LONDON ( Associated Press) – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have launched a scathing indictment of the British media and racism in a Netflix series that boosted coverage of their relationship, promising to tell the “whole story”. Is. estrangement between the couple and the royal family.
Through interviews with the couple as well as their friends and experts on race and media issues, the first three episodes of “Harry and Meghan” explore the close relationship between tabloid newspapers and the royal family, while also delving into the history of racism. Let’s discuss The British Empire and how it still pervades society. The episodes do not include opposing viewpoints and there is no response from any of the media organizations mentioned. Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.
“In this family, sometimes, you know, you’re part of the problem rather than the solution,” Enrique said in an episode that premiered Thursday. “There’s a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing about unconscious bias is that it’s really nobody’s fault. But once it’s pointed out or recognized within yourself, you have to fix it.”
The media’s treatment of Meghan – and what the couple perceive as a lack of support from royal institutions for this coverage – was at the heart of their complaints when they stepped down from royal duties nearly three years ago and moved south to California . Told with two dramatically edited trailers hinting at the “war on Meghan,” “Harry & Meghan” is the couple’s latest effort to tell their story.
The series comes at an important time for the monarchy, as King Charles III seeks to show that the institution still has a role to play after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose personal popularity has fueled the crown during her 70-year reign. Criticism was reduced. years. Charles seeks to prove that the House of Windsor can help unify an increasingly diverse nation, consisting of the many ethnic groups and religions that make up modern Britain during the early days of his reign.
Harry’s 2018 marriage to American actress Meghan Markle, a fraternity, was seen at the time as a boost to the royal family’s efforts to usher in the 21st century and make it more representative of a multicultural nation. But the fairy tale, which began with a star-studded ceremony at Windsor Castle, soon turned sour amid stories that Meghan was self-centered and harassed her staff.
Netflix premiered the first three hour-long episodes on Thursday, with three more debuting on December 15. The series includes video diaries recorded by Meghan and Harry – apparently on their cell phones – in March 2020, amid the couple’s bitter split from the royal family. Enrique said in a message, “It is my duty to expose the exploitation and bribery that takes place in the British media”. “Nobody knows the whole truth,” he says. “We know the whole truth.”
The series initially tells the story of Enrique and Meghan’s courtship and the excitement that their relationship initially enjoyed. But the tone changes when Harry faces intense media scrutiny Meghan, who reminded him of the treatment her mother Princess Diana was subjected to before she was killed in a car crash while being chased by photographers.
Enrique says, “Seeing another woman in my life, who I love, go through all this aggressive media coverage … it’s hard.” “It’s basically predator against prey.”
Harry and Meghan said they initially tried to follow the palace’s advice to stay quiet about press coverage, while other members of the royal family said it was a rite of passage everyone had to go through. But the couple said they felt compelled to tell their story because there was something different about their dealings with Meghan.
“I said, ‘There is a racial element here,'” Enrique said.
That prejudice has deep roots in the history of the British Empire, which prospered from the enslavement of black people and the drain of wealth from colonies in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, historian and author David Olusoga said on the show. It was only after the Second World War that large numbers of black and Asian people migrated to Britain and changed the face of the nation.
Those changes are reflected in the British media. Olusoga said that while blacks make up about 3.5% of the UK population, they make up just 0.2% of journalists.
“We have to recognize that this is a white industry…”, he said. “So the people who write these headlines do so in a newsroom that is almost entirely white, and they decide whether something has crossed the line of being racist.”
King Charles III was asked whether he had seen the series during an engagement in London on Thursday. do not answer.
Race became a central issue for the monarchy following Harry and Meghan’s interview with US television presenter Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. Meghan alleges that before the birth of their first child, a member of the royal family commented on how dark the baby’s skin might be.
Prince William, heir to the throne and older brother of Harry, defended the royal family after the interview, telling reporters: “We are not a racist family in any way.”
But Buckingham Palace faced fresh allegations of racism last week after a black advocate for domestic abuse survivors said a senior member of the royal household questioned her about her origins during a reception at the palace . Coverage of the issue filled the British media and dwarfed William and his wife Catherine’s much-anticipated visit to Boston, which the palace had hoped would highlight their environmental credentials.
Netflix’s decision to drop the first trailer for “Harry & Meghan” in the middle of the visit also drew media attention.
Despite what the series reveals, palace officials hope to weather the storm by portraying William and Catherine as forward-thinking young royals who, unlike Harry and Meghan, are focused on climate change and early childhood tackles difficult issues such as education, which have been described by critics. Just celebrities selling their story to the media.
The BBC and the Daily Telegraph, one of Britain’s most influential newspapers, picked up on the issue in their coverage of William and Catherine’s three-day visit to Boston, where they presented environmental awards, met anti-violence activists and attended a basketball game .
The Telegraph wrote, “While Prince Harry and Meghan continue to portray themselves as victims, with their faces in their hands, their hair disheveled, the prince and princess simply get to work.”