Published On: Thu, Dec 22nd, 2022

Watching ‘The Crown’ and ‘Harry & Meghan’ at the Same Time Is Pretty Surreal

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, wearing a black blazer during her Panorama interview.

When I was in high school, I saw a bizarre video on the news: Princess Diana was walking through an airport, holding a tennis racket up against her face as she was mobbed by photographers. I didn’t know much about the British royal family and I knew even less about how the paparazzi operate, but I remember being stunned by the ghoulishness of it. Didn’t these people have any decency? Where was their self-respect? Why couldn’t they leave her alone? When Diana later died while fleeing photographers, the tennis racket video felt like an alarm bell that everyone had chosen to ignore.

In the Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tell the story of how the royal family’s collusion with British tabloids essentially drove the couple of out the UK. Tyler Perry, who let them stay at his home when they moved to Los Angeles, mentions that very video in an interview. “I realized that, after the marriage ended,” Perry says as the footage plays in episode 6, “[Diana] was thrown to the wolves.”

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