House, has a famous photobooth in which patrons can snap pictures

Another previously unseen phtotograph shows the Duke and Duchess during their farewell tour on 5 March 2020. While it is not clear where the photograph was taken, Meghan was seen at the exclusive Goring Hotel that day. It is understood the couple were at the hotel for a private lunch but were not staying there. She wore a camel coat and £615 Aquazzura black heels

Another previously unseen phtotograph shows the Duke and Duchess during their farewell tour on 5 March 2020. While it is not clear where the photograph was taken, Meghan was seen at the exclusive Goring Hotel that day. It is understood the couple were at the hotel for a private lunch but were not staying there. She wore a camel coat and £615 Aquazzura black heels

This photo shows a solemn looking Meghan while she was back in Britain earlier this year for the Queen's state funeral

This photo shows a solemn looking Meghan while she was back in Britain earlier this year for the Queen’s state funeral 

In an undated image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan appeared to brush away a tear while being driven away from Prince Harry. It is unknown when the photograph was taken, or whether it was taken in the UK or in the US

In an undated image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan appeared to brush away a tear while being driven away from Prince Harry. It is unknown when the photograph was taken, or whether it was taken in the UK or in the US 

The promotional poster for the documentary Harry & Meghan features an image of the couple on their Australia tour

The promotional poster for the documentary Harry & Meghan features an image of the couple on their Australia tour 

The timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell documentary series  

September 2020 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s production company, Archewell Productions, signed a reported $100million deal with the streaming giant.

July 2021 – Meghan announces first project with Netflix – an animated series called Pearl. She was taking on the roles of ‘creator and executive producer’ – marking the first time the former actress and Suits star would work in the position of EP. 

September – Spotted filming in New York at the Global Citizen Live event 

April 2022 – Spotted filming at the Invictus Games in the Hague 

May – Reports emerge Netflix are hoping for an ‘at-home with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex-style’ docuseries 

Meghan’s animated series Pearl is dropped by Netflix as part of a wave of cutbacks prompted by the streaming service’s drop in subscribers. 

June – Couple were told they wouldn’t be able to film while attending Jubilee celebrations 

August – Meghan hints that the documentary could focus on their ‘love story 

September – The Queen dies. Reports emerge the the couple want to ‘downplay’ what they’ve said about the royal family in the documentary 

October – It was reported how the Duke and Duchess were ‘at odds’ with the production staff on their Netflix docuseries because the ‘panicked’ couple wanted to make ‘such extensive edits’ that the team believe the project could be ‘shelved indefinitely’.

Meghan then appears to try to distance herself from the project during an interview.

She suggested that its direction was in the hands of left-leaning filmmaker Liz Garbus ‘even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it’.

At the end of the month, it’s announced Prince Harry’s memoir will be released on January 10 and will be called Spare. 

November – It was reported Prince Harry was trying to get Netflix to postpone the documentary until after Christmas so it was released at around the same time as his bombshell memoir.

It is claimed Prince Harry and Meghan first hired Oscar-nominated director Garrett Bradley for the series – before they had a falling out and she left.

Meanwhile Netflix face heavy backlash over the fifth series of The Crown, and reports suggest the streaming platform might push back the release date of Harry and Meghan’s series in response.

However, it is then revealed the couple will release the documentary on December 8.  

December 8 – Documentary is set to be released 

January 10 2023 – Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is due to be released 

An organiser at the event said the Netflix team arrived in six people carriers with caseloads of equipment.

The film crew were given maroon bibs to differentiate them from the dozens of photographers covering the Games and were given exclusive access to the couple as they met with athletes.

However, when it came to the Queen’s Jubilee in June, a few months prior to the 96-year-old monarch’s death on September 8, the couple were firmly told they would not be able to film while attending the celebrations. 

Indeed, Meghan and Harry took a low key role in the national holiday, missing out on key moments on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the invitation to which was only extended to senior roles.

Even before it’s release, the show has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic and it is expected to cause fresh turmoil for the Royal Family.

The first of Harry’s memoirs, named ‘Spare’ are set to be released in January.

Royal experts have claimed in recent weeks that these two bombshell projects will further set back any prospect of a meaningful reconciliation between the couple and King Charles and Prince William. 

This summer, Meghan hinted that the documentary  could focus on their ‘love story’.

Speaking in an interview with The Cut, the Duchess said her five-year-long romance with Prince Harry is one of the ‘pieces of her life’ that she has not yet fully shared with the public.

The Duchess continued: ‘The piece of my life I haven’t been able to share, that people haven’t been able to see, is our love story.’ 

