Royal row as Kensington Palace refuses to back down over Netflix clash

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Netflix docuseries has caused a huge row over whether the Royal Family were given a proper chance to respond to their bombshell claims made on 8 December.

While the opening sequence to the first volume of their series claims the Firm was approached but declined to comment, a senior source insisted Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and the family were not approached for comment.

Since then, a source at Netflix has stood it's ground by saying that the communications offices for King Charles, 74, and Prince William, 40, were contacted in regards to "claims within the series" – but did not react.

Since then, Kensington Palace has confessed they did receive an email from a third party production company, but claimed it was not from Harry and Meghan's Archewell foundation or Netflix.

According to the Palace, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Netflix were both then contacted by them to verify whether the email was genuine, but received no reply.

“In the absence of this verification, we were unable to provide any response. The substance of the email we received also did not address the entire series,” a source told Press Association.

OK! has gone to both Netflix and Kensington Palace for further comment.

The quarrel started on 8 December, when the first three episode of Meghan and Harry's documentary aired on the streaming giant.

For the first 20 seconds of the very first instalment, the screen was black apart from the words: "Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within the series."

The new series was highly-anticipated and tells Sussex's story in their own words – including how they met as well as their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.

It makes a wide-range of claims about the Royal Family, including Harry accusing them of having a “huge level of unconscious bias”.

Meghan also said that the media wanted to “destroy” her once she became Harry's wife.

The Duke, in one section, also claimed that members of his family questioned why Meghan needed more protection from the media than their own wives had, but said they failed to grasp "the race element".

Amongst many of the shocking claims in the documentary, Harry shared details of how his family had responded to his relationship in the first instance.

“The fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning, ‘oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’," he said.


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