Experts reveal how Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary could impact the royal family

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex documentary hit Netflix this week and has predictably divided royal pundits and fans.

The series, entitled Harry and Meganwhich has been split into two “volumes,” promised to show “the other side” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance.

In a trailer released ahead of the first volume’s arrival on Thursday (8 December), the duke promised to tell “the whole truth” and hinted that there were stories “planted” against Meghan while they were still senior members of the royal family.

Although the first three episodes revealed no new allegations against Buckingham Palace, the couple have come under fire for their desire to get the series on the air despite concerns about the press intruding into their lives. Through a spokesperson, the couple said their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family in 2020 had nothing to do with “privacy”.

While the lack of explosive revelations this week will no doubt come as a relief to the royal family, pundits have said King Charles III should prioritize resolving the family’s relationship with the Sussexes if they wish to see an end to the “grievances” of the royal family. couple.

This was stated by Jo Elvin, journalist, host and host of the Palace Confidential podcast The independent: “I would not be surprised if the king very quickly began to hold on to a new mantra: ‘What would [Queen Elizabeth II] Do?’

“On the question of how to handle this incendiary ‘docu-series’, publicly he will want to avoid any comment or action that keeps the discussion of this soap opera becoming more vulgar by the hour,” he said. “In private, however, he may need to get over his stated desire to sidestep conflict and get everyone talking.

“As varied as the memories in the family may be, I think finding a way to heal Harry and Meghan’s grief should be a priority, because it seems like otherwise they’ll never run out of energy to complain and explain. An affectionate mention in his first Christmas speech would be a dignified power move.”

Royal commentator RS Locke has said the docuseries will have a bigger impact on the distance between the Sussexes and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

It comes after Harry appears to defy Prince William’s wish for his mother’s controversy Panorama interview never to be broadcast again by including a clip from it in the first episode of Harry and Megan.

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After a report last year found that the BBC covered up journalist Martin Bashir’s deception into obtaining the interview, William said it was his “firm opinion” that the Panorama the shoot should never see the light of day again. But speaking of his in-series interview, Harry said his mother “told the truth about his experience.”

“Reports of the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William started as early as 2018, and last year, in the Oprah [Winfrey] interview, Harry reiterated this when he characterized the relationship as ‘space,’” Locke said The independent.

“They say life events like death and birth can bring families together. If the late Queen’s death and the birth of her granddaughter, Lilibet—whom there’s still no confirmation William and Kate ever met—couldn’t bridge the gap, I’m not sure anything will. But the docuseries has arguably made the gap between the two pairs even wider.

Locke said the impact of the docuseries on the Sussexes’ relationship with King and Queen Camilla is “less clear”.

“They’ve made efforts to reconnect with Harry, Meghan and their grandchildren over the past year with private visits when the family has been in the UK,” she stressed. Referring to the third episode of the series, in which historian Afua Hirsch says “racist images” are on display in the royal palaces, Locke said any action Charles took to “punish” the Sussexes would be “misplaced”.

“At the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in June, the King who is also Head of the Commonwealth, said ‘the time has come’ to recognize our past and the painful and lasting impact of slavery,” he said.

“Isn’t that what the docuseries does by highlighting the history of the monarchy’s role in the slave trade? It may not be how Charles would have chosen to approach the conversation, but punishing Harry and Meghan, or his mixed-race nephews by removing their titles, would be out of step with his own words.

However, Locke said he believes whether Harry and Meghan will be welcome at the king’s coronation next spring will depend on the contents of the programme’s second volume, which is due out on Dec. 15.

It could also depend on the content of Harry’s next memoirs, Replacementwhich will be released on January 10, as well as the public reaction to the rest of the series.

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