Invictus Games: Netflix will film Prince Harry and Meghan’s meeting with Ukraine’s team

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to bring a Netflix camera crew to a private meeting with the Ukraine team as they head to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands this weekend, it can be revealed.

Netflix will follow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex throughout the tour as part of the couple’s $ 100 million deal with the media giant, which is making a documentary about the Paralympic Games for military veterans.

The film crew will have exclusive access to the couple in The Hague and is expected to film the meeting behind closed doors between Harry and Meghan and the Invictus team from the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, security teams were seen around The Hague today with sniffer dogs and police officers when a ring of steel was put in place before the royal couple flew in from California for the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Harry and Meghan – who have been given the so-called VVIP (very, very important person) status by the Dutch authorities – will also be filmed being celebrated by competitors and their families throughout their journey.

However, critics have accused the couple of making money on the games by allowing the Netflix cameras for private meetings. And royal experts believe that the VVIP status given to the couple will allow Netflix to portray the couple – heavily criticized for failing to attend the Duke of Edinburgh Memorial – in a particularly favorable light.

This comes after sources close to the couple revealed that Harry and Meghan will be given “VVIP” status in the Netherlands, giving them top-level local protection – which will be seen as an attempt to justify their non-participation at Prince Philips Memorial . service at Westminster Abbey last month due to security concerns.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured in 2018) are off to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, which start on Saturday

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague is tightened today, two days before the start of the games

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague is tightened today, two days before the start of the games

Police, military personnel and security guards are currently patrolling Zuiderpark in The Hague in the Netherlands

Police, military personnel and security guards are currently patrolling Zuiderpark in The Hague in the Netherlands

“The Netflix movie team will definitely capture Harry and Meghan positively,” said Talk Radio’s royal commentator Charles Rae.

‘It will look as if they are still members of the royal family when they are private citizens. It will be the whole purpose of showing people that they are still considered very important people. It will undoubtedly play a big part in the ‘VVIP’ status they have been given by the Dutch authorities. ‘

The film crew is expected to travel in the same armed police-protected procession that will take Harry and Meghan to Zuiderpark Stadium, where the opening ceremony will take place on Saturday.

They will also film the emotional moment Harry and Meghan meet members of the Ukrainian team, whose presence is marked by heartache over the loss of four of their former colleagues who died to defend their country.

The tour marks a return to the limelight for Meghan, whose previous high-profile appearances have been the Oprah Winfrey interview and a highly panned appearance on the Ellen DeGenres show.

The Netflix doc series, which is filmed over the course of a week while the games are staged, is called ‘Heart of Darkness’.

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark ahead of Invictus Games, which begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark ahead of Invictus Games, which begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday

Police, military personnel and security guards are currently patrolling Zuiderpark in The Hague in the Netherlands

Police, military personnel and security guards are currently patrolling Zuiderpark in The Hague in the Netherlands

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague is tightened today, two days before the start of the games

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague is tightened today, two days before the start of the games

It is the first co-production with the couple’s Archewell Productions and will be made by the Oscar-winning team by director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara.

They were responsible for the highly acclaimed documentary ‘White Helmets’ about first responders during the Syrian conflict.

According to Archwell, the docu-series will ‘showcase strong stories of resilience and hope from competitors on their journey to the Invictus Games’.

The meeting between the royal couple and the Ukrainian team is expected to be one of the most emotional moments in the week-long matches, where participants from 20 nations attended.

Their arrival at Schiphol Airport was marked by heartache after four members of the team died to defend their country.

Sergey Smilin was killed in service on March 18, while former Invictus rivals Vladimir Motelchuk and Dmytro Oliynyk lost their lives in rocket attacks on March 29, and former lawyer Serhii Karajvan died in combat on March 13.

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark ahead of Invictus Games, which begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark ahead of Invictus Games, which begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague is tightened today, two days before the start of the games

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague is tightened today, two days before the start of the games

Police, military personnel and security guards are currently patrolling Zuiderpark in The Hague in the Netherlands

Police, military personnel and security guards are currently patrolling Zuiderpark in The Hague in the Netherlands

“They were all extremely active in the international Invictus community on the We Are Invictus platform, competing in events over the past year, including the Virtual London Marathon and online rowing championships,” a spokesman for Invictus said.

Meghan is expected to arrive with her husband in the Netherlands on Friday and she is expected to stay for four days.

A minute of silence will be observed for those who died in the Ukraine conflict at the start of the opening ceremony in Zuiderpark in The Hague on Saturday night.

It will be Meghan’s first overseas trip since she left the royal family in 2020 and moved to California.

The event has been postponed twice due to the pandemic, and it was at the 2017 Games in Toronto that the royal couple were seen together for the first time. Months later, they announced their engagement.

It is understood that Harry and Meghan will not have an audience with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima during their stay and will instead have to spend the night in a hotel in The Hague.

Traditionally, the Dutch royal family hosts the stays of foreign royals, but a spokesman has confirmed that such an olive branch will not be extended to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The couple has been granted VVIP status by the authorities and will be protected by the members’ local police and their own private security team.

Royal experts suggested today that Harry and Meghan will use their VVIP status in the Netherlands in their dispute with the Home Office, where he demands full police protection when visiting the UK.

Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague today, which hosts the Invictus Games event this year

Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague today, which hosts the Invictus Games event this year

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark ahead of Invictus Games, which begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday

Security at Sportcampus Zuiderpark ahead of Invictus Games, which begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday

Harry was absent from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in London last month due to a claim against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be given the same level of personal protection when visiting from the US, on despite the fact that he offered to pay for it himself.

The duke wants to take his children with him to visit Britain, but he has said the family ‘are unable to return home’ because it is too dangerous, a legal representative claimed.

Royal Author Phil Dampier said the couple will try to use the level of protection they receive in the Netherlands to prove to British authorities that they should have the same on their visit.

“Harry and Meghan are no longer members of the royal family and have said they are private citizens until it comes to safety,” Mr Dampier said.

‘They do not deserve VVIP status as they are no longer members of the royal family. I suspect that the Dutch authorities have given them VVIP status to appease them.

‘It is nonsense to say that they would not have been given full security if they had bothered to attend Prince Philips’ memorial service. They would have been in the royal bubble and had full security during the duration of the voyage.

‘The security or lack of it was an excuse. The real reason for the absence was the big quarrel with the rest of the family. ‘

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