The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been accused of taking a private photographer to Buckingham Palace for photos without the late Queen’s permission.
It comes after behind-the-scenes footage was released on Netflix in a trailer for the couple’s new documentary, which shows a series of black and white photographs taken at their Frogmore Cottage home, during their wedding reception in 2018 and during the holidays.
The minute-long trailer features an image that appears to have been taken inside Buckingham Palace, showing the couple exiting the garden entrance.
The protocol states that anyone wishing to film or take photos in the monarch’s home must obtain permission.
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Last Thursday the couple hosted a ‘farewell lunch’ for ax staff at the exclusive five-star hotel The Goring (pictured, at the Endeavor Awards that evening)
According to the Telegraph, the photograph caused some discord among palace aides at the time, with a written complaint filed despite the couple not asking permission to film at the 775-bedroom royal residence.
It is believed the Sussexes were not personally notified of the warning and the photographer was not asked to leave the scene.
According to insiders, under normal circumstances, a memo would have been sent to the late Queen asking for her approval under “strict protocol” regarding filming and photography inside the palace.
The footage is believed to have been captured during the couple’s ‘farewell tour’ of the UK in March 2020, which included a host of public engagements before returning to the US.
In the UK, the couple was tracked by photographer Chris Allerton. However, the never-before-seen image that appears on Netflix’s trailer has yet to be attributed to a named photographer.
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The image shows the Duke and Duchess walking towards the exit from the garden of Buckingham Palace where two footmen hold the gates open for them. Meghan is wearing a winter coat and heels and appears to be holding a handbag similar to an outfit she wore to a farewell lunch for staff at the Goring Hotel when they visited in March 2020.
Sources say there may be more footage to come in the documentary, with the couple having held events in the Belgian Suite, Room 1844 and staff offices at this time.
An insider said the photographer’s presence in the palace was a “true breach” of protocol.
The image was just one of many behind-the-scenes shots shown in the trailer and could be featured in the upcoming six-part documentary, which explores their relationship from its beginnings to their decision to step down. the Royal family. .
The documentary is expected to include interviews with family and friends, who have never spoken publicly about the couple, as well as historians and journalists looking at the media’s influence on the Sussexes’ relationship with the Royal Family and the Commonwealth.
In a never-before-seen photo from their wedding, the Duke and Duchess can be seen dancing together
William and Kate with Harry and Meghan at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey
The Sussexes have been handed a rumored $100m (£88m) for the fly-on-the-wall series.
Other images show the couple kissing at their Frogmore Cottage home, and an image of what appears to be Meghan crying during a phone call with her head in her hand.
Another shows the couple gazing lovingly at each other as Prince Harry holds a guitar, enjoys a holiday together and dances at their wedding reception.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are also featured in the trailer, with a black and white image of the quartet sitting together at the Commonwealth Day service held at Westminster Abbey in 2020 – one of the Sussexes; last royal engagements.
The clip opens with a producer asking “why do you want to do this documentary?” before more than a dozen photos showed Harry and Meghan sharing time together, as well as an image of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Harry’s voice is heard saying, “No one sees what happens behind closed doors”, before viewers see the picture of Meghan in distress. “I had to do everything to protect my family,” the duke later added.
The trailer finally cuts to his wife, who says, “When the stakes are so high, doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?”
MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace for a comment.