Harry and Meghan ‘want control, not privacy’ in Netflix doc, says expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want "control of the narrative" rather than privacy, an expert said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released the first three episodes of their six-part Netflix docuseries on Thursday (December 8), featuring intimate clips of their family life – despite the pair being vocal about wanting to keep their home life private.

Royal expert Gertrude Daly of Gert's Royals told the Daily Star: "The Sussexes don’t want complete privacy. They want control of the narrative. They only want to show you what they have agreed upon, and carefully framed."

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She added that the pair have historically tried to keep children Archie and Lilibet out of the limelight until the release of the documentary, which features the kids regularly.

"The couple has been very protective of their children, and we have very rarely seen them, yet Archie and Lilibet were featured a lot in this documentary," Daly added.

"And the couple usually super private showed us intimate family photos, all around their private home, and not just the public spaces, but their bedroom, their children’s bedroom…

"The documentary was a very intimate look at part of the couple’s life. They let us into their home; we got to see a part of them we had never seen before and meet friends we hadn’t heard from before."

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Daly added that the pair had a huge amount of say in the way they were portrayed, using their own production company to ensure they came across well.

"I think it is important to remember this was co-produced by the Sussexes’ Production company.

"The couple had a lot of control over the narrative.

"It was carefully crafted to pull at the viewer’s heartstrings and make Harry and Meghan the sympathetic victims.

"The Sussexes’ narrative is everything was done to them. They had little agency or influence over decisions," she added.

And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have come under fire for sharing intimate moments with the public rather than with their royal relatives.

The series' first episode saw Meghan show son Archie a picture of the late Princess Diana, while Harry narrated the scene.

Meghan could be heard saying: "Hey, Grandma, Yeah. That's your Grandma Diana."

Meanwhile, Harry said: "So much of what Meghan is, and how she is, is so similar to my mum."

But expert Kinsey Schofield said this intimate moment should have been shared with the couple's royal relatives, not anonymous fans at home.

"Harry and Meghan described the photo of Diana in Archie’s room during the Oprah interview,' Schofield told the Daily Star.

"That kind of felt sacred and morbid [because] William has never stepped foot in that house. [He] hardly knows his niece and nephew.

"It feels strange to share a moment like that with strangers when you know how strained the family is and how they would be seeing a private moment like that for the first time with us."

The documentary is the latest in a series of interviews, books and podcasts the couple have released since stepping down as working royals in January 2020.

The pair have previously accused the Royal Family of racism and of failing to protect them from the invasive paparazzi, which they claim prompted their infamous exit from the Firm.

The second batch of episodes will be released on December 15.

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