Netflix filming on the Sussexes
Royals worried about visitors to California
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 are arriving with a Netflix film crew.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, along with their children Archie and Lilibet, will travel to the UK from their adopted California home in early June for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Sussexes announced it on Friday.
This would be a first step towards reconciliation. At the same time, however, concern is set to grow that conversations the emigrated couple will have with senior royals at Harry’s former home will be used as material for the two’s Netflix documentaries. Harry’s brother Prince William, in particular, is said to be “concerned” about it, as reported by The Sun. “William wants to talk to Harry and try to bridge the gap between them, but he’s afraid the subject will come up on Netflix, on Oprah or in Harry’s next 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 Oprah Winfrey’s interview of Harry and Meghan in March 2021, during which they made dramatic statements about the royal family.
Ban on filming 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 wanted 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 £112million deal in September 2020. However, the film crew could blend into the crowd and accompany the couple while in the VIP areas at public anniversary events.
On Friday, royal experts warned 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 were forced to accept a downgraded role – along with all the other VIPs – but they are obviously keen not to be left behind. Unless the palace is very cautious, the Sussexes are going to 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 attend the Trooping the Color Parade on June 2. However, you will attend some events over the weekend.