'A destructive act of revenge': Royal experts slam Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix show

'A destructive act of revenge': Royal experts slam Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix show
Royal experts have called out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming Netflix documentary an act of revenge against the royal family that would weaken it (Screenshot from Netflix/YouTube; Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: After Netflix unveiled a new trailer for the Sussexes' documentary, royal experts reportedly said that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive docuseries was "an amazing act of revenge" that will "widen the rift" with William, Prince of Wales. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attacked the "hierarchy of the family" in the new one-minute trailer, in which they claimed that insiders "leaked and planted" stories about them, called royal life a "dirty game" and discussed "the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution," while showing footage of Princess Diana and Catherine, Princess of Wales, being pursued by photographers. 

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The trailer will undoubtedly appall courtiers, who were awaiting further accusations that would certainly increase the chasm between the Sussexes and the Wales. Royal author Richard Fitzwilliams predicted that the Netflix series' repercussions would last for years, in an interview with Daily Mail. "This is a full frontal, extremely destructive attack on the royal family - the institution as well as members of those households," he reportedly said.

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Fitzwilliams reportedly continued, "I think this will widen the rift between the brothers. There is no doubt that this Netflix series is an amazing act of revenge designed to weaken the very institution that William will inherit as future King. Of course, everyone will be asking how King Charles will react to this in the short term, but the effects of this will be felt in years to come. That's the whole point." He added, "This is a full frontal, extremely destructive attack on the Royal Family - the institution as well as individual households and members of those households. This series I suspect will greatly weaken the royals in the eyes of the world, especially among young people."

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Dickie Arbiter, the late Queen's former press secretary, dubbed the show as "one long whinge" and predicted that William and Kate would watch it and say, "Oh God, here we go again." He added, "This is just one long whinge, and for what? Harry says he's doing this to protect his family - protect them from what? Meghan says if we only knew what happened behind closed doors - why should we? What exactly is it that they have to say which we haven't heard before?"

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A friend of the couple says in the trailer that their experience has been "about hatred, about race," as an astonishingly personal and never-before-seen video flashes up of an irate Harry holding a hand to his face as Meghan passes behind him, at the time she was pregnant with their daughter Lilibet. Before Meghan is seen crying once more, she says, "I realised, they're never going to protect you," following a string of images of paparazzi and newspapers being printed. "I was terrified, I didn't want history to repeat itself," Harry says in the video. 

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The first part of the series will be released on December 8 while the second part will be out on December 15 exclusively on Netflix.

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