Harry and Meghan ditch demands for ‘less publicity’ with new trailer

Harry and Meghan star in trailer for Netflix documentary

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released an attention-grabbing trailer for their new Netflix show, due to premiere December 8. The trailer, which has already attracted attention from thousands of social media users, included an array of photographs which captured intimate family moments with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As the series release date draws closer, some royal commentators have criticised the inclusion of such personal photographs in light of the couple’s previous demands for “less attention”.

Journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti spoke to Us Weekly’s Royally Us podcast to offer his analysis of the Netflix trailer.

Mr Sacerdoti reported: “The actual trailer itself can put to bed any doubts anyone might have had about their claims to want less attention and less publicity.

“In the opening seconds of this trailer alone, they have shared dozens of black and white photos.

“Instagram-style, filtered, private photos of themselves in love. I think it just makes a mockery of the idea that they wanted less attention.”

The trailer featured a selection of images capturing the couple throughout the years, including photos from their royal wedding. 

Alongside pictures that appeared to have been taken by professional photographers, there were lower-quality photos of the couple that looked to have been taken selfie-style in their home.

The trailer also included group photos taken from royal engagements, capturing the Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied by King Charles and the Queen Consort.

Towards the end of the clip, an extract from an interview with Meghan was played. The Duchess asked: “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

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The unprecedented insight into the personal relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex follows repeated demands for privacy from the couple.

In their 2021 interview, both Prince Harry and Meghan criticised the behaviour of the British press and suggested they had suffered a barrage of “negative” coverage after failing to provide the media with “full access” to their lives. 

Asked if their step down as senior royals was related to the intrusions of the UK press or a lack of “support” from the Royal Family, Prince Harry suggested: “It was both.”

Meghan has criticised “The Firm” for failing to “protect” her and her family from the glare of the media, suggesting that the Royal Family were willing to “lie” to shield other members of the monarchy, but not for her.

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Within the Netflix trailer, Prince Harry teased that the show will contain further revelations of their true experience at the forefront of royal life.

The Duke of Sussex suggested: “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.”

In another interview extract included within the trailer, he added: “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”

The tone set by the trailer correlates with earlier statements made by the Duchess of Sussex. In August of this year, Meghan told New York magazine The Cut: “When the media has shaped the story around you, it’s really nice to be able to tell your own story.”

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