Harry And Meghan Announce Visit To U.K. In September: What We Know So Far
Harry And Meghan Announce Visit To U.K. In September: What We Know So Far


  • GB News host Nana Akua reacted to the trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix's docuseries
  • Akua claimed that the couple is trying to "destroy" the institution of the monarchy
  • The royal commentator predicted that the project may "crash and burn"

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries was slammed as inauthentic by a royal commentator.

GB News host Nana Akua reacted to the first trailer for Prince Harry and Markle's docuseries, "Harry & Meghan," which was released Thursday, amid Prince William and Kate Middleton's U.S. visit.

The teaser featured never-before-seen photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's life as a couple through the years. Toward the end of the one-minute trailer, Markle said, "When the stakes are this high, doesn't it make more sense to hear our story from us?"

Akua seemingly mocked Markle over her comment and accused the Sussexes of trying to destroy the British monarchy.

"They talk about the high stakes, what stakes?" the TV host said on GB News. "They've got nothing left to lose. Dignity went out with the Oprah Winfrey interview. How I get it, the stakes that they're driving is through the heart of the monarchy in the hope of destroying the institution. The only thing is, their very commercial existence relies on it to succeed."

She also reacted to docuseries director Liz Garbus asking the royal couple at the start of the trailer, "Why did you want to make this documentary?"

Akua claimed that like "everything" they've done since quitting royal duties, Prince Harry and Markle's motivation for releasing a docuseries was "money."

The TV host also speculated that the project will portray the California-based couple as victims, based on the trailer.

"Meghan's not going to let anything go out that doesn't portray them all as victims," Akua claimed. "It's apparently not even filmed in their home, [which was] the reason why their first director quit. It's hardly authentic, and if it's anything like [Markle's] 'Archetypes' podcast, it may well crash and burn."

Last month, multiple anonymous sources told Page Six that Prince Harry and Markle originally hired Oscar nominee Garrett Bradley, who directed the critically acclaimed Netflix series "Naomi Osaka" about the tennis sensation, to helm their docuseries.

However, Bradley reportedly left the project following a falling out over the vision and tone of the show. The director wanted Markle and Prince Harry to film at their Montecito, California, mansion, but the couple "were not comfortable doing that," the outlet's sources claimed.

The Sussexes then hired Garbus. However, Prince Harry and Markle reportedly didn't have a smooth sailing working relationship with Netflix bosses and Garbus even after changing directors. They allegedly clashed over the content of the series because Prince Harry and Markle wanted it to be heavily edited, the sources told Page Six.

International Business Times could not independently verify the information.

While speaking to Variety for an October cover story, Markle said that the docuseries was not made "the way we would have told it" but that she and Harry trusted Garbus with their narrative.

"It's nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I've long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it," the duchess said. "But that's not why we're telling it. We're trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens."

"Harry & Meghan" is reportedly expected to premiere on Netflix Thursday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex clapping during the Opening Ceremony of the One Young World Summit 2022 at The Bridgewater Hall on September 05, 2022 in Manchester, England. The annual One Young World Summit brings together more than two thousand of the brightest young leaders from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact both in-person and digitally. Meghan is a counsellor for the organisation, alongside Justin Trudeau, Sir Richard Branson, and Jamie Oliver, among others. Chris Jackson/Getty Images/IBTimes