Harry and Meghan star in trailer for Netflix documentary
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Meghan Markle’s claim in a trailer for their new Netflix documentary that it is time the public heard their story is “ridiculous and absurd”, given the world has been told their version of events “over and over and over again”, a royal commentator has said. Jonathan Sacerdoti also questioned the timing of the release, coming as it does a day before the Prince and Princess of Wales are due to present the Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston at a star-studded ceremony featuring performances by, among others, Billie Eilish.
The one-minute long clip includes photos and brief interview snippets of Harry and Meghan, with Prince Harry commenting: “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.”
There is also a photograph of Meghan in tears while clutching a mobile phone.
Mr Sacerdoti, whose television credits include Sky News, Fox News and the BBC, told Express.co.uk: “It’s a very aggressive, marketing move to drop the trailer today, just as the Prince and Princess of Wales have got to America to promote the Earthshot prize.
“But it can be no surprise that Netflix along with Meghan and Harry have chosen to do that as it is in their interest to create as much buzz as possible around the show.
“From the brief trailer, we can see it is potentially explosive.”
The footage included dozens of personal Instagram-style photographs of the couple in what appeared to be private moments, Mr Sacerdoti pointed out.
He said: “That rather puts to bed any remaining doubt people might have had about their claimed desire for less public intrusion into their lives.
“The trailer closes with Meghan asking if it doesn’t make more sense to hear the story from her and Harry, as if we hadn’t heard much from them over the last couple of years.
“In fact, the suggestion that we have been deprived of their side of the story is as ridiculous as it is absurd.
“In reality we have only heard their side of the story, over and over and over again, with the Royal family maintaining a dignified silence on most of the offensive allegations made against them and even on the many inconsistencies in what the Duke and Duchess have said since they left.”
Looking ahead to the release of the show, Mr Sacerdoti added: “Of course, the series will be incredibly popular and a ratings smash for Netflix because there is constant fascination with the lives of the rich and famous, especially when it involves the Royal family and all of the allegations and dramas made by Harry and Meghan.
“The sound effects and editing style of the trailer, with overwhelmingly quick cuts, dramatic and sad music and the sounds of smashing glass and camera flashes, suggests the entire Netflix show will make every attempt to turn this into a made for TV high drama series.”
Netflix has billed the six-part series as “an unprecedented and in-depth” look at “one of the most-discussed couples in history”.
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It is directed by Liz Garbus, the Emmy winning producer of the Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
In 2020, Prince Harry and his wife signed a multiyear deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming for the streaming service.
The couple has already addressed their problems with the Royal Family in a bombshell 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which Meghan claimed an unnamed royal had speculated on the skin tone of unborn son Archie.
The release also comes at a time when fresh racism allegations are swirling following remarks made by Lady Susan Hussey, Queen Elizabeth’s former lady in waiting, to charity worker Ngozi Fulani at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
Lady Susan, who is also one of William’s godparents, subsequently resigned from her ceremonial post as a Lady of the Household after it was revealed that she had asked Ms Fulani “whereabouts in Africa” she came from.
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