King Charles 'devastated' over Prince Harry fallout says expert
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming Netflix documentary has been delayed, according to US reports. The streaming platform has already faced criticism from royal circles for controversial storylines in the upcoming series of The Crown, set to air on November 9.
US website Deadline has now said the Sussex documentary, initially expected to be released in December, has had its premiere date pushed back into next year.
A source told the outlet: “They’re rattled at Netflix, and they blinked first and decided to postpone the documentary.”
While the docuseries had not been given an official release date, sources have suggested it would have been before Christmas, weeks after the fifth series of The Crown is released.
There has already been some controversy surrounding the series after Netflix producers raised concerns that comments made by Harry and Meghan appeared to contradict what he wrote in his memoir.
The Crown’s upcoming fifth season has already sparked backlash after former Prime Minister John Major slammed a number of upcoming storylines.
One shows King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales, complaining to the former PM about having to take over the throne.
Mr Major claims the conversation never took place and described it as “malicious nonsense”.
Many others have questioned the timing of the release being particularly disrespectful given the recent passing of Her Majesty.
Official royal biographer of the Queen Mother William Shawcross told The Telegraph that the series is “odious and deliberately hurtful”.
He said: “The Crown is an odious series, filled with lies and half-truths encased in lace and velvet.
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“It is astonishingly and deliberately hurtful to individual members of the Royal Family, public servants who cannot answer back, let alone sue for damages.”
A Netflix spokesperson had said: “Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”
Netflix told Deadline on Monday that “there’s never been any documentary from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed”.
The Express has approached the Sussexes for comment.
Additional reporting by Christopher Bucktin.
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