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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bid to portray themselves as victims in their recent Netflix series is ‘backfiring’ in the US, where people have increasingly “had enough”, a royal commentator has claimed. Hilary Fordwich also said the Duke of Sussex has “squandered” the enormous reservoir of goodwill he previously enjoyed in the UK, suggesting he and his wife had been hugely popular until they stepped down as frontline royals and began talking about how unhappy they were.
Ms Fordwich, who regularly discusses Royal affairs on US television, made her remarks in conversation with Gerry Baker on Fox Business Network.
Prior to their interview, a montage of clips from the show, the final three episodes of which dropped on the streaming service last week, featured Harry talking about their reasons for relocating to the United States.
At one point he explains: “Everything that’s happened to us was always going to happen to us because if you speak truth to power, that’s how they respond.
“I’ve had to make peace with the fact that probably never going to get genuine accountability or genuine apology.”
Ms Fordwich said: “What’s so sad here I think is what has already been squandered by Harry. What about what they’ve lost by doing what they’ve done themselves?
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“He had an approval rating by a nation that absolutely loved him. A YouGov poll said he was plus 81 percent in the UK and now he’s fallen to minus 63. She has gone from plus 42 percent to minus 72 percent. What a terrible plummet from all they’ve said and done.”
During the course of the Netflix show, Harry also suggests his wife was treated differently because of colour of her skin – but Ms Fordwich was sceptical about any suggestion the British media’s coverage was driven by racism.
She said: “I covered that wedding. There were people at least 11 to 12 deep at Windsor, there wasn’t a whisper from anywhere in the press, including actually Piers Morgan, was quoted in their very own documentary saying that she was a “rock star for the Royal Family”
“And I do have an assignment for them now here we are in the Christmas season. There was an English movie, 2002 I believe it was, Love Actually.
“And that movie was full of racial intermarriage, different races getting together, and it was across-the-board popular, it’s one of the biggest rated movies and there was no discontent with anything racial for that either.”
“With strikes in the UK, perhaps the media should give them what they want which is silence and their own privacy, which they declared they wanted, and go on strike and stop giving them more viewers.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday will present a new documentary series at the end of the month which they say is inspired by Nelson Mandela.
Live to Lead will air just a few weeks after their explosive six-part documentary series.
Their new project will drop on the streaming service, premieres on December 31. A promotional trailer features footage of former South African President Mandela, and climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
In the short trailer Harry says: “This was inspired by Nelson Mandela who once said ‘what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived…'” with Meghan continuing “it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”‘.
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Towards the end of the trailer, Harry says: “It’s about people who have made brave choices…” and Meghan adds “…to fight for change and to become leaders.”
Netflix says about the series: “Extraordinary leaders reflect on their legacies and share messages of courage, compassion, humility, hope and generosity.
“Inspired by the iconic legacy of Nelson Mandela, Live To Lead highlights the fundamental values, daily disciplines and guiding principles that leaders employ to motivate others and create meaningful change.”
Express.co.uk has approached the Sussexes via Archewell for comment about Ms Fordwich’s remarks.
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