The Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary will be a “real watershed moment” for the couple | American News

A black-and-white photo of Meghan staring lovingly at Harry adorns a billboard on Sunset Boulevard, one of Los Angeles’ busiest streets.

This is one of many advertisements around downtown LA his new documentarywhich Netflix boldly declares to be a “global event”.

The streaming giant paid the pair around £90m for a range of collaborative projects, including films and children’s shows, but Netflix’s real value lies in this ‘behind the scenes’ documentary series.

It’s in Netflix’s interest to build anticipation ahead of its release, and they’ve been making waves in Hollywood with the two trailers, four days apart.

“This documentary is going to be a real watershed moment for Harry and Meghan because it’s going to be about whether it moves the needle in the United States one way or another in terms of what people think” , Sean Mandell, an entertainment and royal reporter, said.

Mandell thinks America is divided over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and what to do with their divorce from the royal family.

“As in the UK, there are those who are part of the Sussex team, who will go to the mattresses for them,” Mandell says, “but there is a minority who do not look at them favorably and will see that as a “Ah!” time to hold on to what they say and say they’re deceiving.”

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Harry and Meghan have chosen to make America their home, settling in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, California, where Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres also live.

Netflix is ​​an American company with the majority of its subscribers in the United States and Oscar-nominated Harry and Meghan director Liz Garbus is also American. It’s clear they’re hoping to attract an audience in Meghan’s home country and the one adopted by Harry.

They may find a more sympathetic ear in the US than in the UK, where the reaction to the racism allegations made in the Oprah Winfrey interview has been mixed. In the United States, the couple have been widely celebrated for exposing the shortcomings of the royal family as an institution.

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The week the documentary series is released, Meghan and Harry will accept the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award in New York for their work in the fight against racial prejudice. Meghan will also find out if her podcast Archetypes won a People’s Choice Award.

If this series pits Harry and Meghan directly against William and Kate – as seems likely – America will most likely side with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales’ recent trip to the United States, where they were gave a lukewarm response during a basketball game in Boston, confirms that they are no longer as popular as they once were, the reputation of the royal family damaged by the recent scandal, perhaps irreparably.

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