In a striking development this Thursday, Nov. 16, Netflix unveiled the first four episodes of "The Crown" Season Six, immediately stirring a whirlwind of speculation and controversy. This latest installment in the acclaimed series is critical for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are currently entangled in a multi-million-dollar contract with the streaming giant.
"The Crown," known for its dramatic reenactment of royal family history, has this season delved into the sensitive and heartrending narrative surrounding Princess Diana's tragic demise. This portrayal has sparked significant debate, particularly concerning its impact on Prince Harry's continued partnership with Netflix.
A seasoned PR expert, Ryan McCormick, shared his insights with The Mirror, voicing doubts about the Suss*xes' willingness to proceed with their Netflix collaboration. He highlighted the potentially "disrespectful" depiction of Princess Diana's death and the ethereal portrayal of her spirit, elements that could be deeply unsettling for Prince Harry.
Prince Harry's Tipping Point?
McCormick referenced Prince Harry's 2021 appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he discussed his perspective on "The Crown". "It's fictional, but it's loosely based on the truth," Harry had remarked, suggesting a degree of comfort with the show, in stark contrast to the invasive media stories about his family.
However, McCormick cautions, "If 'The Crown' portrays Princess Diana's death sensationalistically, lacking respect or sentimental value, it might push Prince Harry to a breaking point. A public disavowal and severing ties with Netflix could be imminent." In a different take, PR expert Matt Yanofsky brings a pragmatic view to the discussion, underscoring the financial aspects of royal independence.
"Stepping back from royal financial support makes being a prince quite costly. Harry is likely to pursue all viable work opportunities," Yanofsky notes. As the story unfolds, the world watches closely. Will the Duke and Duchess of Suss*x continue their lucrative partnership with Netflix, or will the controversial depiction of Princess Diana's life and legacy in "The Crown" compel a dramatic realignment of their professional path? This question looms large in the backdrop of an ever-evolving royal narrative.