Rishi Sunak is preparing to give Ofcom the strength to take on Netflix in the wake of the Harry and Meghan series row

Rishi Sunak is preparing to give Ofcom the power to take on Netflix in the wake of the row over the Harry and Meghan documentary

  • Ministers are planning a new law to give Ofcom powers over the streaming giants
  • Ofcom will be able to investigate them for breaches of the new Code of Conduct
  • The plans will form part of the government’s Media Bill and could be next year

Rishi Sunak is set to give Ofcom the power to take on Netflix in the wake of a row over the accuracy of the Harry and Meghan documentary.

Ofcom does not currently regulate Netflix, but ministers are planning a new law to give it enforcement powers over the streaming giants, the Telegraph reported.

The UK telecoms regulator will be able to investigate Netflix, Amazon Prime and other services if the new code of conduct is breached and issue fines of up to £250,000.

Plans to create a legal basis for Ofcom to regulate broadcast services will form part of the government’s media bill and could be as soon as next year.

Rishi Sunak set to give Ofcom power to direct or establish to take on Netflix following row over accuracy in Harry and Meghan documentary

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex detailed their experiences that led to their decision to step away from royal duties and make a fresh start in the US in the Harry & Meghan series, a six-part series.

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex detailed their experiences that led to their decision to step away from royal duties and make a fresh start in the US in the Harry & Meghan series, a six-part series.

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex detailed their experiences that led to their decision to step away from royal duties and make a fresh start in the US in the Harry & Meghan series, a six-part series.

One of the trailers contains misrepresentations that marked the couple’s Netflix project, using “fake” footage to illustrate the couple’s media harassment.

Meghan talks about “feeding it to the wolves” accompanied by a photo of her supposedly being chased by a bank of paparazzi.

Except for the photo that was clearly captured when she flew on a private jet to New York for a lavish baby shower when she was expecting her first child, Archie, accompanied by a team of taxpayer-funded police officers.

The paparazzi footage included in the trailer was actually filmed with former glamor model Katie Price arriving for a drunk-driving court appearance.

Meanwhile, a photo was taken showing Banks of the paparazzi waiting at the Harry Potter premiere without a royal presence.

Ofcom does not currently regulate Netflix, but ministers are planning a new law to give it enforcement powers over the streaming giants

Ofcom does not currently regulate Netflix, but ministers are planning a new law to give it enforcement powers over the streaming giants

NETFLIX: This photo of a casually dressed Prince Harry in a photomontage appeared in a crossover clip on Netflix

NETFLIX: This photo of a casually dressed Prince Harry in a photomontage appeared in a crossover clip on Netflix

Fact: The photo was actually taken in September 2007 when Prince Harry met his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy at Heathrow Airport.  Netflix has cut Chelsey and it appears they have added an emphasis filter to their flash photography

Fact: The photo was actually taken in September 2007 when Prince Harry met his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy at Heathrow Airport. Netflix has cut Chelsey and it appears they have added an emphasis filter to their flash photography

NETFLIX: Another image used in Harry and Meghan's first Netflix trailer

NETFLIX: Another image used in Harry and Meghan’s first Netflix trailer

Fact: But instead of showing the paparazzi fighting for space to capture Harry and Meghan, the photo is actually from the Harry Potter premiere

Fact: But instead of showing the paparazzi fighting for space to capture Harry and Meghan, the photo is actually from the Harry Potter premiere

Meghan confirmed at one point that her and Harry’s engagement interview with the BBC’s Mishaal Hussain was a “structured reality show” where they “were not allowed to tell our story”.

The Radio 4 host waded into the debate, gasping live when she heard the claim before saying “Memories may vary” in response to the assertion.

One of the sources who participated in the interview process said: ‘Every word in that interview is what they want to say. She (Meghan) was in control of every minute detail of how their engagement went public.

At one point, the footage shows paparazzi walking around a car as Meghan says: ‘I realized they were [the Royal Household] She will never protect you.

The trailer then cuts to a picture of Meghan wiping her eyes, apparently crying.

But the footage of the car was filmed outside the home of Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, as he left to start a prison sentence in 2019.

Another picture showed Harry and Meghan walking away with their infant son Archie as a photographer appeared to wave at them from a hidden vantage point.

Journalist Robert Jobson said the photo was taken when the couple met Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, and that Harry and Meghan agreed on a place where three officially accredited British photographers and journalists could stand.

He said using the photo as an example of press interference was a “total farce”.

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