The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are fighting an “inner emotional war” with the royal family but the only winner will be Netflix, a PR expert has said.
Harry and Meghan’s documentary on the streaming service sent ties with the monarchy to a new low after they made damaging claims that could break the relationship irreparably with the Prince of Wales.
In another development, a former Queen’s communications secretary dismissed Harry’s suggestion that press officials representing different royals briefed on members of the royal family , saying that any such action would be “counterproductive”.
Crisis and public relations consultant Mark Borkowski says Netflix’s six-part documentary Harry & Meghan provides insight into their lavish California lifestyle, battles with media and difficulties with the royal family after their resignation, aimed at an America. not the UK, audience.
He said: “This is not a message for the UK, they have clearly given up on that, this is purely a message for Americans who understand that lifestyle.
“This is a war, a visceral emotional war they’re fighting in America, and they’re painting the royal family in a way that fits the story of The Crown so well.”
In the final installment of the Netflix documentary released this week, the duke accused his brother, the Prince of Wales, of shouting and yelling at him during the tense Sandringham and Kensington Palace summit of “lies of lying” to protect my brother” in issuing a statement denying a story William bullied him out of the royal family.
In a series of other shocking allegations against his family, Harry accused his father, now the King, of telling false things when the Queen gathered them together at Sandringham in January 2020 to resolve the Megxit crisis.
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Harry also claimed that his brother’s office, Kensington Palace, exchanged negative stories just as his father had done in the past, saying it was “heartbreaking” to see what he and William had promised that they would “never make” happen.
Ailsa Anderson, who served as the late Queen’s press and communications secretary, is said to have said the briefing against the royal family would only harm the monarchy.
She told ABC’s Good Morning America: “In the 13 years I’ve worked for the royal family, not once have I ever spoken briefly about another member of the royal family.
“It would be completely counterproductive; it will ruin the organization. That is wrong, and the Queen will not accept it.”
Harry and Meghan’s allegations sparked a backlash from several national newspapers, with The Sun running with front-page headlines Traitors & Responsible Persons, with a photo of William and his family Ta, and said the latest allegations sound like an “all-out war” declaration against the royal family.
In the US The Hollywood Reporter said of the Sussexes: “They show no signs of surrendering as episodes four through six plunge the Company deeper into reputational chaos, the heir to the throne now at its heart. “
Harry and Meghan are rumored to have signed a deal with Netflix worth tens of millions of dollars that will make them financially independent, one of their goals in stepping down as royals.
“The winners in this are Netflix, they are taking in huge amounts of money and obviously they want to get as much money back as possible,” Mr. Borkowski said.
Just hours after the finale aired on the streaming giant on Thursday, the royal family showed a united front, with William and the Princess of Wales bringing Prince George and the Princess to Charlotte attends Kate’s Christmas concert.
And the King looked relaxed on Friday as he enjoyed an impromptu dance with Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s step-sister, in celebration of the Jewish festival of Chanukah when he visited a Jewish community center Thai in north London.
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