A black-and-white photo of Meghan gazing fondly at Harry adorns a billboard on Sunset Boulevard, one of Los Angeles’ busiest streets.
it was one of several advertised in downtown los angeles their new documentaryNetflix boldly declared it a “global event.”
The streaming giant has paid the couple around £90m for a range of collaborative projects, including films and children’s shows, but Netflix’s real value is in this “behind the scenes” documentary series.
It’s in Netflix’s interest to raise expectations ahead of release, and they’ve already made a splash in Hollywood with two trailers four days apart.
“This documentary will be a real watershed moment for Harry and Meghan because it will be a question of whether it will change people’s minds in America,” said entertainment and entertainment company Sean Mandel. Royal correspondent said.
Mandel believes the United States is divided over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the reasons for their divorce from the royal family.
“Just like in England, there are guys who are part of the Sussex team and they go and lay the groundwork for them,” Mandel said, “but there are also a few who don’t look up to them and see it as ‘Aha! “The moment to catch what they’re saying and say they’re misleading.”
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Harry and Meghan chose the US as their home, making their home in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, California, where Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres also live.
Netflix is an American-owned company with most of its subscribers in the United States, as is Oscar-nominated Liz Garbus, the director of the Harry and Meghan series. It’s clear they want to appeal to audiences in Meghan’s home country and Harry’s adopted country.
They are likely to receive more sympathy in the US than in the UK, where there has been a mixed reaction to the allegations of racism made in the Oprah Winfrey interview. In the United States, the couple has been widely praised for revealing the shortcomings of the royal family as an institution.
The week the documentary series opens, Meghan and Harry will be in New York to accept the Robert Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award for their work addressing racial bias. Meghan will also find out if her Archetypes podcast won a People’s Choice Award.
If the series pits Harry and Meghan directly against William and Kate – which seems likely – the US will likely side with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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