Look, I’ll admit it. I couldn’t care less about most of the British monarchy. I’ve never been a fan of King Charles. Like many people around the world, I condemned his continuing relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles while married to Princess Diana. I hated the way the media hounded Diana, especially after her divorce from Charles. The latter hounding is why I call “BS!” every time I see Prince Harry whining about wanting his privacy and fearing for the safety of his wife and children because “media!”. If he was so worried about that, why in the world did he agree to the Oprah interview, write the book and agree to the Netflix series that will only stir up more controversy, more media interest and keep the Sussexes in the public eye?
The answer is simple: he might or might not want to live a private life but his wife sure as hell doesn’t.
Remember, the couple fled the UK, stepping down as working royals to do so, for the “privacy” and “mental health”. But instead of fading into the background like you’d expect, they did the exact opposite. They tried capitalizing on their royal connections online until Queen Elizabeth II shut that down. They did the Oprah interview, knowing it would not only act like chum to the media but that it would piss off the Royals back home in England. They signed a deal with Netflix for megabucks, promising to spill the beans on how badly the House of Windsor treated them.
But they want their privacy.
Now, only a few months after the death of Harry’s supposedly beloved “granny”, QEII, the Netflix series is about to be released. As if there wasn’t enough controversy surrounding it, we’re starting to see what a shitshow it’s going to be.
Or, perhaps, we should look at it as the work of fiction most of us expected.
In the first trailer released by Netflix, we’re treated to a scene that shows a large number of “paparazzi” trying to get a photo of what we are expected to believe is the royal couple. Except it isn’t. They were trying to get shots of the stars of the Harry Potter movies.
The last shot of that first trailer is Meghan sitting there saying something along the lines of “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”
They chose to leave their roles as active royals. They chose to leave England. They claimed it was to protect their privacy, etc., but every time you turn around, there they are. All too often, they are playing the victim. But are they really the victims here?
The second trailer adds to the problematical nature of this project, at least in my eyes. More questionable images. More attempts to paint them into the role of hounded victims like Princess Diana. More, well, just more.
One of the images shown in the trailer was taken when the Sussexes, along with son Archie, toured Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s South African residence several years ago. The photo is taken from a balcony and is presumably meant to illustrate how far photogs will go to get a shot of the royal couple. Except there’s a problem, one that shoots holes in their narrative.
You see, that wasn’t some random paparazzo. The photographer was part of the accredited press presence at Bishop Desmond’s home.
This photograph used by @Netflix and Harry and Meghan to suggest intrusion by the press is a complete travesty. It was taken from a accredited pool at Archbishop Tutu’s residence in Cape Town. Only 3 people were in the accredited position. H & M agreed the position. I was there. pic.twitter.com/nvjznlloLF
— Robert Jobson (@theroyaleditor) December 5, 2022
All I can do is shake my head and wonder why two people, two parents, who claim to be so worried about their privacy and the safety of their children continue to stir the media waters and court so much media attention.
Will I be watching the series?
I won’t reward either the Sussexes or Netflix by doing so. Perhaps instead of spending so much time trying to convince us they are victims, they might want to concentrate on their family and on attaining the privacy they claim they so desperately want.
Frankly, all this reminds me of a PR effort and makes me wonder if it isn’t part of Markle’s desire to become President. Since she can’t be Queen, why not be the first woman POTUS?
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