Meghan and Harry trailer would have been questioned by Ofcom

Harry & Meghan: Explosive trailer for Netflix documentary

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s docuseries has divided Netflix viewers as the various bombshells in the first three episodes sparked both a backlash and adoration for the couple. However, some producers have claimed the series’ trailer would not have been tolerate by British broadcasters due to regulating body Ofcom. 

In the trailer, Meghan and Harry teased their Netflix series as the explained it was there chance to tell their side of the story. 

Throughout the clip, viewers were shown footage of the press hounding the royal couple. 

However, there were two pieces of stock footage that appeared to show the couple surrounded by photographers but these were in fact from different occasions. 

At one point, it seemed as if photographers were rushing towards the couple when they visited Brixton, London.

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Instead, this was footage of the press surrounding Katie Price at Crawley magistrates court. 

Another clip was taken from footage of Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen leaving his flat to begin a prison sentence. 

Former commissioning editor for BBC’s Panorama and Dispatches on Channel 4 claimed these two bits of footage would not have made it into the trailer if a British broadcaster had commissioned the series. 

Peter Grimsdale said: “It’s almost hard-wired into us to make sure we know where every shot comes from because that’s the sort of thing that if there was complaints about it, you would be in real trouble. 

“There’s a certain duty of care. I think people working for Sky would feel the same way. 

“It’s partly a function of regulations just being different in America.”

Peter told The Times: “I’m going to be watching the Harry & Meghan show with an eagle eye to see what else is wrong with it.”

However, David Elstein, a former head of programmes at Thames Television and BskyB, and the founding chief executive of Channel 5 disagreed.

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He argued that the trailer of the documentary should not be judged as harshly as the series itself. 

“These seem pretty minor misdemeanours to me and would be unlikely to attract much attention from Ofcom [if Netflix were subject to regulation].” 

He added: “I would have two watchwords here: mountains and molehills.”

Express.co.uk contacted a representative for comment.

“There’s a certain duty of care. I think people working for Sky would feel the same way. 

“It’s partly a function of regulations just being different in America.”

Peter added: “I’m going to be watching the Harry & Meghan show with an eagle eye to see what else is wrong with it.”

However, David Elstein, a former head of programmes at Thames Television and BskyB, and the founding chief executive of Channel 5 disagreed.

In the documentary, Harry addressed how he felt the Royal Family let down Meghan.

“The direction from the Palace was don’t say anything,” says Harry. “But what people need to understand is, as far as a lot of the family were concerned, everything that she was being put through, they had been put through as well.

“So it was almost like a rite of passage, and some of the members of the family were like ‘my wife had to go through that, so why should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should you get special treatment? Why should she be protected?”‘

“I said ‘the difference here is the race element.’”

Harry & Meghan is available on Netflix. 

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