Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary director quit after 'sticky moments' over filming disagreements

The first director of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's documentary reportedly left the project due to creative differences with the couple

Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary director quit after 'sticky moments'
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A filmmaker for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix documentary reportedly quit over disagreements with the royal couple about the show's direction, a TV insider has revealed. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly cut ties with the first director of their Netflix documentary, over 'creative differences' during the production of the highly-anticipated show. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex initially hired American filmmaker, Garrett Bradley, to head the exciting project. The 36-year-old had plenty of experience working with A-list clients, having previously directed a three-part Netflix series for Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka. Her first nonfiction feature, Time, was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards. 

Unfortunately, it seems that Bradley's vision for Harry and Meghan's documentary didn't exactly align with that of the royal couple. 

The Sundance Film Festival award winner reportedly wanted to capture footage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their £14 million Santa Barbara mansion in Montecito, which they share their two children, Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet. The VIP couple apparently wasn't too keen on the idea of cameras infiltrating their private home, however. 


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"Garrett wanted Harry and Meghan to film at home and they were not comfortable doing that," a source told the New York Post

"There were a few sticky moments between them, and Garrett left the project. Harry and Meghan’s own production company captured as much footage as they could before Liz Garbus was hired." 

Garrett Bradley

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While it remains unknown how Garbus has changed the trajectory of the documentary, it's safe to say the 52-year-old knows what she's doing when it comes to filmmaking. She has already directed several successful documentaries, including The Farm: Angola, USA, Bobby Fischer Against the World, and Love, Marilyn. Her biographical documentary about Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone? was also nominated for an Academy Award in 2016. 

It's understood that Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary will premiere in December 2022, despite reports that the couple wanted its release pushed back to 2023. Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex's memoir, Spare, will hit shelves on January 10.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.