Love them, hate them, or just don’t care – Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary has divided opinion since its release on Thursday.
After the first three episodes aired on the streaming service, Nick Bullen, editor-in-chief of True Royalty TV, described it as the most “self-serving piece of television” he had seen in a long time, describing it as more like a reality show than a documentary.
The Voice’s editor, Lester Holloway, was moved, calling it a “love story” about the couple’s struggles and challenges, as well as their battles with the media.
In the Netflix documentary, Harry stated that the British royal family had dismissed race-related media hounding of Meghan as a rite of passage, and the couple launched a scathing attack on the tabloid press.
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Critics in the United States and the United Kingdom were generally negative, with several expressing disappointment that the series was simply not compelling.
“If I were Netflix, I’d demand a refund.” Because there was nothing ‘bombshell’ or even particularly novel about this place. “It was beautifully shot, but it was repetitive, whiny, and boring,” Carol Midgley of The Times in the United Kingdom wrote.
According to Stephanie Bunbury of the US online news site Deadline, the series failed to provide any new insight into the most pressing fan questions.
“Three hours into Netflix’s Harry and Meghan,” Bunbury wrote, “and still no tell-all truths from the darkest corners of the House of Windsor.”
Other critics found it to be a satisfying glimpse into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private lives.
“Does Meghan and Harry’s Netflix documentary live up to the high expectations?,” wrote Jessie Thompson of The Independent in the United Kingdom. “Well, we’ve seen a makeup-free Meghan, hair wrapped in a towel, crying into her phone camera within the first five minutes, so I’m going to say yes.”
The audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes were negative. On Thursday, the average rating was 1.3 out of 5 based on 248 reviews.
Commuters in London were split on whether they would watch.
Finance manager Nadia Tunar stated that the couple ‘just want attention,’ and salon manager Sarah Barnsbury stated that she would not watch it.
“It’s just not for me,” said Barnsbury.
Sharon Brown, a 52-year-old security officer, believes it is past time for the royals to “actually get a voice to say what they need to say.”
Carmel Williams, 33, a customer support assistant, said she’d like to know what’s been going on and how the couple is feeling, referring to it as “gossip behind the scenes.”
“I’ll probably watch it because we all watch them, right?” said Paul Driscoll, 52, head of IT for a private equity firm.”
“They’re welcome to do whatever they want,” he added, “but I’m not sure it’s the right time for them to do it.”
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