Meghan and Harry teaser released to get press attention

Meghan Markle jokes with Take That in 2018

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The timing for the release of the teaser for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix documentary was deliberately intended to “get a rise” out of the British press, according to a royal expert. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Marlene Eilers Koenig shared her thoughts on the overlap of the release with Prince William and Kate’s visit to Boston for the Earthshot Prize.

The six-part series, called Harry and Meghan, is expected to be broadcast on Netflix very soon and promises to offer an intimate look behind the scenes of their relationship.

Ms Koenig said of the timing of the release: “It is the intention to get a massive rise out of the press, especially the British press, of that there is no doubt.

“Netflix could have released the trailer on Saturday but they didn’t.”

This Friday will see the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony take place in Boston, a huge project for the Prince of Wales as he attempts to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.

When asked if the royal visit would be overshadowed by the trailer release, Ms Koenig continued: “Only if the press chooses to do so. The Boston media is focused on the royal visit.

“However, I do think the US media, the mainstream media, realizes that this was intentional because William and Catherine are having a successful visit.”

However, the expert does not believe that the overlap was the intention of Prince Harry and Meghan, adding: “I would like to think no, but it is too obvious to many people that this is was intended to try and take the focus off the Prince and Princess of Wales.

“Even Scobie had a snarky tweet or two about the release, with a dig against Earthshot.”

The author Omid Scobie shared a clip of the trailer on his Twitter page, captioning the post: “If tomorrow is Prince William’s Super Bowl, then here’s your Halftime Show…”

In the minute long trailer black and white images of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are shown, as well as photos of the British royals and newspapers printing played in fast-forward.

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Prince Harry tells the camera: “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.

“I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”

Meghan also adds towards the end of the trailer: “When the stakes were this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

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