No one knows the full truth; we know the full truth.’ With those portentous words Prince Harry ends the second trailer for his Netflix documentary, part one of which is released in full on Thursday.
Or, to put it another way, the gloves are well and truly off.
Not that anyone really believed otherwise, given the Sussexes’ recent behaviour. But there was always a faint hope they might retain some decorum; that certain areas might remain off-limits even for them.
Not so. And that sounds like a threat, as clear as it is sinister.
No one knows the full truth; we know the full truth.’ With those portentous words Prince Harry ends the second trailer for his Netflix documentary, part one of which is released in full on Thursday
Two things stand out. First, the weaponisation of Princess Diana and her own experience as a royal consort in order to elevate Meghan. It’s hardly surprising: Harry has mentioned his wife before in the context of his mother, but this goes one step further.
By placing footage of the late Princess Diana alongside images of Meghan in various stages of distress, the message is clear: the two are virtually one and the same.
This is clever. Not only does it enlist (and enrage) the armies of Princess Diana fans who still, to this day, believe she was assassinated by the Royal Family and who will, no doubt, sally forth on social media to spread the gospel; it also allows Meghan to inherit Diana’s iconic status. Which is presumably rather useful when pitching victim narratives to Netflix.
But when you think about it, it’s a really cheap shot, not only because it’s effectively monetising Diana’s life (and death); but also because, let’s not forget, Harry isn’t Diana’s only son. One can only imagine how Prince William must feel about Harry appropriating their late mother in this way.
Two things stand out. First, the weaponisation of Princess Diana and her own experience as a royal consort in order to elevate Meghan. It’s hardly surprising: Harry has mentioned his wife before in the context of his mother, but this goes one step further
Second, race. ‘It’s about race,’ says one of the talking heads in this trailer. Harry and Meghan left because the Royal Family — and, it would seem from this, most of the British media — are racist. Really? But I thought you just told us it was all about history repeating itself? Diana wasn’t mixed race, was she? So how can it be racist? Make up your minds, guys.
The lack of self-awareness is staggering. At one point Harry intones, in his now familiar Voice of Doom, about ‘the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy’.
I’m sorry? Come again? What about your constant attacks on the institution into which another woman — the Princess of Wales — married?
Or does Kate not count because she doesn’t spend all her time playing the victim, weeping and wailing about how awful her life is — but just gets on with it instead of finding fault at every turn?
Does she not count because, unlike Meghan, she has managed to make a success of being a royal consort?
The Netflix trailer starts with Harry telling us: ‘It’s really hard to look back on it and go, “What on earth really happened?”’
No, Harry, it’s not. It’s very easy. So let me spell it out for you. You and Meghan had it all: a very comfortable life complete with all the advantages of your station, the adoration of the British public, a positive platform from which to pursue your passions.
The lack of self-awareness is staggering. At one point Harry intones, in his now familiar Voice of Doom, about ‘the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy’
Meghan was welcomed with open arms and total sincerity; you had a £30 million wedding with cheering crowds from Windsor to Wolverhampton; Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle; you were part of the ‘Fab Four’, the future of the Royal Family.
The tide turned only because of your behaviour: the diva demands; the jealousy towards other royals; that baby shower; those private jets; the ingratitude; the hypocrisy; the ungracious rows over tiaras and Frogmore Cottage.
What happened, Harry, was that people started to question some of your and Meghan’s choices, and you didn’t like that.
And instead of wondering whether people might have a point when they said they didn’t much like being lectured about climate change by someone who seemed to use private air travel as an Uber; instead of checking your and your wife’s privilege (to use a phrase beloved of your new American friends), you threw a massive hissy fit and now make allegations of racism.
And here you are, gaslighting the entire nation while lining your pockets with your so-called misery. And I’m sorry, but it won’t wash. In my view it’s nothing to do with hate, and it’s nothing to do with race.
Your paymasters at Netflix may fall for this nonsense but the British public sees straight through you. That, I’m afraid, is the ‘full truth’.