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The director of the Netflix docuseries Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has claimed Buckingham Palace tried to “discredit” the project.

The explosive six-part series took a personal look at her life and marriage, from their first messages to each other to Meghan opening up about suicidal thoughts and her mental health, as well as online trolls and media backlash she received.

At one point, the former Suits actress claims she was blocked by the royals from getting medical attention because she was having suicidal thoughts, while elsewhere she accused the palace of telling negative stories about her to the press.

The show has sparked controversy over claims the palace was given a chance to comment, while other members of the royal family were reportedly not contacted despite an on-screen disclaimer.

The first episode of the series began with: “This is a first-hand account of the story of Harry and Meghan, told with a never-before-seen personal archive. All interviews completed by August 2022.

“Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content of this series.”

The bombastic six-part series explained that the “Royal Family declined to comment” (Image: Netflix)

However, both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have previously denied receiving this right-to-reply approach, but according to director Liz Garbus, it was a sign that the series was being “discredited”.

Buckingham Palace said it had not asked for comment [on the docuseries] than we did,” she said.

She continued to Vanity Fair, “They did it to discredit us … and by discrediting us, they can discredit the content of the show.”

Liz Garbus

Director Liz Garbus claims the Palace tried to discredit the series (Image: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

“We had some of those moments that were a bit like Alice through the looking glass,” Garbus added, talking about how she delved into the claims Harry and Meghan made about the palace as part of the series.

Elsewhere, she responded to Jeremy Clarkson’s much-criticised article, in which he said he “hated” the Duchess of Sussex on a “cellular level” and said he wanted to see her parade down the street naked and be pelted with excrement.

“It was an extreme example of the kind of coverage they get. I definitely experienced that a little bit,” Garbus said.