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The backlash begins over Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary

The trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new docuseries, Harry & Meghan, was recently shared by Netflix. The documentary promises to grant “unprecedented and in-depth” access into the life of the couple, who decided to “step back as ‘senior’ members” of the Royal Family in 2020. 

A spokesperson stated, “Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution. With commentary from friends and family, most of whom have never spoken publicly before about what they witnessed, and historians who discuss the state of the British Commonwealth today and the royal family’s relationship with the press, the series does more than illuminate one couple’s love story, it paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other.” 

However, the show, which is yet to air, is already facing backlash. Showbiz reporter Stephanie Takyi called the series “a declaration of war.” She continued, “[the show] is not going to be no light documentary over six episodes.” There will be “a lot of royal anxiety,” she claims. “This is William’s big night for the Earthshot prizes, and it’s now been overshadowed by his own brother, so a lot of the papers are rightly saying: ‘This is a declaration of war.'” 

“I thought this could be the change for them. This could actually bring them back together,” she added. People have been speculating that the couple’s docuseries has acted as a way to ‘one-up’ Prince William and Kate, who have recently travelled to the United States to promote the environmental Earthshot prize. 

In the new trailer, Harry says, “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.” Meghan adds, “When the stakes were this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?” 

It has been speculated that the docuseries will drop on December 8th, but there has been no official confirmation yet.