Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s series delayed. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/ AFP.

Harry & Meghan’s Netflix series delayed over ‘The Crown’ backlash

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix series is reportedly going to be delayed until next year due to backlash received from ‘The Crown’.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s series delayed. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/ AFP.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s controversial fly-on-the-wall docuseries has reportedly been postponed until next year because of the backlash season five of The Crown has received. 


Daily Mail reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s controversial docuseries has been postponed until next year. This is because of the backlash that season five of The crown has received – due to the storyline of the show and the release date being so soon after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s docuseries is part of the pair’s rumoured $100 million (R1.7 billion) deal with the streaming platform. Netflix has pushed back the documentary because The Crown is being accused of fabricating a “hurtful” smear against King Charles III.

The docuseries was expected to release in December, following the fifth season of The Crown.

“They’re rattled at Netflix, and they blinked first and decided to postpone the documentary,” said a source to Deadline.

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Netflix bosses said to be ‘spooked’ by backlash. Images via Instagram @thecrownnetflix.

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A production source told the Daily Mail that Netflix bosses are “spooked” out by media outage over inaccuracies as well as the lack of sensitivity in airing the series soon after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“The show has never been about sensationalism but it has also always been a drama. For the first years it seemed that everyone was happy to tolerate it,” said a source.

The series is created and written by Peter Morgan. Sources claim that he has become “increasingly uncomfortable” as the series got closer to the present day.

“The truth is that it was easier to write the earlier series because, firstly, there is a wealth of historical documentation, plus a consensus over more of what happened, and you can be more broad brush dramatically and people don’t find it hurtful,” said the source.

Morgan is also said to be traumatised by the criticism.

“He is quite traumatised by the criticism. He has not done anything to be sensational. The show would be a different show if he sought the sensational,” said the source.

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