Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Netflix documentary: Photo of press hunt exposed as ‘fake’

A photo used by Netflix to show Harry and Meghan being hounded by the press was actually taken at a Harry Potter premiere years before the pair met.

A trailer for the couple’s upcoming documentary showed rows of photographers clamoring for the best shot, reports The sun.

But they really turned their cameras on the all-star cast of the latest film in JK Rowling’s wizarding franchise at an event in July 2011.

The image – including an image of The sun photographer Doug Seeburg — is used in the Netflix trailer before Prince Harry says in a voiceover, “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”

But the couple didn’t meet until about five years later, in 2016.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward told The sun: “I can’t imagine Harry would have realized it, but Netflix has been careless here because it weakens Harry’s comment about protecting his family. This fake photo weakens his point.”

The photo is the first search result under “paparazzi” on the leading stock photo website Alamy.

It was taken at the London premiere before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Twoin Trafalgar Square, London.

Rowling and the movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were on the red carpet.

Sun photographer Doug can be seen in the photo used by Harry and Meghan’s team.

He said: “I remember going to the premiere. It was a huge event. Crowds and crowds of fans had come out in the rain and camped overnight to see the actors. There were no members of the royal family there.

“It is suggested in the Netflix trailer that the photographers, including myself, were trying to get a picture of the royal couple, but that’s nonsense.”

“For a photo from that premiere to show up in this trailer about Harry and Meghan seems like lazy image research.”

Netflix declined to comment on the use of the photo. It comes as royal family insiders believe the palace is growing tired of the constant attacks from the Sussexes and they are unaware of any further revelations.

The Palace reportedly has no plans to “engage” with claims in the docuseries that Netflix has labeled a “global event.”

The six-part series will reportedly make viewers “come away with empathy” for the LA-based couple.

It’s scheduled for release this week in what Netflix has described as a “global event.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

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