But after the Queen’s death the Sussexes were said to have wanted to ‘downplay much of what they have said about Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales’ in their documentary series, according to a previous report.

One Hollywood industry source said they were doubting whether to hold the series following the Queen’s death.

They said: ‘A lot of conversations are happening. 

‘I hear that Harry and Meghan want the series to be held until next year, they want to stall.

‘I wonder if the show could even be dead in the water at this point, do Harry and Meghan just want to shelve this thing?,’ they added.

A Netflix insider also claimed: ‘Netflix has been keen to have the show ready to stream for December. There’s a lot of pressure on (Netflix CEO) Ted Sarandos, who has the relationship with Harry and Meghan, to get this show finished.’

However the source added that the streaming platform was ‘standing by the filmmakers’ who want to keep the content in the project, and that it will still be ‘going forward.’ 

Insiders reportedly told US website Page Six earlier this year that the couple were ‘having second thoughts’ on the project. 

‘But it’s their story, from their own mouths,’ one Netflix source told the website last month.

Another said: ‘They’ve made significant requests to walk back content they themselves have provided’.

And Prince Harry faced claims that he was trying to get Netflix to postpone his controversial fly-on-the-wall documentary until after Christmas so it was released at around the same time as his bombshell memoir. 

Hollywood news website Deadline previously said that ‘rattled’ Netflix bosses ‘blinked first’ and decided to push back the original December release date after the US company came under heavy criticism over its bombshell fifth series of royal drama The Crown.

Harry’s statement on the trailer that ‘no one sees what’s going on behind doors’ will concern the palace, who will be braced for him and Meghan making more damaging claims 

The trailer included a series of sweet childhood snaps of Meghan and Harry which have never been seen by the public

The trailer included a series of sweet childhood snaps of Meghan and Harry which have never been seen by the public 

The Sussexes were paid a reported £88million for the series, which the couple had been reported to have tried to push it back to 2023

The Sussexes were paid a reported £88million for the series, which the couple had been reported to have tried to push it back to 2023

The childhood photos of Meghan (pictured) and Harry come towards the end of the trailer, which lasts for just over a minute 

 The Duchess of Sussex seen as a young in family photos shared as part of her and Harry’s £88million Netflix series

Other photos show a young Prince Harry. On the right is an image of him as a baby – looking remarkably similar to his son, Archie 

Prince Harry as a young man, apparently holding his hand up to a photographer in the process of taking a photo of him

Prince Harry as a young man, apparently holding his hand up to a photographer in the process of taking a photo of him 

A photo from the trailer showing a packed Mall in central London during a major royal occasion

A photo from the trailer showing a packed Mall in central London during a major royal occasion

Soldiers in full regalia march in formation in a still taken from Harry and Meghan's new docuseries on Netflix

Soldiers in full regalia march in formation in a still taken from Harry and Meghan’s new docuseries on Netflix 

A crowd of schoolchildren wave Union flags in a vintage photo. It is unclear when or when the image was taken

A crowd of schoolchildren wave Union flags in a vintage photo. It is unclear when or when the image was taken 

Dozens of photographers strain to take a photo of someone passing by in an image from the Sussexes' Netflix trailer

Dozens of photographers strain to take a photo of someone passing by in an image from the Sussexes’ Netflix trailer 

A roll of newsprint coming off a printing press - a likely reference to the media scrutiny Harry has long complained about

A roll of newsprint coming off a printing press – a likely reference to the media scrutiny Harry has long complained about 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix documentary will be released on 8 December

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix documentary will be released on 8 December

Harry and Meghan had been working on the series as part of their rumoured $100 million (£88million) deal with the beleaguered streaming giant. But there has been toing and froing over when it will be released

Harry and Meghan had been working on the series as part of their rumoured $100 million (£88million) deal with the beleaguered streaming giant. But there has been toing and froing over when it will be released

The race row is a major blow to William and Kate's tour of the US, pictured watching the Boston Celtics last night

The race row is a major blow to William and Kate’s tour of the US, pictured watching the Boston Celtics last night

Camilla, the Queen Consort, close to Ngozi Fulani (circled in red) with Nazir Afzal in the background (also circled). Both Ms Fulani and Mr Afzal have said Lady Susan Hussey 'interrogated' them about their heritage

Camilla, the Queen Consort, close to Ngozi Fulani (circled in red) with Nazir Afzal in the background (also circled). Both Ms Fulani and Mr Afzal have said Lady Susan Hussey ‘interrogated’ them about their heritage 

Ms Fulani (pictured centre at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday) was asked by Lady Hussey: ‘What part of Africa are you from?’

