Netflix not happy with Harry and Meghan’s failed photo op: royal expert

Netflix won’t be so cool about this alleged royal denial.

The failure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to land a photo op with Queen Elizabeth and other senior royals with baby Lilibet at last week’s Platinum Jubilee is a bitter disappointment for Netflix executives, according to self-proclaimed royal expert Angela Levin.

The well-known biographer of Prince Harry and Camilla Parker Bowles dropped the bombshell during an appearance on British talk show GB News on Tuesday, The Daily Mail reported.

“I heard Netflix wanted those pictures of you with the royals,” Levin said of the alleged photo bombardment of a different kind. “Because they sold it. It would be very valuable, very valuable to them.”

The streaming platform gave the green light to the much-hyped ‘home’ documentaries of the runaway Sussexes in May – but the video cameras were reportedly banned from the anniversary as part of the ‘Sandringham deal’ struck when the couple celebrated their resigned from royal roles January 2020.

The outspoken Levin pointed to the new photo controversy that arose when Prince Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, introduced baby Lilibet, 1, to the Queen for the first time last Wednesday after they flew to the UK to attend the Platinum anniversary celebrations.

“I thought they were really like stubborn teenagers. If they didn’t get what they wanted, they would leave. You left early.”

Angela Levin, royal expert, on the alleged photo incident involving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Reports from several other outlets claim the California-based couple wanted their personal photographer to take happy snaps of the 96-year-old monarch and Lilibet – but were snubbed by an anonymous source, who claimed they were told: “Not a chance . It was a private family event,” the Sun originally reported. The same bird also claimed the Queen’s minders were concerned Harry and Markle would leak the photos to US TV networks.

However, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Post the claim was bogus, explaining: “They just had a private and intimate visit with the Queen.” Adding that the Sussexes didn’t even bother to ask for photos , as the 96-year-old monarch was unwell – a statement Levin refuted.

Levin agreed with the first explanation. “Harry and Meghan wanted to see the Queen as soon as possible, so she saw her on day one,” she claimed. “She went in and then they asked if they would bring their own photographer and they asked if he could take a picture of the two Lilibets and she said, ‘No, absolutely not possible.’

Queen Elizabeth’s communications secretary declined the Post’s request for comment on the conflicting reports of “private” meetings.

Netflix officials have not responded to requests to confirm Levin’s claims.

Levin previously told MailOnline that Harry was “incredibly cheeky”. He asked his grandmother to pose for a photo with his daughter given her failing health and the intense duties she had during the anniversary. She praised the palace “for being so smart and cunning that they never got a chance to be photographed with any of the senior royals”.

Meanwhile, the pair were booed on Friday as they performed at an anniversary event at St Paul's Cathedral.  The couple flew in from the UK on Sunday, even before the anniversary celebrations were wrapped.  However, sources told the Post this wasn't a royal snub - Harry and Markle had always intended to attend two events and leave.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were booed as they performed at an anniversary event at St Paul’s Cathedral. The couple flew in from the UK on Sunday, even before the anniversary celebrations were wrapped. However, sources told the Post this wasn’t a royal snub – Harry and Markle had always intended to attend two events and leave.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's failure to land pictures with the Queen and other senior royals at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee last week will disappoint Netflix executives, according to self-proclaimed royal expert Angela Levin.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s failure to land pictures with the Queen and other senior royals at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last week will disappoint Netflix executives, according to self-proclaimed royal expert Angela Levin.
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Levin explained that Prince Harry and Markle were seated on the right, while the rest of them – the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, Prince Charles, William and Kate Middleton – were seated on the other side.

In fact, Page Six reported that the power couple didn’t spend any private time with Prince William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis during their brief anniversary visit. Meanwhile, Williams’ family reportedly turned down an invitation from Harry and Meghan to attend Lilibet’s first birthday party.

Harry’s relationship with his brother Prince William has reportedly been strained since the Sussexes – who notoriously quit royal life in January 2020 – destroyed the royal family 14 months ago in an infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took daughter Lilibet to meet the Queen for the first time last week.  A royal source told the Post that the couple did not ask for a photo of the milestone moment.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed daughter Lilibet for the first time with Queen Elizabeth II last week. A royal source told the Post the couple did not ask for a photo of the milestone moment.
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Needless to say, Levin believed the royal cold shoulder will have a serious impact on the Sussexes’ streaming career, who inked a multi-million dollar deal with the streamer in 2020 after moving to the US.

“They would have taken advantage of it [the photos] for Netflix,” she lamented. “It would be a huge credit to them that they had them with their great-grandmother, you know.”

Investigative journalist Tom Bower, who is working on a biography of the Duchess of Sussex, agreed with her opinion. “The Sussexes’ contract with Netflix is ​​in jeopardy,” the Daily Mail reporter said. “Vetoing photos will fuel Sussexes’ resentment. Harry’s reprisals could be further revelations in his book, due for release later this year.

He added: “This is a dangerous game for both sides.”

In general, Levin felt that Prince Harry and Meghan’s behavior during the anniversary was a “very bad show… I think they felt like everyone[theroyalfamilywoulddropeverything”shesaidaddingthatafterthesnubthey”probablyjustwentoffangry”[dieköniglicheFamilieallesfallenlassenwürden“sagtesieundfügtehinzudasssienachderBrüskierung„wahrscheinlicheinfachabgegangensindWütend”[theroyalfamilywoulddropeverything”shesaidaddingthatfollowingthesnubthey“probablyjustwentoffinarage”

“I thought they were really like irritable teenagers,” she continued. “If they didn’t get what they wanted, they would leave. You left early. They left on the Sunday before the pageant. They also went to nothing else.”

She added: “They wanted to stay together as a family. I mean this is a nonsense thing. You’re with your family all the time, you don’t use that as an excuse when you’re so close.”

Levin's on-air salvo comes after Harry and Meghan were rumored to have been prevented from appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other senior members of the royal family.
Levin’s on-air salvo comes after Harry and Meghan – seen here at the Queen’s thanksgiving service on June 3 – were reportedly prevented from appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other senior members of the royal family appear .
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Levin’s on-air salvo comes after Harry and Meghan were rumored to have been prevented from appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other senior members of the royal family.

Meanwhile, the pair were booed on Friday as they performed at an anniversary event at St Paul’s Cathedral. The couple flew in from the UK on Sunday, before the anniversary celebrations were over. However, sources told the Post this wasn’t a royal snub – Harry and Markle had always intended to attend two events and leave.

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