Prince Harry's Netflix deal has come under scrutiny in light of reports that The Crown will recreate the infamous Princess Diana interview with Martin Bashir.
- Prince Harry has been criticized by royal fans for continuing to support Netflix in spite of The Crown's dramatization of Diana's interview with Martin Bashir.
- Harry and Meghan signed a lucrative deal with Netflix last year, which enables them to create original documentaries and films.
- In other royal news, Prince Harry has been urged to fly to UK as the Queen's health woes mount.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ties with Netflix have been criticized following recent reports that The Crown will cover Princess Diana's controversial BBC interview with Martin Bashir.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a multi-million dollar contract with the US streaming giant in September 2020, in yet another move to distance themselves from the British monarchy and solidify their presence in the Hollywood elite. The lucrative business deal enables the couple to create original content under their media company, Archwell Productions. Harry and Meghan have already announced their first Netflix series, 'Heart of Invictus', which is expected to be released at some point next year.
The couple's working relationship with the digital platform has confused some fans following reports that The Crown Season Five will include scenes from Princess Diana's tell-all interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.
The controversial Panorama special has been widely criticized by both the public and the Royal Family in light of revelations that the interview was obtained under 'false pretenses'. A 2021 independent inquiry found that Bashir behaved in 'a deceitful way' to convince Diana to appear on the program, using 'fake documents' that indicated payments had been made to keep her under surveillance.
The Royal Family has since come out against the interview, with Prince William revealing that its 'lies' worsened his parents' relationship. The Duke of Cambridge also dismissed the "legitimacy" of the program, urging for it to "never be aired again."
The news that the interview will be dramatized in the next season of The Crown, which stars Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, has reportedly left William feeling 'frustrated' at Netflix for its 'commercialization' of his mother's pain. The BBC, which holds the copyright to the interview, has confirmed that it has had 'no interaction' with the streaming platform.
Harry's deal with Netflix has naturally come under fire following the news, with some royal fans questioning what The Crown's decision means for his future at the company.
This could be awkward, doesn't Harry have some kind of deal going with @netflix ? https://t.co/OtMxwxCGvdOctober 27, 2021
Can not even begin to think how hurtful this must be for William - as for Harry, he is in bed with Netflix. https://t.co/ahCeBvn0NTOctober 27, 2021
Martin Badhir’s shameful interview with Diana to be recreated by @TheCrownNetflix despite pleas from royals. Yet Prince Harry will still take millions from his @netflix employers. He has no shameOctober 26, 2021
Others have been quick to defend Harry, reminding their fellow royal followers that he has no authority to stop the scene from going ahead.
They're all blaming Harry for "not saying something" like he's some kind of executive at Netflix, or showrunner for The Crown 🙄 Either they don't understand what his Netflix deal means, or they don't want to.October 26, 2021
Why should he? Is he involved in any production of the Crown or have any control over it? You think if he walked away from his contract with Netflix, Netflix would just cancel the Crown?Lmfao. They won't stop making it if Harry walked away. Money for production has been spent.October 26, 2021
Netflix has yet to comment on the issue.
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she 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.
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