A Crisis Expert Explains Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Did a "Wonderful Job" in Their New Documentary

Crisis expert and 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian weighed in on the impact of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's candid interviews in their new documentary.

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Last weekend, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) gave some of the most strikingly candid interviews we've ever seen from members of the British royal family in their documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey (opens in new tab).

The documentary, which premiered on the UK on ITV, came amid a string of troubles with the media for the couple. Not only have the Duke and Duchess faced criticism over some of their decisions (particularly surrounding their demands for privacy), but the royal couple are currently suing British tabloids (opens in new tab) over invasive reporting tactics and inaccurate stories that have been published about them.

So, will Harry and Meghan's documentary help their case against the media? Ronn Torossian (opens in new tab), crisis expert and CEO of 5WPR (opens in new tab), weighed in.

When it comes to public opinion about the Sussexes, Torossian believes the doc (and Harry and Meghan's deeply honest interviews (opens in new tab)) hit all the right notes.

"This documentary does a wonderful job of showing the public that while Meghan and Harry are public figures, they are people too," he says. "Between Harry opening up about how he is still affected by his mother’s death every day and Meghan discussing the challenges of being a new mother in the spotlight, the video softened their images and made them more appealing to the everyday person."

When it comes to the couple's relationship with the press—particularly with the British tabloids (opens in new tab)—Torossian's optimism is decidedly more cautious.

"However, whether this will help change how they are portrayed in the press is a different story," he adds. "American media and social media have had a sympathetic reaction, but the British tabloids have not really softened their coverage, and have never really warmed up to Meghan as a member of the royal family. Only time will tell if this documentary has the intended effect, and brings both Meghan and Harry out back up to the standing of proper royals."

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