Meghan faces growing US backlash as Netflix PR strategy backfires

Harry & Meghan: Explosive trailer for Netflix documentary

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have come under fire following the release of two Netflix trailers promoting their documentary. The Sussexes are expected to air their grievances against the Royal Family in a six-part documentary series branded by experts as “unprecedented”. But the Netflix release has been met with fierce criticism on the other side of the pond. 

US Broadcaster Megyn Kelly branded the Netflix trailer as yet another attempt by the Sussexes to replicate the US Kardashians reality show in a bid to remain in the spotlight.

After playing the clip, Ms Kelly appeared stunned with disbelief at the claims being made: “First of all, they want to pretend that they had nothing to do with this, this is really their story but it’s told through somebody else’s vision. 

“The fact that she’s including in there that she was a royal rock star – okay, all right. Got it… And then, everything changed just in a snap.”

She continued: “What could it have been? Could it have been you guys being narcissistic j**** at every turn, bullying members of The Palace, complaining constantly if not every piece of commentary was complimentary enough of you and being nasty to William and Kate?”

Countering the Sussexes’ claims they have been victims of negative media coverage, Ms Kelly said: “There’s a reason the press turned on her. That has nothing to do with what the clip says – hatred and race.”

NewsNation host Leland Vitter joined Megyn Kelly in raising questions about the sincerity of their woes. 

“Can we at least ask them to tell the truth when they are claiming to be victims? Protect them from what, you might ask,” the news anchor said, as he claimed the Sussexes gained renewed media’s attention by their own actions like leaving the Royal Family and settling down in their Montecito Mansion in California.

He added the latest Netflix release goes against the Sussexes’ claim that they moved to America to seek privacy: “Nothing says we want our privacy like filming every moment of your life, your private life, for a documentary.”

The documentary, The Hill Columnist Kristin Tate said, is failing to gain sympathy among Americans given their lavish lifestyle and wealth they inherited from the Royal Family.

She told Sky News Australia: “I do not think Meghan Markle is going to be successful at getting Americans to feel bad for her. This is a woman who was an actress and then married a prince, and marries into a Royal Family with all the money. 

“She lives an incredible life and she wants to say: ‘Oh, poor me. I’m victimised.’

“When she first came to the US, some people wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, wanted to give her a chance, but the PR strategy is just so horrible and at this point, Americans just want her to go away.”

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The couple have already offered a glimpse into what royal fans could expect, with Meghan and Harry pledging to tell the whole truth about their experiences with negative media coverage. 

In his voiceover, Prince Harry describes the “pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution”, paralleling his wife, Meghan, and mother, Princess Diana, and their experiences of leaving royal life. 

The couple also brings up the issue of racism and hierarchy in the Institution, for which they are being given the Ripple of Hope award on Tuesday by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group.

The first volume of the six-part series is set to hit the streaming giant Netflix on December 8 followed by the second volume on December 15.

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