Harry & Meghan: Details of final part of Netflix documentary
Harry and Meghan’s tendency to “over-share” may hit their earning potential in future because well-known brands may be wary of associating with them, a royal commentator has claimed. Jonathan Sacerdoti suggested the couple’s “spiky” reputation may also jeopardise future friendships, given their willingness to talk about private conversations, as evidenced in the three episodes of their Netflix show which dropped on the streaming service today.
In the latest episodes, Harry claims his brother Prince William “screamed” at him when the pair met to discuss his and Meghan’s future, with the former captain in the Royal Marines saying the experience had left him “terrified”.
Meghan, meanwhile, is shown saying “wow” after her husband shows her a text from Prince William sent after their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.
Journalist Mr Sacerdoti, who has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4 News, Fox News and Sky News, said he felt the second trio of programmes were more eventful than the first three.
He told Express.co.uk: “It was as if they deliberately kept the actual content for the later episodes so people would keep watching when the initial buzz died down.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and brother Prince William
Prince Harry talked about his relationship with his brother Prince William during the latest episode
“Hearing from Harry was more interesting. He has some unusual life experience which is naturally something people want to know more about, as a member of the royal family from birth.”
Referring to Harry’s clashes with his brother, Mr Sacerdoti said: “Ultimately it seems like the story of sibling rivalry which was told in this documentary is a tragic one.
“There’s no cure for being second-born, especially in a family where that matters so much in terms of your role and responsibilities.
“Therapy may well help, and I hope that it does, but the Netflix over-sharing won’t. Raking over old family fights in public for massive sums of money probably isn’t the route to inner peace and happiness.
Meghan and Harry with Sir Elton John
King Charles III succeeded his mother Queen Elizabeth as monarch in September
“It’s hard to know which brands would want to associate with the couple as they are quite unpredictable and in my opinion they have a spiky reputation. That’s a risk for anyone choosing to use them for celebrity tie-ins.
“In terms of friendships as well it might be difficult because they have shared in public a lot of private material from their lives, so it might mean potential friends would feel inhibited around them.”
Harry’s insights had been fascinating, Mr Sacerdoti said.
He explained: “As the late Queen’s statement said, recollections may vary, but these were his, and he was part of this explosive moment in royal history.
“It is easy to see how he has come to frame events as he does, and that he might feel justified in the actions he has taken.”
Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018
He also suggested given the ongoing cost of living crisis, plenty on both sides of the Atlantic were unlikely to see the Sussexes as victims on the evidence of the six shows.
He said: “It was certainly a good advert for being super rich! Their lifestyle both before and after Megxit looked luxurious, and plenty of people struggling to heat their homes today would envy the ‘cottage’ they were so disappointed to be living in in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
“The series of mansions they’ve inhabited since are even more extraordinary, and sometimes seems an incongruous backdrop for their complaints about how tough life was.
“Obviously one can be sad or depressed even in a life of luxury and privilege, but I think that many might have been distracted by the luxury Hermes blankets and plush interior design.
Turning his attention to the couple’s reasons for quitting the UK two years ago, Mr Sacerdoti added: “At one point Harry explains that he and Meghan suggested they would live in Canada and carry out a sort of part time royal role, and told Charles that if that didn’t work they’d be willing to give up their Sussex titles.
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“Well, it seems it didn’t work, so perhaps it is in fact time he took them up on their offer and relieved them of the titles that seem to attract so much press interest in and public fascination with their lives.
“It remains to be seen whether the family will react publicly or privately to the series. “
Given even private conversations seemed to be spoken about publicly by the couple, there might be a reluctance on the part of the family to speak with them about the rift in future, he predicted.
Mr Sacerdoti concluded: “I think Harry made it clear he expected an apology, but that feeling might be mutual.
“It might simply end up dragging on for a long time to come, with the palace attempting to keep the rift as private and quiet as possible, whilst hoping Meghan and Harry will one day do the same.”