‘Thriller’ Netflix doc ends hopes of Harry and Meghan royal return, warns expert
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new Netflix documentary finally has a release date – and another shocking trailer.
The six-part series detailing the couple's experience as working royals will arrive on the streaming platform later this week and contains a series of bombshell claims, including accusations that the royal family played a "dirty game".
But royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star that this latest release has sealed the couple's fate and that a royal reconciliation will likely be off the table.
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"It makes it clear the series will be sensational," Fitzwilliams said.
"After the first trailer, whose release was deliberately timed to disrupt William and Catherine’s visit to Boston, this heightens the narrative," he added.
"I don’t think there will be much talk of reconciliation after what is coming in the docuseries and in the memoir!"
The trailer sees the Duke of Sussex tease more about the couples' time as working royals, claiming "we know the full truth."
"There's a hierarchy of the family," Harry narrates over clips of the royal family.
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"You know, there's leaking, but there's also planting of stories."
Meanwhile, a commentator featured in the documentary is heard explaining: "There was a war against Meghan to suit other people's agendas," while another chimes in: "It's about hatred. It's about race."
Fitzwilliams speculated that even these claims were deliberately timed to paint the royals in a bad light.
"It’s dramatic 'about hatred. about race,' this links it to the recent race row," Fitzwilliams explained.
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"Leaking and planting of stories – this came up on Oprah, [the Sussexes said] they were conspired against."
The new trailer also seems to draw comparisons between Meghan and Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris 25 years ago.
"Shots of Diana and the fate of women marrying into the institution, Meghan, we are told, could be following in her footsteps," Fitzwilliam continued.
"Clearly a theme will be how courtiers and the press plotted to destroy them so they had to escape.
"The trailer is like a thriller. Their brand relies on their royal status as does their work."
The trailer comes days before the series' first installments are due to be released, with the second batch of episodes set to land on December 15.
This is the second trailer released to promote the series, the first of which – published on December 1 – attracted controversy of its own.
The first clip features a series of black-and-white photos of the Sussexes, with both Harry and Meghan also speaking directly to the camera.
Harry is heard saying: "No one sees what's happening behind closed doors," with a shot of Meghan holding her face in her hands which then flips to an image of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
"I had to do everything I could to protect my family," Harry continues.
The trailer ends with Meghan saying: "When the stakes are this high, doesn't it make more sense to hear our story from us?"
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