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Magic of editing: Harry and Meghan Netflix trailer uses picture from Harry Potter premiere

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 2022-12-05

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T he first trailer for the Netflix documentary on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , Duchess of Sussex, places a black-and-white photograph of paparazzi out of context to portray the paparazzi as aggressive when it comes to the royal couple.

The image, which was really taken at the final Harry Potter premiere in 2011, appears in the trailer while Harry talks about the need to protect his family, implying that he was protecting them from the press. However, the premiere took place years before the couple even met.

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“In the Netflix trailer, it’s implied the photographers, including me, were trying to get a shot of the royal couple — but that’s nonsense,” photographer Doug Seeburg told the Sun on Sunday. “For a picture from that premiere to turn up in this trailer about Harry and Meghan seems like lazy picture research.”

No member of the British royal family was at the 2011 premiere, Seeburg added, which took place seven years before the couple's royal wedding.

The editing job by Netflix undermined Harry's comments on protecting his family, a royal expert told the publication. The image is the first result when searching for “paparazzi” images on the stock image website Alamy.

A second trailer for the six-part documentary series was released Monday and attempts to draw parallels between Meghan and Princess Diana . Footage of paparazzi photographing both Meghan and Diana, along with flashy headlines, was featured in the trailer.

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"The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution — this feeding frenzy," Harry said.

The first three episodes of the documentary series premiere on Thursday and are expected to include a deeper dive into the controversies surrounding the royal couple and shed light on the reasons the couple left the royal scene for life in the United States. A second part, which will include the last three episodes, will be released one week later on Dec. 15.

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