After its release, the documentary film about husband and wife Harry and Meghan created “seismic” worldwide. The international press simultaneously commented on the “television bomb”, in which most of them expressed disagreement.
Released the first part on December 8, the documentary Harry & Meghan is likened to a “television bomb” across the Atlantic Ocean aimed directly at the British Royal Family. Newspapers around the world, from Europe, the US to Australia, have front-page articles commenting on this controversial TV show.
Documentary Harry & Meghan is one of the topics of international media attention today. Photo: Netflix
German newspaper Bild considers Harry & Meghan a scandalous documentary, cutting off the way back for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Meanwhile, NBC (USA) believes that Harry and Meghan are renewing their conflict with the British Royal Family.
More harshly, the French newspaper Le Figaro called the documentary “empty”, “nonsense” and “no surprising revelations except that the estranged royal couple are willing to share everything about them”. although he once claimed to want to live a life away from the media.
“We expected surprising revelations but nothing. After watching the first episode, we are still confused. At the beginning of 2020, they said to leave the British Royal Family to live away from the media… But no, now they are the ones who share everything. Meghan and Harry lament their stories are slipping out of their hands, that the media is scrutinizing their every move. But on the contrary, they are just fueling media hype. The release of the documentary that terrified Buckingham put them on the front page of all the British tabloids. Meghan and Harry understand that well. They are playing with fire and risk burning their wings,” wrote Madame magazine.
Corriere made a similar comment. According to the Italian newspaper, the film drew harsh criticism against the press but did not have any notable new information. The press agency added that there could be no normal existence in the Windsor family.
“It seems that the film focuses more on the relationship between the two main characters and intimate moments in their history,” the article reads.
The Irish Times (Ireland) describes Harry & Meghan as crashing into the gloomy and sometimes untrackable Planet of Sussex. “The Sussexes tell us what a terrible time they were going through. We sit there and bask in the glory as they appreciate each other. The results of the pre-Christmas self-centered show make you happy because there are other things to watch on Netflix. More importantly, we are in a country where we don’t have to live with the royal family.”
With a softer tone, The Hollywood Reporter (USA) reminds readers that there is nothing groundbreaking in the first three episodes.
This is also the review of De Telegraaf. “The first three episodes provide little news, mainly painting a more concrete picture of what Harry and Meghan are complaining about,” the Dutch newspaper wrote.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Herald emphasized that the film’s release exactly three months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II put the British Royal Family in a situation that couldn’t be worse.
The Irish Independent newspaper (Ireland) called the documentary a controversial show, with a sarcastic comment that members of the royal family were “training themselves against the bombings”.
Norwegian site VG asserts that the documentary is a “television bomb” not only for the British Royal Family.
Norwegian site VG calls the documentary a “television bomb”. Photo: Daily Mail
International media and public opinion are waiting for a response from the British Royal Family, especially King Charles. People speculated that the new British monarch could strip the couple of their royal titles, even ban them from participating in the coronation ceremony in 2023.
In the first three episodes of Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex repeatedly compared his wife to his mother, Princess Diana, claiming that the two women were both hunted by the press. He also claimed that his decision to marry Meghan distanced him from his family because he chose to follow his heart instead of finding someone who fits the mold set by the British Royal Family.
The escapist couple also addressed the issue of racism. In it, Meghan said she had never been treated like “a black woman” until she arrived in the UK. The 41-year-old former actress added that she was shocked at the “formal” behavior not only in public, but also between members of the royal family behind closed doors.
Prince Harry believes there is an “unconscious bias” in the royal family. It is not anyone’s fault, but naturally formed in each person’s subconscious. According to Harry, Meghan was shunned by his family because she was an American actress. However, Harry insists his heart knows he will marry Meghan because he is his mother’s son.
“The British royal family is preparing for the worst,” German newspaper Bild headlined.
According to Daily Mail