The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have defended their decision to produce a six-part Netflix series focusing on their private lives.
The first three of the six episodes, which began airing yesterday, feature Prince Harry and Meghan talking about the stress the media focus on their lives has caused them.
Now, their global press secretary, Ashley Hansen, told the New York Times: “Their statement announces their decision to step back [from royal duties] Not a word was said about privacy and reiterated their desire to continue to fulfill their duties and public responsibilities.
“Any other suggestion speaks to a key point of this series. They chose to share their story the way they did, but the tabloid media created a completely untrue narrative that seeped into news coverage and public opinion.
“The facts are right in front of them.”
The three-part series, titled “Harry and Meghan,” was released on Thursday and began with a written statement describing the series as “a never-before-seen personal archive that tells the story of Harry and Meghan.” First-hand information”.
In the second episode, the Duke of Sussex talks about paparazzi interest in their relationship and social media harassment, and mentions his mother Diana.
“Seeing another woman in my life, someone I love, go through this eating binge, it’s hard,” he said. “It’s basically hunter versus prey.”
Dating Meghan, he said, “becomes a combination of car chases, counter-driving and disguises, which is not a particularly healthy way to start a relationship, but we always approach it with as much humor as possible”.
“Whenever we meet, we give each other a big hug and try to live as normal a life as possible.”
Meghan’s paparazzi claim
Meghan also described how paparazzi stalked her and how she received death threats while in Toronto.
“I want to say to the police, if any other woman in Toronto said to you that I’ve got six grown men sleeping in a car near my house and they’re following me everywhere and I’m terrified, wouldn’t you say? Stalking?
“They said yes, but because of who you’re dating, there’s really nothing we can do. I was like, so I should live like this? Then I got death threats and things changed because I needed to feel safe.”
Highlights from the Harry and Meghan documentary series
Prince Harry describes his relationship with Meghan as ‘crazy eating’
In another video, she said she was sure media interest would wane after the couple got married.
“At that point I still really believed what I was told was that it would pass and it would get better, which is exactly what they were doing right in the first place,” she said.
“But honestly, no matter how hard I try, no matter how good I am, no matter what I do, they will still find ways to destroy me.”
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quit royal duties
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they will step down from royal duties in January 2020.
In a statement at the time, the couple wrote: “After months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to transition this year to begin a progressive new role within the institution.
“We intend to step down as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work towards financial independence, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said at the time: “We understand their desire to do things differently, but these are complex issues that will take time to resolve.”
The couple later agreed to a 12-month review during which they will step back from frontline royal duties.
The agreement included a statement saying the couple wanted to “live a more independent life as a family by removing the so-called ‘public interest’ reason for media intrusion into their lives”.
Meghan previously spoke about privacy in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
In footage that did not initially air, she said: “I think everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic.
“We’re not talking about anything that other people wouldn’t think of.”
“If you’re at work and you have a picture of your kid on your desk and your co-worker says, ‘Oh my gosh, your kid is so cute. That’s great! Can I look at your phone,’ so I can see all the pictures or your kids?
“You go, ‘No. Here’s a photo I’d love to share with you'”.
She criticized the couple’s claims of privacy, saying: “They made up a false story. I never talked about privacy.”