Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Netflix Documentary Is Delayed After Backlash Over Upcoming Season Of 'The Crown'

All eyes have been on the royal family since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and there has been some backlash from Buckingham Palace over the content of the upcoming season of "The Crown." Reportedly, Netflix has since halted the release of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming documentary.

By Gina Florio1 min read
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The next season of The Crown will be the fifth installment, and it follows now-King Charles and Princess Diana in the 1990s. Although the series is wildly popular across many audiences, Buckingham Palace released a statement reminding the world that the show was more fictional than realistic, especially following the Queen's death last month. The intense backlash of the upcoming Crown season may have resulted in Netflix halting the release of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming documentary.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix Documentary Is Delayed after Backlash over Upcoming Season of The Crown

Over the weekend, former UK Prime Minister John Major insisted that a plot line in the first episode of season five is completely false. The episode is called "Queen Victoria Syndrome," and Charles (played by Dominic West) meets with Major to discuss the Queen stepping down from the monarchy so that he can take over. The scene features a passage from the Sunday Times in 1991 about ”an ageing monarch, too long on the throne whose remoteness from the modern world has led people to grow tired not just of her but of the monarchy itself.”

Major and other public figures bashed this upcoming episode of The Crown, insisting that it is "malicious nonsense." This season is set to release on November 9, and Netflix supposedly planned to release the documentary series about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shortly after season five. But a source told Deadline that "they're rattled at Netflix, and they blinked first and decided to postpone the documentary."

The documentary series was partly filmed at Harry and Meghan's estate in Montecito, and it's produced by Netflix and Archewell Productions. However, there has been no official release date, just talk that it would be broadcast a few weeks after The Crown season five premiered.

Netflix has reportedly decided to halt the release of the docuseries, though, and they even released a statement on Monday saying that "there's never been any documentary from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed." It seems as though the streaming service has been a bit spooked out by the backlash they've been receiving about the fifth season of The Crown.