Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accused of ‘faking’ press hounding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly used a photo in their new documentary trailer that they themselves approved to be taken while suggesting the press was invading their privacy.

The newest teaser for their highly anticipated Netflix docuseries showed a photographer taking a snap of Harry, Markle and their young son Archie from a balcony at Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s residence in South Africa back in 2019 while they were on an official tour.

Although the snap appeared to be intrusive, it was actually taken by a photographer who was part of an accredited press pack at Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home.

“This photograph used by @Netflix and Harry and Meghan to suggest intrusion by the press is a complete travesty,” British royal correspondent Robert Jobson tweeted Monday. “It was taken from a accredited pool at Archbishop Tutu’s residence in Cape Town. Only 3 people were in the accredited position. H & M agreed the position. I was there.”

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
The photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with baby Archie was taken in South Africa by an accredited photographer.

Jobson then tweeted a photo of the former royals introducing a then-baby Archie to Archbishop.

“This shot by me from the same accredited pool position on my iPhone was taken at Archbishop Tutu’s Cape Town residence,” he wrote alongside the photo. “There was no intrusion. I was part of a 3 person UK palace pool. Nobody else was allowed in and we shared the words and photos with the UK Media.”

An approved “royal rota” of journalists are usually invited to join the royal family on official visits and foreign tours. Often during these trips, only one or two reporters and photographers will be invited to join at certain meetings — like with Archbishop Tutu. They then send their reporting on to their fellow journalists.

ITV royal editor Chris Ship commented, “Here Robert Jobson makes a valid point. The filming of Archie at Archbishop Tutu’s residence was highly controlled. 

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Another clip shows a distraught Harry sitting near pregnant Markle.
Netflix

“And the ITN Productions camera filming the Sussexes’ Africa documentary was there with their permission. It was not a media scrum. They spoke to Tom Bradby inside.”

The use of the image comes after it was revealed that photo of paparazzi used in the first teaser, released last week, was actually taken at an official “Harry Potter” premiere.

As The Sun reported, the photographers were really pointing their cameras at the all-star cast of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” in London. The event took place in 2011, which is five years before the prince and the former “Suits” actress met in 2016.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Clips from the latest trailer also show the former royals in a happier time.
Netflix

A brief clip from the latest trailer also showed photographers swarming around a court in the UK — where British personality Katie Price appeared last December to be sentenced for drunk driving. 

“I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself,” Harry narrated as the footage is played. 

Another clip showed photographers huddling around a car as Markle claimed the royal household was never going to protect her. It then cut to an image of Meghan dabbing her eyes, seemingly in tears.

Photographers at a "Harry Potter" premiere in 2011
The first trailer for the doc received criticism for using paparazzi shots from a “Harry Potter” premiere.
Netflix

But Markle was not being pursued, the footage used is in fact of President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen leaving his New York apartment in 2019.

Netflix and director Liz Garbus did not return our requests for comment.

Also in the latest preview, the couple hit out at the “hierarchy of the family,” claiming insiders “leaked and planted” stories about them.

They describe royal life as a “dirty game,” and use footage of Princess Diana and Kate being hounded by photographers while they talk about “the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution.”

As we revealed, the show will premiere Thursday, Dec. 8 with three episodes, and another three episodes the following week.


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