UK press reaction to Netflix’s Prince Harry and Meghan documentary series – The Hollywood Reporter

Netflix’s much talked about documentary series Harry & Meghan dropped on Thursday, and although the first three episodes revealed little new information, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s blunt criticism of the British press sparked a predictable hysterical response from UK newspapers and some politicians.

In the series, Prince Harry describes how the UK’s tabloids regularly exaggerate, distort and fabricate stories about the couple. He added that newspapers will give reporters the fanciful title of “Reporters Royal” to give their claims “more credibility”. The Sussexes also recounted numerous times their privacy was invaded and hunted by paparazzi.

Prince Harry added that the royal family’s stance on the hostile press coverage of his relationship with Markle was “a rite of passage.”

hollywood reporterThe review of the series said, “Harry & Meghan offers too little of a sense of freshness to be worthy of six luxurious episodes for all but the most ardent royal followers. But the reaction in the British tabloids was swift and overwhelming, the extent of wall-to-wall coverage once again illustrating the symbiotic relationship between the royal family and the more downstream press.

tabloid Sun and Daily mailThe two newspapers for which Prince Harry has launched legal action in the past over their reporting, jumped on the heels of launching troves of documents to flood their websites with content. guardMedia reporter Jim Waterson wrote that “within two hours of the release of the first episodes, the top 12 stories on Online email it’s all about the couple, complete with pictures, gifs and screenshots. Sun curated seven online couple stories within the first two hours.

Television talk shows and opinion programs also cover extensive archives. Piers Morgan, who stormed on the set of ITV Good morning England When challenged about his views on Markle and subsequently lost his job, he dedicated his Talk TV show to the couple, inviting the Duchess of Sussex’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. . as a guest to beat the couple.

And it’s not just the British press reacting to Harry & Meghan with hostility. Bob Seely, a Conservative member of Parliament, has said he plans to introduce legislation to strip the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of their royal titles. “Along with destroying his family and monetizing his misery for public consumption, [Prince Harry] are also attacking some important institutions in this country,” Seely told PA Press Agency.

The front pages of the Friday morning editions of UK newspapers are also flooded with news about the Netflix series. In typical free fashion, the Sussexes’ bete noire Daily mail invoked the late Queen Elizabeth II by posting two unflattering front-page photographs of the couple and the headline, “Palace furious at ‘Attack on Queen’s Heritage’.” Citing palace insiders, the newspaper’s royal editor stated that the Sussexes “wants to bring down the monarchy.” Daily mail also featured three different sections on the Sussexes from its front-page star columnists.

Sunowned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., led with “Harry the Nasty” (Harry the Nasty), a front-page callback to “Harry the Nazi” (Harry the Nazi) from 2005. This newspaper, like like many other newspapers, suggested the series was supposed to tarnish the legacy of the late queen, and cited sources close to the royal family as saying they were in a “sad state.”

Daily NewsAnother right-wing tabloid not known for its moderate views on Prince Harry and Markle, published on its front page the words: “The royal family is ‘deeply annoyed’ by Harry’s slurs. .” Daily telegrama more upmarket newspaper, but also obsessed with coverage of the royal family, also echoed the press’s feeling that Harry & Meghan was a “direct blow” to the late queen’s legacy.

MirrorLikewise, the front page of the Sussexes also took the lead, but the tabloid chose to criticize all sides for its focus on the royal soap opera amid the cost of living crisis.

The central newspapers also couldn’t help but put the Sussexes on their front pages, but guardian chose to highlight its withered rating of Harry & Meghan and London era focuses on the royal family’s ongoing feud with Netflix over its roles in both new documentaries and Crown.

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