Harry and Meghan’s Netflix show bought the security they craved – but it came at a price

  • Harry and Meghan have been criticized for “taking advantage” of their royal titles in the Netflix deal

  • The couple used their six-part docuseries to accuse the palace of failing to support them amid racism and mental health struggles.

  • Omid Scobey, Yahoo UK’s executive royal editor, says the deal will help the couple achieve financial and personal security since stepping back from life as “working” senior royals.

  • Read on below for Omid Scobie’s exclusive take on the documentary

Private photos of Harry and Meghan are included in the Netflix documentary. (Netflix)

Harry and Meghan’s decision to open up their private lives on Netflix and talk about their personal feelings for the royal family may be a price worth paying for the security they crave.

The controversial six-part series sent relations with the monarchy to a new low after they made devastating claims that could irreparably sever ties with the Prince of Wales.

Among the most damaging were Harry’s description of a tense “Megxit” meeting in 2020 in which he accused William of yelling at him, Kensington Palace aides of later lying to “protect my brother” about allegations of bullying, and King Charles of saying untrue things in front of the Queen.

The documentary also saw the couple open up about their psychological struggles – particularly Meghan’s – and accuse sections of the media of fueling the hatred directed against them. The issue of racism features prominently in the opening episodes amid allegations that the palace has not done enough to support Meghan.

Meghan rests her head in her hand in the new trailer for the two Netflix docuseries.  (Netflix)

Megan rests her head in her hand during an episode of the Netflix documentary series. (Netflix)

Reactions to the program have been mixed. Omid Scobey, Yahoo UK’s executive royal editor, says there are likely several reasons why the duke and duchess chose to embark on a project that would expose them personally — particularly when they were already subject to such intense security.

Since they moved back as senior members of the royal family, the couple had to pay for their own security. In the documentary, they talk about the scary moment when their location in Canada was leaked to the press and they are left feeling exposed and vulnerable.

Scobie told Yahoo: “I’d imagine that—given the things they were afraid of and their safety was one of them—to bring so much into this documentary was still worth it for them to know they have their own security and safety for the rest of their lives.”

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He also noted that “this is a story the couple clearly needed to tell”, adding that the traumatic experiences Harry and Meghan had gone through in the past year were all too plain to see.

“You could tell from some of the footage that they were dealing with psychological trauma,” he said. “I think that’s something that still sits with them, despite the creation of a new life. And obviously sharing their story in a way was kind of a final step to freeing themselves from the shackles of that experience.”

Intimate moments from Harry and Meghan's private lives are included in the trailer.  (Netflix)

Intimate moments from Harry and Meghan’s private lives are included in the series. (Netflix)

The truth about how Megan feels in light of the threats to her life is presented starkly in the series. In one scene, she tearfully discusses how she sees tabloids and the media have so perpetuated hate against her that they have escalated threats against her life.

“[The media] Make people want to kill me. It’s not just a tabloid, and it’s not just a story. You make me scared right? Are my children safe? And you created it for what? Are you bored or because they are selling your cards? “

The documentary was released shortly after the UK’s former head of counter-terrorism revealed that Meghan was the subject of “disgusting and credible” plots.

Watch: Investigating disgusting plots against Meghan Markle

Harry previously discussed the impact of removing his security during the couple’s interview with Oprah in 2021. He claimed the royal family had justified the withdrawal of his security because he was no longer a working royal, but that’s when he asked if it was a risk to his life. Life was different in that light, his family asserted, “It wasn’t.”

“I was born into this position, I inherited the risk,” Harry added at the time.

Scobie noted that despite the fact that the couple had good reason to accept such a “lucrative” deal and ensure their continued safety, “Netflix is ​​certainly the real winner in every way here.”

On the public’s reaction to the couple following the release of the documentary series, Scobie added: “Did they win new supporters? Maybe, in small batches, but the people who feel negative about them feel any different? I don’t think so. Do you? The people who supported them and felt they were Abused feel any differently?

“And if that was Harry and Meghan’s goal – and I don’t think it was – but if that was their goal, they certainly wouldn’t have achieved it.”

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have not commented on the Netflix documentary.

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