The second half of former British royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s controversial Netflix special aired this week, and the battle lines were immediately drawn: Harry was quickly dubbed a “traitor” and Meghan a liar for their revelations, while supporters of the couple accused Buckingham Palace of mistreating and failing to protect the famous pair.
The second half of the special focuses on rifts with royal family, the couple’s continued harassment by the media and their new life in California. The first half was laser-focused on the predatory nature of the British press, characterizing the institution as a relentless, terrifying entity that harasses the royal family with impunity, spurring the famous couple’s retreat to the U.S.
Buckingham Palace needs to come up with a forward-thinking plan of action fast if it wants to effectively address any fallout from the series — because a tell-all book is coming next.
Netflix has said the special has had the highest premiere week viewing time of any documentary to debut on the streaming service in its. Last week, the #HarryandMeghanNetflix hashtag was trending atop Twitter in both the UK and the U.S. the first day the series aired — and was reportedly the fourth highest worldwide.
Harry and Meghan are savvy communicators successfully controlling the narratives and getting their sides of the story out. The royals across the pond would be well-advised to ratchet up their own communications…