The Sussexes have been mired in controversy over accusations their upcoming Netflix documentary has used misleading images. The trailer shows videos and imagery of the paparazzi at events they did not attend. As a result, commentators have questioned the validity of the couple’s argument that the British tabloids hounded them and created an intolerable existence.
One image used in the Netflix trailer shows a wall of paparazzi waiting to take photos. It has now emerged the image was taken from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix Premier in London in 2011, long before Harry and Meghan met. Although the image might have been used by the documentary team as an indication of the experiences the Sussexes had of the press, it nonetheless created some controversy for those who see it as a misleading depiction of their lives in Britain coming in seconds after Harry says “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”
Best-selling royal author Robert Jobson also called out the Sussexes over another picture used by Netflix showing them in a courtyard carrying their son Archie as a baby.
He tweeted: “This photograph used by Netflix and Harry and Meghan to suggest intrusion by the press is a complete travesty.
“It was taken from an accredited pool at Archbishop Tutu’s residence in Cape Town.
“Only 3 people were in the accredited position. H & M agreed the position. I was there.”
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He later posted a picture of Meghan holding Archie as she and Harry showed him off to Archbishop Tutu.
Mr Jobson wrote: “This shot by me from the same accredited pool position on my iPhone was taken at Archbishop Tutu’s Cape Town residence.
“There was no intrusion. I was part of a 3 person UK palace pool.
He continued: “Nobody else was allowed in and we shared the words and photos with the UK Media.”
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The trailer, which merges footage of dense crowds of paparazzi with the voices of Harry and Meghan, for whom “history was repeating itself”, used further clips that appear to be taken from a wide range of different media sources.
One Twitter user pointed out footage from Katie Price’s trial outside Crawley Magistrates Court on December 15, 2021, after she faced prosecution for drink driving in the UK.
Another clip shows the scrum of reporters who descended on Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, as he left for prison.
Twitter uses either berated the media team who put the trailer together or had their sympathies, emphasising that due to copyright laws it may not have been possible to find appropriate imagery depicting the battle the couple say they waged against a tide of reporters.
The videos, which are available for use with a Getty subscription (an image database of copyright-free imagery widely used by media professionals) might have been chosen by the documentary makers due to the fact that these were clips that were not limited by copyright laws.
The new Netflix documentary will air on Thursday.