Photo of Prince Harry covering his face from paparazzi in bombshell Netflix trailer shows Duke with his ex Chelsy Davy – and producers have cropped her out
- The image featured in Netflix’s bombshell trailer promoting new docu-series
- Photo was taken in 2007 at Heathrow when Harry greeted his ex-girlfriend
- Producers cropped out Chelsy from the photo entirely and added a filter
- Netflix also used a photo from 2011 premiere neither Harry or Meghan attended
A photo of Prince Harry covering his face from paparazzi that was included in Netflix’s bombshell documentary trailer was taken while the Duke of Sussex was dating Chelsy Davy.
Last week, the streaming platform released a 60-second clip promoting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new £88m docu-series, which debuts later this week.
Along with unseen photos from the couple’s early relationship, the dramatic trailer also included several images from Harry’s childhood.
The montage culminates in a photo of the Prince dressed casually in a baseball cap and jacket trying to dodge paparazzi.
This photo of a casually dressed Prince Harry featured in an image montage in the bombshell Netflix trailer last week
Ahead of the documentary’s premiere on Thursday, royal fans have now identified the paparazzi photo of the Duke – which was taken when he was still dating his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy in September 2007.
The couple – who met while attending schools in London – dated on-and-off for six years from 2004 after Harry travelled to Zimbabwe, where Chelsy’s millionaire father owns and runs a game reserve, during his gap year.
The picture was taken moments after Prince Harry – who was 22 years old at the time – met his ex-girlfriend at Heathrow Airport following her 11-hour flight from Johannesburg, which landed at 6:20am.
While Harry holds his hand up to try and stop photographers capturing their reunion, Chelsy – who welcomed his first baby with husband Sam Cutmore-Scott in January – keeps her eyes lowered as she rolls her suitcase behind her.
The picture was actually taken in September 2007 when Prince Harry met his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davey at Heathrow Airport. Netflix cropped out Chelsey and appear to have added a filter to emphasise the flash photography
Prince Harry and Chelsy pictured in May 2008 at a service of remembrance and thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church in Windsor. The couple dated on-and-off from 2004 to 2010
Despite the original picture showing the Prince with his arm wrapped around his partner at the time, Netflix producers instead cropped Chelsy out entirely from the frame.
What’s more, the photo appears to have also been digitally altered to emphasis the flash photography.
After spotting the original photo, body language expert Jesus Enrique Rosas tweeted: ‘You just can’t make this s*** up.
‘For Harry and MEGHAN’s Netflix teaser they included a cropped picture of Harry… with Chelsy Davy! LMAO WHAT IS THIS!’
In reference to a stock photo Netflix also used from a Harry Potter premiere, another added: ‘At least they got the right Harry this time…’
Producers then went back through old pictures of the Duchess of Sussex before jumping to a clip of the mother-of-two breaking down in tears next to her husband.
The photograph used in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailer released earlier this week
The image shows a large number of photographers purportedly fighting for space to snap desirable pictures of Harry and Meghan
Over the weekend, it was revealed a photograph in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailer showing how they were supposedly hounded by paparazzi was actually taken at a Harry Potter premiere five years before they met.
The image shows a large number of photographers purportedly fighting for space to snap pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
But they were in fact alongside the red carpet at the premiere for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two in central London – the final film of JK Rowling’s franchise – which no royals attended.
The picture – which appears first under search results for ‘paparazzi’ on stock image website Alamy – was taken five years before Harry and Meghan were introduced to each other in 2016.
The picture is shown as Harry narrates: ‘I had to do everything I could to protect my family.’
Meghan Markle is seen wiping back tears in the explosive new trailer. The Duchess of Sussex was filmed sitting next to her husband Prince Harry who leans back in exasperation after being dealt some bad news
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a number of ultra-personal unseen images in the first trailer for their new Netflix documentary last week – including this pregnancy shot
There were also a number of selfies of the couple shared in the trailer (left and right), apparently loved up in the early stages of the relationship
The trailer ends with Meghan asking: ‘When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?’
Royal expert Ingrid Seward told The Sun: ‘I don’t imagine Harry would have realised, but Netflix have been careless here as it weakens Harry’s comment about protecting his family. This fake picture weakens his point.’
The clip opens with a producer asking ‘why do you want to make this documentary?’ before more than a dozen photos flash up of Harry and Meghan sharing time together, along with one image of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Harry’s voice is heard saying, ‘no one sees what goes on behind closed doors’.
The trailer finally cuts to his wife, who says: ‘When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?’
As well as including dozens of supposedly private pictures from their family album, footage shows a shot focusing on a pinched-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Service in London, with the Sussexes sitting meekly behind them
Undated handout photo issued by Netflix of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex kissing in a kitchen
Undated handout photo issued by Netflix of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a photo booth
The Sussexes have been paid a rumoured $100million (£88million) for the fly-on-the-wall series, which has left the Royal Family braced for more damaging accusations from the couple
Last week, the promotional trailer was branded a ‘declaration of war’ by royal insiders after the clip dropped on the second day of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Boston tour.
After showing Meghan in tears, the film then immediately cuts away to a shot focusing on a pinched-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Service in London, with the Sussexes sitting meekly behind them.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, an insider said: ‘I don’t see how anyone could view it as anything other than a declaration of war.’
Another said the timing of the trailer’s release had not gone unnoticed among palace staff, adding: ‘None of this is a surprise’.
The minute-long Netflix teaser strongly suggests the Sussexes will confront rumours about their tempestuous relationships with senior royals head-on.
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