Prince Harry ‘quiet about The Crown’ because of conflicting Netflix deal

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are 'in hot water' after signing a lucrative deal with Netflix and staying quiet about the portrayal of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on The Crown.

The streaming giant's original series has faced backlash for exaggerating events for dramatic effect, and the Duke has remained tight lipped.

Harry and Meghan signed a controversial deal with Netflix earlier this year which means he may be hesitant to voice his opinion about the show.

The Crown depicted his father and mother's relationship in the latest season, portraying their marriage and Diana's struggle with bulimia.

Commenting on the backlash with guest Olivia Utley, talkRADIO host Mike Graham argued the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had got themselves into trouble.

He said: "Meghan and Harry are in a bit of trouble with this over the fact Harry has said nothing about the way in which his mother and father have been portrayed in this series."

Journalist Ms Utley replied: "He has got himself into some hot water.

"He has got this deal with Netflix so he can't really say anything."

The commentator went on to claim the Duke of Sussex would find himself in similar situations going forwards due to "massive conflicts of interest".

She said: "Netflix is where their next paycheck is coming from.

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"Prince Harry is going to find himself in situations like this surely over and over again.

"How could he have just run off to Hollywood and not realised there are going to be huge consequences?

"There are going to be massive conflicts of interest all the time."

Mr Graham added: "This whole Crown Netflix thing is not going to go away.

"I know some people are sick to death about hearing about Harry and Meghan.

"But there are still people who believe Harry and Meghan are part of the Royal Family, there are still people who believe they are trading on that name. And I am afraid we are not going to stop picking them up on it. It is as simple as that."

The pair also joked about the possibility of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting involved directly with The Crown, reports Express.

Ms Utley said: "I don't know what the plan is for the rest of The Crown. Surely we will just be barreling through right up to the present day and they have then got huge problems with Harry. I think it would be a dream come true if Harry and Meghan played themselves."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to use their new Netflix platform to promote causes close to their heart, such as social injustice and diversity.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has said Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal will likely not be affected by The Crown.

Mr Fitzwilliams accused series four of the show of being “so nasty” – but has also said it makes use of “dramatic licence”.

Of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's plans with the Netflix deal, he told "I confidently predict, this goes as well when their non-profit foundation Archewell is launched, the issues of diversity, gender equality, environment and mental health. I think all of these will be issues they will champion."

Mr Fitzwilliams claimed the combination of the Netflix deal and speaking arrangements sets the royal couple up for financial success. He said: "All of this will mean that they will have the money, they already have the profile. Where will this lead to in the future? I suspect it will lead to an extremely high global profile."

Prince Harry's representatives have been contacted for comment.

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Charles
  • Prince Harry
  • Princess Diana
  • Netflix
  • Royal Family
  • Hollywood
  • The Crown

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