Duke and Duchess accuse press of constructing misleading narrative about their step back from duties.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have responded to criticism on their decision to include personal video snippets and images in the documentary that they released on Netflix.
The story that Harry and Meghan’s desire for more privacy was a primary motivation for their decision to step back from royal duties and leave the UK, according to a spokesman for the couple, is not accurate.
According to a statement released by the couple’s worldwide press secretary, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “have never mentioned privacy as the reason for stepping back.”
“This exaggerated account was devised with the intention of intimidating the couple into silence.
“In point of fact, the statement in which they announced their intention to stand aside makes no mention of their wish to protect their privacy and instead emphasises their determination to carry on with their jobs and public responsibilities.
Any indication to the contrary relates to an important principle brought up throughout this series.
They’ve decided to share their tale on their own terms, but the tabloids have spread a falsehood about them that has influenced media coverage and public opinion. Truth is staring them in the face.
The two have taken media outlets to court on privacy concerns.
The upcoming documentary about Harry and Meghan is likely to reveal the harsh conflict within the royal family that preceded the couple’s departure from the UK.
Despite being mostly spared in the first three episodes, Buckingham Palace is hinted to be under siege in the next three episodes, which premiere next Thursday and were dubbed “The Firm” by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
At the one minute mark, Meghan can be heard saying, “This is when a family and a family company come in direct confrontation.”
However, Harry insists, “Everything that’s occurred to us was always going to happen to us…” From the looks of the teaser, it sounds like Meghan realises that “it’s never going to end” after some initial resistance.
Harry did accuse his family of unconscious racial bias and failing to protect Meghan from racially inflammatory reportage, but so far the pair has concentrated on the early stages of their relationship and directed their ire at the media.
The following three parts will begin airing next Thursday and will chronologically detail their dramatic exit and its consequences, with Buckingham Palace bracing for many more devastating disclosures. One royal insider warned the Times, “Next week will be poison.”
On Thursday, 2.4 million people in the UK watched the premiere. Some conservative UK publications have even called for the couple’s titles to be stripped after the documentary received negative press.
Bob Seely, a Conservative Member of Parliament, has promised to introduce legislation to make this possible.
The Isle of Wight representative has hinted that he may introduce a brief private member’s bill in the new year that would allow for a resolution to be voted on by the House of Commons and, if successful, would give the Privy Council the authority to reduce the couple’s royal status.
However, the British government’s Downing Street has stated that it does not support the action.
Deputy Spokesperson Rishi Sunak responded, “I assume you are talking to a private member’s bill, which we do not support,” when asked about moves to strip the duo of their titles in parliament.
His next comment was that “matters for the palace” included everything related to the Netflix show.
Some of the allegations made by the pair have been called into doubt by a variety of people, including journalists from the BBC.
The assertion that Meghan made, which may be summarised as follows: “No matter what I did, they were still going to find a way to ruin me,” was deemed “absurd” by the royal correspondent for the BBC, Nicholas Witchell.
On Thursday night at ten o’clock, Witchell appeared on BBC One’s News at Ten and said the following: “The first point, who is the ‘they’ she is referring to?
In particular, I believe it to be the press. However, I believe it to be the palace.
“But the idea that somebody was out to ruin her, really, is ludicrous in my opinion, and it simply does not hold up under serious and rational inspection,” you may say.
Mishal Husain, who conducted Meghan’s engagement interview for the BBC, responded by saying that “recollections may differ” in response to Meghan’s assertion that the interview was “orchestrated reality show.”