Harry and Meghan create hero and villian propaganda piece with subtle tactics

Harry and Meghan's bombshell Netflix documentary has been called a "masterwork of reputation management" designed to subtly make the viewer believe a "victim and perpetrator mentality", an expert has said.

The explosive documentary shows the Duke of Sussex enjoying candid moments with his son Archie, as well as the Duchess of Sussex in several childhood clips that see her spend quality time with her dad and read poems.

But Edward Coram-James, a crisis management expert and CEO of Go Up, told the Daily Star that key moments in the Netflix special were carefully designed to change the public perception of the Sussexes.

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He explained: "It is a propaganda piece, carefully crafted to set up heroes and villains. As such, in many ways it is a masterwork of reputation management.

"When the Sussexes are introduced or telling their story, the music is light, fun and whimsical. When the institution of the Royal Family is introduced, by way of showing a Royal Parade, the music quickly shifts to dark, somber and ominous.

"We are being methodically guided towards a victim and perpetrator mentality."

The expert pointed out that primary words associated with Harry and Meghan throughout the Netflix show include "love", "protect" and "children", whilst the Royal Family is stuck with words like "hounded", "harassed" and "expectation".

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He added: "From a reputation management point of view, this is exactly what the Sussexes should be doing. However, it is usually very difficult to achieve this….

"It is not a piece of journalism, but reputation management in its purest form."

The controversial royal pair's documentary series comes after Megxit made headlines around the world in 2020 and sent shockwaves through the palace.

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Harry and Meghan, parents to Archie and Lilibet, have taken part in a number of high profile interviews since then, including a bombshell sit-down with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

More recently, Meghan's interview with The Cut hit the headlines as the former actress said it takes "a lot of effort" to forgive.

Meghan said that "just by existing" she and Harry were "upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy" before they stepped down as working royals.

The Daily Star has contacted representatives of Harry and Meghan for a comment.

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