Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke openly about their struggles with the media spotlight in their documentary, but PR expert Mark Borkowski believes it has “caused chaos”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s emotional documentary was an “utter disaster” for the Queen and the Royal Family, a PR expert has claimed.
The couple spoke openly about how they struggle with life in the media spotlight, with Meghan saying she wasn’t prepared for the amount of attention that would come with marrying into The Firm.
Meghan & Harry: An African Journey followed them on their recent Royal Tour, and included a number of interviews on how they are treated by the press.
Speaking to the Guardian , PR expert Mark Borkowski believes the hour-long ITV special was a “complete and utter disaster”.
He thinks it has split the nation, and while younger people are more attuned to it, some older fans won’t be so impressed.
He said: “You allow the intrusive lens into your life, and you are out of control. No matter how much editorial control they had with their mate, Tom Bradby, he’s caused chaos.
“The royal family are a publicly-funded heritage business, and as anybody that has entered in to it has discovered, the rules go out of the window. Celebrities don’t have the same responsibility, don’t have the love of the nation to deal with.
“While celebrities could demand “approved quotes, approved pictures, playing hardball, controlling photo opportunities, with the palace there is an uneasy relationship with the media and the public.”
After the documentary aired on Sunday night Meghan and Harry’s friends accused the Royal Family of not giving the couple the recognition they deserve .
In an astonishing attack, sources claimed Harry and Meghan have “single-handedly modernised the monarchy” yet advisers remain incapable of “harnessing their value”.
Max Foster, an anchor and royal correspondent for US news network CNN, said a source close to the Sussexes told him: “The institution around the royal family is full of people afraid of and inexperienced at how to best help harness and deploy the value of the royal couple who, they said, ‘have single-handedly modernised the monarchy’.”
There were reports that Prince William didn’t see the programme before it aired, however the Palace refused to comment on this.
A royal source told the Mirror that senior royals are “concerned for the couple”, and said the breakdown in their relationship was “desperately sad”.
“They’re going completely separate ways and Harry is the one who seems to be visibly struggling.
“It seems the boy who walked behind their mother’s coffin, which is so vividly seared onto the nation’s consciousness, has never fully recovered, which is an utter tragedy.
“Charles has sought to help the young men, even that hasn’t helped.
“Many inside the family have said how seeing her sons drifting apart would be the last thing Diana would have wanted.”
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said: “I think they (the royal family) will be pretty horrified actually.
“One is because whoever wins these legal actions with the newspapers, are the newspapers actually going to change what they do? Because the newspapers don’t think they have done anything wrong. They think this is about reporting about what is going on.
“Secondly, the monarchy is supposed to be a unifying force in this country, and yet a very significant chunk of it, Harry and Meghan, are being divisive. It runs against what the monarchy is doing in these already divisive times.”