In a new interview Harry and Megan Director Liz Garbus talked about making a docuseries about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the difficulties they encountered in dealing with the royal family.
“Buckingham Palace said we have not reached out for comment (on the docuseries) when we did,” Garbus said. Vanity purse. “They did that to discredit us… and by discrediting us, they can discredit the content of the show… We’ve had some of those moments that were a little bit like Alice through the looking glass.”
At the start of the six-episode docuseries, a disclaimer reads: “Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the contents of this series.” However, shortly after the premiere of Volume I (the first three episodes), royal sources said Netflix made no attempt to contact Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace. Coming soon, CNN’s Max Foster reported “Kensington Palace did receive an email about part of the series from what was supposedly an outside production company, but they couldn’t verify it, so they didn’t respond.”
However, Netflix said both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have been contacted and given ample time to respond.
In addition, Ellie Hall op BuzzFeed News reported that Harry and Megan production company Story Syndicate came into contact with the courtiers. “Not only had Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace press officers been contacted for an official response, but Lee Thompson, Communications Secretary to the Prince and Princess of Wales, acknowledged receipt of the email and requested that footage of the docuseries be uploaded. see,” Hal reported.
The comment vs no comment controversy resurfaced around the press for Prince Harry’s memoir Reserve. Both 60 minutes and Good morning America said they had contacted royal households for comment, but the palace requested the full interview before responding.
As Anderson Cooper said at the end of his 60 minutes interview with Prince Harry,”We have contacted Buckingham Palace for comment. His reps demanded that 60 Minutes, before considering responding, provide us with our report before it airs tonight, which is something we never do.” Michael Strahan, at Good morning Americasaid something similar, explaining: “We received a response this morning from the law firm representing Buckingham Palace while we were on the air saying that the Palace should ‘consider exactly what was said in the interview, in the context in which it appears’ and asked us to immediately a copy of the full interview, which we as a news organization do not do, as a matter of our policy.”
It is likely that a similar situation has occurred with Netflix Harry and Meganand why Garbus said their policy of not commenting or responding led to an attempt to “discredit” the entire docuseries.
Emily Burack (she/her) is the news writer for Town & Country, where she covers entertainment, culture, royalty and a host of other topics. Prior to joining T&C, she was deputy editor-in-chief at Hey Alma, a Jewish culture site. Follow her @emburack Twitter and Instagram.