Mr Afzal, 60, Chancellor of the University of Manchester and ex-chief prosecutor of the CPS under Sir Keir Starmer, reacted to the row by declaring: 'Racism is never far away' (Pictured: Mr Afzal at the Palace with Yasmin Khan, national adviser to the Welsh government on gender abuse)

Mr Afzal, 60, Chancellor of the University of Manchester and ex-chief prosecutor of the CPS under Sir Keir Starmer, reacted to the row by declaring: ‘Racism is never far away’ (Pictured: Mr Afzal at the Palace with Yasmin Khan, national adviser to the Welsh government on gender abuse)

Nazir Afzal, 60, Chancellor of the University of Manchester and ex-chief prosecutor of the CPS under Sir Keir Starmer, reacted to the row by declaring: 'Racism is never far away'. He revealed he spoke to Lady Hussey

Nazir Afzal, 60, Chancellor of the University of Manchester and ex-chief prosecutor of the CPS under Sir Keir Starmer, reacted to the row by declaring: ‘Racism is never far away’. He revealed he spoke to Lady Hussey

‘Harry and Meghan are panicked about trying to tone down even the most basic language. 

Meghan even appeared as though she was distancing herself and Harry from their upcoming and controversial Netflix documentary around a month after Her Majesty’s death on September 8. 

The Duchess of Sussex suggested that its direction is now in the hands of Left-leaning filmmaker Liz Garbus ‘even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it’.

‘They want to be in the spotlight at any cost!’ Royal biographer slams Harry and Meghan for accepting prestigious human rights award 

A royal biographer has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for accepting a prestigious human rights award, claiming the ex-royal couple ‘want to be in the spotlight at any cost.’

Next month the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be honoured with the Ripple of Hope Award at a gala organized by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation.

The charity is named after former President Kennedy’s younger brother, who was assassinated in 1968 during his presidential campaign. 

Its gong has previously gone to former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Desmond Tutu, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Apple CEO Tim Cook, anti-apartheid bishop Desmond Tutu, Colin Kaepernick and George Clooney.

But royal biographer Angela Levin told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that she believed Harry and Meghan’s charitable credentials were ‘fantasy laced with persuasion’ and questioned: ‘Are they really up there with earlier award winners?’

‘Whichever way you look at it, their alleged achievements seem fantasy laced with persuasion and who knows what else, rather than fact,’ Levin said.

‘Meghan and Harry have found it difficult to get close to A-list celebrities. They haven’t received invitations to all the right parties so perhaps the next best thing for them was to get on award lists where A-listers abound.

‘Meghan especially is giving the impression they will stop at nothing to get to the top. She should be careful as it could all crumple.’

 

She said in a magazine interview: ‘It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it. But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.

‘It’s interesting. My husband has never worked in this industry before. 

‘For me, having worked on Suits, it’s so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view. That’s been really fun.’  

Garbus, who was also due to work on the Duchess’ series Pearl before it was scrapped by Netflix, is a documentarian and filmmaker and also helmed the last season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2021.

The TV drama is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, which became an instant feminist classic following the story of a woman named Offred, who is forced to live as ‘handmaid’ producing children against her will in a totalitarian North America.

Garbus has been involved in a host of other TV and film projects about oppressed women, notably including Girlhood, which follows two female inmates – victims of horrific violence and tragedy – who are serving time in a juvenile detention centre.

She has also had control over a documentary about the life and legend of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone as well as a film called Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech.

Meanwhile the director’s Instagram page is openly political, with recent posts urging for women’s abortion rights and comments about ‘brilliant’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Biographer Tom Bower previously said the Sussexes’ Netflix series would be helpful publicity for Harry’s book.

‘Viewers and readers can expect scathing comments about their treatment by Harry’s family. 

‘Wallowing in self-pity, the Sussexes will portray themselves as victims of uncaring charlatans,’ he said.

In a previous statement announcing the deal, Penguin said the book it would cover Harry’s ‘lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father’.

The contents of Harry’s book are likely to be kept top secret and palace aides have revealed that no members of the Royal Family have been offered the chance to see any of it before it becomes public. When the publishing deal was announced in July 2021, only the Queen was given advance warning.

It comes after The Mail on Sunday reported that Harry launched a last-minute bid to tone down his bombshell autobiography amid fears his final draft ‘might not go down too well’ in the wake of the Queen’s death.

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations.

His request may be seen as a sign that he is ready to take a more conciliatory approach to the rest of the Royal Family, but could cause problems for his publishers.

