Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lost first Netflix douseries director over ‘artistic differences’, claims TV insider

"There were a few sticky moments"

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The Oscar-nominated film-maker who was originally hired to film Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new Netflix docuseries reportedly walked out after arguments over the direction of the show, claims TV insider.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new Netflix docuseries has been at the centre of royal conversations for months. There have been endless rumours, controversy and anticipation - nearly enough to make an entire docuseries just about the run up to the release of the series itself!

Now it has been revealed that the controversy began before anyone even realised, right at the start of filming. According to The Daily Mail, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first hired the Oscar-nominated director, Garrett Bradley, to film their upcoming project before they had a falling out, clashed over the direction of the show, and she left.

A TV insider told the New York Post, "Garrett wanted Harry and Meghan to film at home and they were not comfortable doing that. There were a few sticky moments between them, and Garrett left the project. Harry and Meghan's own production company captured as much footage as they could before Liz Garbus was hired."

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Liz Garbus is a Left-leaning documentarian and filmmaker who worked on the last season of The Handmaid's Tale, earning her an Emmy nomination in 2021. Garbus was also due to work on Meghan Markle's other Netflix project, a series called Pearl, before it was scrapped by Netflix.

While the royal couple's Netflix documentary is expected to air within weeks, the pair have reportedly tried to push back the release date to 2023. There appears to be much confusion among US news outlets, with Deadline insisting the show will be delayed until the new year due to backlash over Season 5 of The Crown, while TV insiders insist the tell-all series will come out next month.

Page Six reports that there will be no postponement, stating that a source close to the project told them 'the show will go on' in December. The insider said, "As far as I am aware, the docuseries is still going ahead later this year."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Whether we get to see all the juicy details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's life in December or have to wait until the new year, Meghan Markle appears to be second guessing her decision to film anything at all.  

Around a month after the death of The Queen, Meghan Markle suggested that the show's direction was in the hands of the filmmaker, Liz Garbus, and that their story would be told in her way, not necessarily in the way that they chose. 

In an interview, she told Variety, "It's nice to be able to trust someone with our story - a seasoned director whose work I've long admired - even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it. But that's not why we're telling it. We're trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.

"It's interesting. My husband has never worked in this industry before. For me, having worked on Suits, it's so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view. That's been really fun."

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
Royal News and Entertainment writer

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.