Netflix shoot about Sussexes
Royals worry about visitors from California
05/09/2022 3:29 p.m
For the first time since ‘Megxit’, the Sussexes are returning to the UK with their children Archie and Lilibet. But Buckingham Palace already seems concerned that Harry and Meghan will arrive with a Netflix camera crew.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, along with their children Archie and Lilibet, will travel to the UK from their adopted home of California in early June for the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The Sussexes announced this on Friday.
It would be a first step towards reconciliation. At the same time, however, concern should grow that the conversations that the emigrated couple will have with the royal family members in Harry’s old home will be used as material for the Netflix documentaries of the two. Harry’s brother Prince William in particular is said to be “concerned” about it, as reported by The Sun. “William wants to speak to Harry and try to bridge the gap between them, but he’s afraid the topic will come up on Netflix, on Oprah, or in Harry’s upcoming book,” the source said.
The two brothers and Queen’s grandchildren were last seen in July 2021 at the unveiling of a statue at Kensington Palace honoring their mother, Princess Diana. At the time, sources claimed Prince William was “angry” and didn’t want to attend the event after Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview in March 2021, during which they made dramatic claims about the royal family.
Film ban in the palace?
Palace officials are also said to be concerned that the attention of a Netflix film crew accompanying Harry and Meghan as part of their multi-million dollar deal with the streaming giant could distract from the anniversary celebrations.
The consultants reportedly want to prevent the Netflix team from filming the anniversary events at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. They don’t want the celebrations to be ‘exploited’ by the production team after the pair signed the £112m deal in September 2020. However, the film crew could blend in with the crowd and accompany the couple while they are in VIP areas at public anniversary events.
On Friday, royal experts warned that Harry and Meghan’s return to the UK could become the “focus” of the Queen’s platinum jubilee. Royal biographer Tom Bower told the Daily Mail: “They’ve been forced to accept a downgraded role – along with all the other VIPs – but they’re obviously anxious not to be left out. Unless the palace is very careful , the Sussexes will use the celebrations to their advantage,” he said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are no longer in royal service at their own request, will not be able to join the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Color parade on June 2. However, you will attend some events over the weekend.