‘Harry has thrown a spanner in the works,’ a source said. ‘He is keen for refinements in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne.

‘There may be things in the book which might not look so good if they come out so soon after these events. He wants sections changed now. It’s not a total rewrite by any means. He desperately wants to make changes. But it might be too late.’

Publishing sources suggested that the Duke might have limited ‘wriggle room’ given he was handed a seven-figure advance.

Publishers Penguin Random House had already demanded a rewrite after the first draft was deemed ‘too touchy-feely’ and placed too much focus on mental health issues, The Mail on Sunday reported.

All we know about Harry and Meghan’s Netflix show: £88 million project airing next week will feature fly-on-the-wall footage of their home life and public outings – but they claim: ‘It’s our story through someone else’s lens’

By Jo Tweedy for MailOnline  

It was a picture perfect moment in The Hague – Meghan and Harry warmly embracing Invictus Games competitor Lisa Johnston, who was draped in a Union Jack, after the former army medic and amputee had just competed in an event at the Games the Prince founded in 2013. 

In the background of the photographs, it’s clear to see the moment being caught on film; one of several times since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a rumoured £88million deal with Netflix that a camera from the streaming service has been by their sides on a public outing. 

The TV giant, say industry sources, is set to unleash the fly-on-the-wall documentary on the royals’ lives and work next week on 8th December. 

This is despite reports that the couple had tried to push it back to 2023 – unnerved by both Series 5 of The Crown sparking controversy on both sides of the Pond, and the release of Harry’s tell-all memoir on the way in January. 

Royal experts have claimed in recent weeks that these two bombshell projects will further set back any prospect of a meaningful reconciliation between the couple, who live in a $14.65million Montecito mansion with their two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, with King Charles and Prince William. 

And, in an interview with Variety in October, Meghan made it clear their story has been told ‘through someone else’s lens’. 

Here, FEMAIL looks at everything we know about the Netflix project so far…

No postponement: A fly-on-the-wall documentary about Harry and Meghan, part of the rumoured £88million ($100 million) deal the couple signed in September 2020, looks set to be next week despite claims that the couple had been keen to stall the project until 2023 (Pictured: Meghan and Harry film a message for Elton John's Farewell concert in November)

No postponement: A fly-on-the-wall documentary about Harry and Meghan, part of the rumoured £88million ($100 million) deal the couple signed in September 2020, looks set to be next week despite claims that the couple had been keen to stall the project until 2023 (Pictured: Meghan and Harry film a message for Elton John’s Farewell concert in November) 

SIGNING THE NETFLIX DEAL: A £88 MILLION GOLDEN HELLO 

Back in 2020, the couple gushed that signing the Netflix deal would help them provide 'hope and inspiration' through content

Back in 2020, the couple gushed that signing the Netflix deal would help them provide ‘hope and inspiration’ through content

Just six months after the couple set up home in California in March 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced a shiny new deal with Netflix, saying they wanted to provide ‘hope and inspiration’ by teaming up with the streaming goliath.

The Duke and Duchess said their company, unnamed at the time but now known as Archewell Productions, would make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.

In a statement, the Sussexes said: ‘Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.’

They added that Netflix’s ‘unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.’

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer and co-chief exec, said at the time: ‘We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.’

CAMERAS BEGIN TRAILING THE COUPLE – BUT NOT TO THE QUEEN‘S JUBILEE 

After putting ink to paper on the deal, the Sussexes were said to have welcomed cameras into their luxury Montecito mansion for a reality-type documentary, Page Six reported.

While it’s unclear on exactly how much of their home life the couple were prepared to share, they certainly did let Netflix cameras trail them on public appearances in 2021 and 2022. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, hug Lisa Johnston, a former army medic and amputee, who celebrates with her medal at the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands, Sunday, April 17, 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, hug Lisa Johnston, a former army medic and amputee, who celebrates with her medal at the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands, Sunday, April 17, 2022

When Harry and Meghan jetted to the Global Citizen Live event in New York in late September 2021, a camera crew accompanied them. 

And just over six months later in the Hague, in April this year, the Duke and Duchess were filmed at the Invictus Games, hugging Team United Kingdom competitor Lisa Johnston and meeting competitors and chatting to the crowds. 

One of the organisers at the event said the Netflix team arrived in six people carriers with caseloads of equipment.

The film crew were given maroon bibs to help them stand out from the dozens of photographers covering the games and given exclusive access to the couple with behind close door meeting with the athletes.

However, iwhen it came to the Queen’s Jubilee in June – just a few months before the late Monarch died on September 8th, the couple were firmly told they wouldn’t be able to film while attending the celebrations. 

