In a trailer for “Harry & Meghan,” the Netflix-abetted public service announcement on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle asked whether it didn’t make sense “to hear our story from us” especially “when the stakes were this high.” To which many Americans would likely answer “No” and “Are they really?”A viewer really has to be on board the royal soap-opera bus not to be bored out of one’s mind by “Harry & Meghan,” not that anyone on it rides a bus: The story of Meghan Markle, of the erstwhile “Suits,” and Prince Harry , of the perennial drama “The Windsors,” is one that involves matters of wealth, romance, monarchy, English vs. American racism, English vs. American tabloid journalism, family betrayals and what victimization really means.
Also, the blinkered view of the main characters as to who they happen to be.
“Anyone else in my situation would have done the same thing,” says the duke, referring to the couple’s decision to remove themselves from The Firm and live their life as non-royals.
One wants to answer “ no one has ever been in your situation,” though the distinct peculiarity of the couple’s position is only brought up when convenient, depending on what is being argued in this six-part, one-sided series.
Director Liz Garbus is a respected documentarian, but documentarians are propagandists by instinct and in the not-so-royals she has eager collaborators.