Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been treated as royal trolls.
Netflix’s trailer for the highly anticipated docuseries starring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was released on Monday, but several online users immediately criticized it as “hypocritical.”
The minute-long trailer shows the former royals discussing their experience with the UK royal family, who they claimed was filled with “pain and suffering”.
“I was terrified. I didn’t want history to repeat itself,” Harry, 38, said of his wife Meghan, 41. “The pain and suffering of women getting married in this institution, this feeding frenzy.”
While the video garnered 1.4 million views on YouTube and 16,000 likes on Tuesday, commenters started a trend of trolling former royals by beginning a comment with “I love the where part,” before roasting the partner.
“I love the part where Harry and Meghan write a letter making it clear that the monarchy is a terribly oppressive system,” one user reflected. “Just before signing your letter ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’.”
“I love the part where Harry advises people to quit their jobs if they’re feeling stressed and trust their multi-million dollar trust fund instead. Very relatable,” joked another.
Until Tuesday, the number of “dislikes” on the video was hidden; however, one user noted that, at the time of publication, the video had 121,000 dislikes.
“I love the part where Harry is so concerned about the press and the safety of his families that he hires paparazzi to document his escape into this incredible private life of interviews, podcasts and Netflix series,” wrote one reviewer. “So brave and hypocritical that a tear comes out of my left eye!”
“I love the section where the British public showed their utter contempt for the couple by cheering madly, waving flags and contributing to the wedding,” another quipped. “Brings a tear to the eye, but only the left and only the one.”
One viewer commented on Harry’s quote stating, “There’s a hierarchy in the family.”
“I love the part where, after spending 39 years in the royal family, Harry suddenly realizes that there is a hierarchy,” they wrote.
Some users criticized the streaming site for even considering the idea of docuseries.
“I love the part where Netflix had the guts to leave the comments open. It’s pure gold,” joked one user.
“I love how Netflix manages to turn this story into a new genre: comedic reality-fiction,” another person quipped.
“I especially love the part where Netflix instilled the Sussexes’ spite and jealousy by scheduling the release of the first trailer to spoil the trip to Wales, USA. What loyalty! Very inspiring,” chimed in a third person, referring to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who this week visited Boston, where they were mocked during a basketball game with chants of “USA.”
“Harry & Meghan” will stream on Netflix on December 8, 2022, and its second part will be released on December 15.