Indeed, Meghan and Harry took a low key role in the national event, missing out on key moments on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which only senior roles were allowed to attend. 

‘TRUSTED’ LIZ GARBUS COMES ON BOARD – AFTER REPORTS OF A CLASH WITH PREVIOUS DIRECTOR GARRETT BRADLEY

After first signing their deal, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned to Garrett Bradley, director of the critically acclaimed Netflix series about tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka – but they reportedly clashed over the direction of the show, it was claimed earlier this month. 

A TV insider told the New York Post how the collaboration unravelled: ‘Garrett wanted Harry and Meghan to film at home and they were not comfortable doing that. There were a few sticky moments between them, and Garrett left the project. 

‘Harry and Meghan’s own production company captured as much footage as they could before Liz Garbus was hired.’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had turned to Garrett Bradley, director of the critically acclaimed Netflix series about tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka - but they reportedly clashed over the direction of the show

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had turned to Garrett Bradley, director of the critically acclaimed Netflix series about tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka – but they reportedly clashed over the direction of the show

Filmmaker Liz Garbus, who directed the last season of The Handmaid's Tale, was hired following Garrett's exit from the project. In October, Megan told Variety Magazine, she admired Garbus' work

Filmmaker Liz Garbus, who directed the last season of The Handmaid’s Tale, was hired following Garrett’s exit from the project. In October, Megan told Variety Magazine, she admired Garbus’ work

Garbus, who was also due to work on the Duchess’ series Pearl before it was scrapped by Netflix, is a Left-leaning documentarian and filmmaker and also helmed the last season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2021. 

The TV drama is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, which became an instant feminist classic following the story of a woman named Offred, who is forced to live as ‘handmaid’ producing children against her will in a totalitarian North America.

Garbus has been involved in a host of other TV and film projects about oppressed women, notably including Girlhood, which follows two female inmates – victims of horrific violence and tragedy – who are serving time in a juvenile detention centre.

She has also had control over a documentary about the life and legend of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone as well as a film called Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech.

Meanwhile the director’s Instagram page is openly political, with recent posts urging for women’s abortion rights and comments about ‘brilliant’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

But a Netflix source added that the streaming platform was ‘standing by the filmmakers’ who want to keep the content in the project, and that it will still be ‘going forward’.

In October, Megan told Variety Magazine that she was delighted to be working with Garbus, saying she was ‘a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired’.

The royal added: ‘It’s so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view. That’s been really fun.’ 

DISTANCE? MEGHAN NOW SAYS ‘IT’S OUR STORY THROUGH SOMEONE ELSE’S LENS’  

There have been mixed reports in the US about when the Netflix documentary about the couple’s lives will now air, but the general consensus is that there will now be no postponement and ‘the show will go on’ in December. 

There have been mixed reports in the US, with Deadline insisting the show will be delayed until the new year citing bosses being ‘rattled’ and ‘blinking first’ because of the backlash over Season 5 of The Crown. 

The show has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic and it is expected to cause fresh turmoil for the Royal Family. Harry also has his memoirs, named ‘Spare’, on the way. 

In October, the Duchess of Sussex, in an interview with Variety magazine, praised the work of director Liz Garbus...but said any work by Netflix about the couple would be through 'someone else's lens'

In October, the Duchess of Sussex, in an interview with Variety magazine, praised the work of director Liz Garbus…but said any work by Netflix about the couple would be through ‘someone else’s lens’

Royal experts have claimed that two bombshell projects - Harry's novel 'Spare', which is published in January and the documentary - have prevented any reconciliation with King Charles or Prince William

Royal experts have claimed that two bombshell projects – Harry’s novel ‘Spare’, which is published in January and the documentary – have prevented any reconciliation with King Charles or Prince William

Certainly Meghan herself seems to be distancing herself from just how involved the couple have been. In her interview with Variety magazine, she said: ‘It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it.’

However, she appeared to add a disclaimer, saying: ‘But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.’  

 Previously, one Hollywood industry source said the couple were facing doubts about the series following the Queen’s death. They said: ‘A lot of conversations are happening. I hear that Harry and Meghan want the series to be held until next year, they want to stall.

‘I wonder if the show could even be dead in the water at this point, do Harry and Meghan just want to shelve this thing?,’ they added.

A Netflix insider also claimed: ‘Netflix has been keen to have the show ready to stream for December. There’s a lot of pressure on (Netflix CEO) Ted Sarandos, who has the relationship with Harry and Meghan, to get this show finished.’

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