BBC backlash as viewers fume ‘stop it’ over Meghan and Harry coverage

Harry and Meghan series to garner 'lots of interest' says expert

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The first three instalments of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s docuseries were released on Netflix on Thursday morning. BBC Breakfast covered the launch of the series but viewers took to Twitter to air their frustration at the level of coverage with some pointing out there were “more important issues” that needed attention. 

Naga introduced: “After days of publicity and controversy, the first three episodes of a new series about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been released on the streaming service Netflix.”

“The couple says the programme called Harry and Meghan is a chance to give their account of their troubled relationship with the media and the rest of Britain’s Royal Family,” Charlie continued. 

BBC Breakfast’s royal correspondent Sarah Campbell had begun to watch the instalments as soon as they dropped. 

Speaking to Sarah, Charlie commented: “On one hand this is an entertainment show made by Netflix and they’ll want lots of people to watch it but people like you, journalists, will be looking to see if there are things of significance in there that we just did not know before.”

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“People like journalists will be pouring over every single frame,” Sarah agreed.

She pointed out in the opening sequence the words “members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content of this series” were shown on screen. 

“For members of the public Harry and Meghan have always been a divisive couple,” she continued. 

“This is going to garner a lot of interest for the Netflix streaming giant.”

Harry & Meghan: First look at final three Netflix episodes

Some BBC Breakfast viewers were not impressed with the Netflix series’ level of coverage. 

@nikkihack tweeted: “Why oh why are #BBCBreakfast headlining the #HarryandMeghan Netflix series? Apparently, we’re going to be treated to a blow by blow account from their Royal reporter. 

“I like them both but there are more important issues in the UK right now. #StrikeAction #CostOfLivingCrisis.”

@nightlight27k agreed: “People freezing. People missing meals. People waiting for ambulances. People lying in hospital corridors. People broken by this heinous government but what is the top story? #HarryandMeghan for God’s sake get a grip. Families argue & are estranged. Life for many. #BBCBreakfast.”

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“@bbcbreakfast @bbcnews #BBCBreakfast Some people don’t want to watch or hear about the trashy Netflix H&M ‘documentary’ so please stop having your royal correspondent summarise what they have seen when they watched it. #noonecares,” @ZuchonRocky vented. 

@anonanon1097 shared: “Media hell bent on Harry and Meghan this morning when we have more bigger things to worry about. Stop it! Focus on the fraud stories and cost of living crisis driven by the Tories!  #gmb #skynews #BBCBreakfast.”

Meanwhile, Harry revealed how he really met Meghan in just one of the surprising revelations in their Netflix docuseries. 

Harry said: “Meghan and I met over Instagram. I was scrolling through my feed and someone who was a friend had this video of the two of them, like a Snapchat and um, it’s…”

Meghan explained that the picture Harry first saw of her was one where she was using a filter with cartoon dog ears.

Harry confirmed: “That was the first thing. I was like, ‘Who is that?'”

Laughing, Meghan added: “That’s ridiculous,” as Harry explained: “And then she sent me an email saying, ‘I know you said you’re single and, a friend of mine asked about you and, maybe you’d like to meet him.’

“And I said, ‘Who is it?’ And she said, ‘It’s Prince Haz.’ I said, ‘Who’s that?'”

Meghan added: “I asked if I could see his feed. So that’s the thing. When people say, ‘Did you Google him?’, No.”

BBC Breakfast airs on BBC One daily at 6am.

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