‘Smear campaign’ claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were ‘abused’

Written by Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Alexi Lubomirski, CNN

The BBC is facing a backlash over a documentary about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship that claims the royal couple were subjected to “explicit bullying.”

The 1-hour documentary, entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole: The Truth About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” aired Sunday, 14 months after their wedding.

The BBC says the documentary is available on BBC iPlayer and can be viewed online, with subsequent episodes to air on the BBC Two channel.

However, it has been criticized by Markle’s lawyer for producing an “unbalanced and inaccurate portrayal” of the couple, according to a statement released Monday by Stephenson Harwood Solicitors.

The British law firm represents Markle, who is from Los Angeles.

She was “deeply disappointed that the BBC, through its news and documentary departments, chose to incorporate such a gross distortion and inaccuracy of the facts,” according to the statement.

“Her intention is to set the record straight in order to facilitate a dialogue with the BBC so that this can be rectified quickly and constructively.”

The movie, which is narrated by “Captain America” star Chris Evans, documents the relationship between Harry and Markle, focusing on rumors about the pair, particularly after their wedding last May.

The BBC said the documentary included “a wide variety of sources, including royal insiders and members of the public.”

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have recently asked me to point out some of the major inaccuracies in this piece which distort the truth and prevent a more balanced and accurate portrayal of them,” Samantha Grant, Markle’s mother, said in the statement.

“There is a huge difference between a mother-in-law who was trying to help her and is taking some heat and a mother that is meddling in the lives of a royal couple in the public eye that perhaps she never should have been a part of,” she added.

Buckingham Palace also criticized the BBC documentary, saying on Twitter that it “refuses to reflect the reality.”

“Although the program goes on to discuss the harm caused to them, it fails to acknowledge that she was punished and made to look foolish by being cut off from her family and excluded from their communication,” the Palace said.

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