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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry documentary is ‘self-serving twaddle’: royal expert

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry determined to tell their “whole story” His explosive Netflix documentaryBut a royal expert says she has painted herself as a “Kardashian on regal grounds”.

On Thursday, the streaming giant released the first three hour-long episodes of “Harry & Meghan,” with three more due on Dec. 15. The program includes new interviews with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well as their friends and experts. On race and the media. It also exposed never-before-seen photos of the couple as well as video diaries they recorded – apparently on their phones – from March 2020 amid their acrimonious split from the British royal family.

“I think this is the biggest stack of self serving Twaddle I’ve seen in a long time,” Nick Bullen, co-founder True Royalty Tv, told Fox News Digital. “I mean, please, how much have we heard of this before? I think Netflix is ​​probably really annoyed by the Oprah interview.” [from March 2021] Because he really got all the juicy stuff. This is a rehearsal of a lot of things we’ve heard about such as Harry’s anger with the press. We have heard of so-called institutional racism in Britain. We’ve heard about the formality of the British royal family, how Meghan was a breath of fresh air the first time around – we’ve heard it all before.”

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, released the first installment of their Netflix documentary on Thursday.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, released the first installment of their Netflix documentary on Thursday.
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“What is most shocking to me is that this is a couple who has gone on to have a private life,” Bullen shared. “He was fed up with press intrusion and wanted his privacy. And in this series, he has not only opened up his home, he has also revealed his text messages, he has shown pictures of his most private moments – There are even pictures of the moment Harry got down on one knee and proposed. It’s just hypocrisy beyond belief that they wanted privacy and now they’re opening up every single aspect of their lives.

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Bullen is an award winning documentarian who has been making programs about the British Royal Family for over 20 years. also worked with Harry’s father, King Charles IIIfor almost a decade.

As a filmmaker, Bullen said the program is more like “a reality show” than a documentary addressing all sides of the royal saga. They also wondered why the Sussexes opened their lives to public consumption after they voluntarily chose to leave their roles as senior royals and move to California. The couple lives in the coastal city of Montecito, where they are raising their two children.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live with their son Archie and their daughter Lilibet in Montecito, California.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live with their son Archie and their daughter Lilibet in Montecito, California.
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“It’s great for viewers in the context of a reality show, but if they want to have some privacy in their lives why do they feel the need to share that with us?” he wondered. “That’s the thing that surprised me the most, just how thrown out it was. I was also really surprised that it’s being billed as a documentary. It’s not a documentary. It’s a reality show. This Kardashian is on a royal premise. A documentary has some form of editorial balance and questions are asked. Opinions are raised. But there are no questions. There are no opinions. There is only one truth in this series – and that Harry and Meghan have the truth.”

“I think the main shock and surprise is the use of some of those intimate moments,” Bullen continued. “You know, the royal family – and Harry and Meghan – have been very open about, you know, revealing so much of their lives. So they’re very careful to protect what they can. And they Personal moments are things they want to cherish and keep largely private. And yet Harry and Meghan are telling us all about their trip to Africa. It was [a] Moments when they just went away to be the two of them. No one needs to know what happened there, but they are showing pictures of there. They are also revealing that they didn’t know how to greet each other in the moments before the plane. And then they shared a kiss in the back of the Land Rover.”

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The series began with the story of Harry and Markle’s courtship and the initial enthusiasm that greeted their relationship. What was supposed to be a fairy tale romance between a British prince and an American actress took a dark turn with the intense media scrutiny faced by Markle, 41. It reminded Harry, 38 his mother Princess Diana She was treated before dying in a car accident while being chased by paparazzi.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for a photo in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London on November 27, 2017 after announcing their engagement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for a photo in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London on November 27, 2017 after announcing their engagement.
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At one point, the former “Suits” star compared their engagement interview to an “orchestrated reality TV show.” However, Bullen pointed out that the Sussexes were only following royal protocol.

“I think the engagement and wedding followed all normal royal protocol,” he said. “I don’t think anyone would ever describe those engagement interviews as a ‘reality show.'” they’re a very choreographed news show on a news [outlet], Weddings are in many ways not entirely state events, but certainly national events with all the pageantry associated with a royal wedding. So I think Meghan is somewhat confused. To call it a reality show and not realize she’s making her own reality show right now is somewhat surprising.”

In the documentary, the Sussexes said they initially tried to follow the palace’s advice to stay quiet about the press coverage. The couple alleged that members of the royal family said it was a ritual they all go through. But the couple said they felt compelled to tell their story because something was off about the behavior of Markle, who is biracial.

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Prince Harry reflected on his mother Princess Diana's struggle with the paparazzi.  The Princess of Wales died in 1997 from injuries sustained in a Paris car crash.  She was 36 years old.  Photographers were following Diana at the time of the accident.

Prince Harry reflected on his mother Princess Diana’s struggle with the paparazzi. The Princess of Wales died in 1997 from injuries sustained in a Paris car crash. She was 36 years old. Photographers were following Diana at the time of the accident.
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“I said, ‘There’s an inter-race element here,'” Harry said.

That prejudice has deep roots in the history of the British Empire, which was enriched by the enslavement of black people and the drain of wealth from colonies in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, said historian and author David Olusoga on the program. Large numbers of black and Asian people moved to Britain since the Second World War, changing the face of the nation.

At one point, Harry expressed deep remorse for wearing a Nazi uniform to a friend’s costume party in 2005, when he was 20. She called it “one of the biggest mistakes of my life” and insisted that she “felt very embarrassed afterwards.”

Prince Harry said he deeply regrets dressing up as a Nazi for a friend's costume party.  he called it "One of the biggest mistakes of my life."

Prince Harry said he deeply regrets dressing up as a Nazi for a friend’s costume party. He called it “one of the biggest mistakes of my life”.
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“I sat down and talked to the chief rabbi in London, who had a profound effect on me,” he recalled in the series. “I went to Berlin and talked to a Holocaust survivor.”

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Bullen said he was not surprised by Harry’s decision to look back on the controversy as the couple were “going to address whatever moments they want to address.”

“That was a moment that had to be looked at whether they were ever going to try and close the chapter on that,” Bullen said. “Otherwise, there will always be questions like that. But there are a lot of things that are left hanging, a lot of areas that haven’t been explored because I don’t think they’ll necessarily fit the narrative. But who knows, maybe they will next.” comes in three parts … they seem bent on discussing only their own advertising.”

Nick Bullen said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should stop using their royal titles after the Netflix documentary.

Nick Bullen said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should stop using their royal titles after the Netflix documentary.
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There have been calls by critics in the UK for 74-year-old Charles the Sussexes to be stripped of their royal titles. Bullen said although she does not believe the monarch would like to do so for her son, she thinks the Sussexes should stop using their royal titles altogether.

“If they don’t want to be part of the royal family, if they feel that their kind of royalty has harmed them in so many ways, if they feel that the formality of the institution goes against their principles, then… Seems a bit hypocritical to have the baggage of royalty,” he said. “Why do they need titles?”

Charles was asked if he had watched the series as he got engaged in London on Thursday. He didn’t answer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.