The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been accused of taking a private photographer to Buckingham Palace to take pictures without the late Queen’s permission.
It comes after a behind-the-scenes image 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 2018 wedding and on holiday.
The one-minute trailer features an image that appears to have been taken inside Buckingham Palace, showing the couple exiting the garden entrance.
Protocol dictates that anyone wishing to film or take photographs in the monarch’s home must seek permission.
A new photo has shared a behind-the-scenes look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final engagements in the UK before they step down as members of the royal family in March 2020. The couple is seen exiting the garden entrance of Buckingham Palace. – hand
The pair axed members of staff a ‘farewell lunch’ at the exclusive five-star hotel The Goring last Thursday (pictured at the Endeavor Awards that evening)
According to the Telegraph, the photo caused some controversy among palace aides at the time, with a written complaint lodged amid claims the couple had not sought permission to film in the 775-room royal residence.
It is thought the Sussexes were not personally notified of the warning and the photographer was not asked to leave the grounds.
According to insiders, under normal circumstances, a memo would have been sent to the late queen seeking approval amid ‘strict protocol’ around filming and photography inside the palace.
The images are believed to have been captured during the couple’s UK ‘farewell tour’ in March 2020, which included a number of public engagements before returning to the US.
While in the UK, the couple were followed by photographer Chris Allerton. However, the never-before-seen image featured in the Netflix trailer has yet to be credited to a named photographer.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a number of ultra-personal never-before-seen images in the first trailer for their new Netflix documentary today. In a clip from the documentary, Meghan is seen with her head in her hands, crying
Other unseen images shared by the couple appear to show them in the early stages of their relationship while on holiday
The image shows the Duke and Duchess walking towards the Buckingham Palace garden exit where two footmen are holding the doors open for them. Meghan is dressed in a winter coat and heels and appears to be carrying a handbag similar to an outfit she wore to a farewell lunch for staff at the Goring Hotel during their visit in March 2020.
Sources claim there could be more images to come in the documentary, with the pair holding events in the Belgian Suite, the 1844 room and staff offices at the time.
An insider said the photographer’s presence in the palace was a ‘real breach’ of protocol.
The image was just one of many behind-the-scenes photos that aired in the trailer and could air in the upcoming six-part documentary, which explores their relationship from the early days to their decision to left the royal family. .
The documentary will include interviews with family and friends, who have never spoken publicly about the couple, and historians and journalists who delve into the media’s influence on the Sussexes’ relationship with the royal family and the Commonwealth.
In a never-before-seen picture 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 were paid 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 hands.
Another shows the couple gazing lovingly at each other, while Prince Harry holds a guitar, enjoying a holiday together and dancing at their wedding.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are also featured in the trailer, with a black-and-white image of the foursome sitting together at the Commonwealth Day service held at Westminster Abbey in 2020 – one of the Sussexes; recent royal engagements.
The clip opens with a producer asking ‘why do you want to make this documentary?’ before more than a dozen photos of Harry and Meghan sharing time together appeared, along with an image of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Harry’s voice is heard saying: “Nobody sees what goes on behind closed doors,” before viewers are shown a picture of Meghan in distress. “I had to do everything I could to protect my family,” the duke added later.
Finally, the trailer 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 comment.