Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may find themselves facing another lawsuit related to their Netflix show, as YouTuber Shallon Lester accuses them of “slander” and “mischaracterization.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s series, Harry & Meghan, topped the Netflix charts in December but received criticism from various sources.
Lester claims that she was misrepresented in the show when a clip from her YouTube channel briefly appeared during a segment about online trolls. In a recent YouTube video, she expressed her intention to pursue legal action, citing defamation, slander, and mischaracterization.
Although Lester’s name is displayed momentarily on screen during the show, she is never mentioned by name or provided substantial airtime. The clip features a snippet from her YouTube channel discussing separation from one’s core, but it is unclear in what context it was used. The segment focused on Christopher Bouzy of data analysis firm Bot Sentinel, who discussed a broader online campaign against Meghan without directly referencing Lester.
Lester expressed her dissatisfaction on YouTube, highlighting the use of her image in the documentary while discussing a shadowy cabal of housewives orchestrating online attacks against Meghan and Harry. She denied any racial motivation in her opposition to Meghan and criticized the couple’s response to public disapproval. She also took a dig at Meghan and Harry over the failure of their Spotify podcast deal.
Bouzy, who appeared in the documentary, responded to Lester’s claims by stating that he did not mention her during the program and had no prior knowledge of her. He suggested that her threats of legal action might be an attempt to gain media visibility and drive traffic to her YouTube channel. Bouzy also criticized the trend of content creators employing meritless lawsuits to silence criticism.
Lester’s clapback against the documentary aligns with elements of Samantha Markle’s existing lawsuit, where both argue against being wrongly associated with an online campaign involving racist messages. However, there is no evidence to suggest Lester posted such messages, and Bouzy’s statements were not specifically about her.
The outcome of Samantha Markle’s lawsuit could serve as a benchmark for Lester’s potential legal action. Bouzy maintains that the statements included in the documentary were corroborated by Twitter and verified by reputable news agencies.
As the legal battles unfold, it remains to be seen how these lawsuits will impact Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix show and their ongoing public image. The outcomes could have implications for the boundaries of media portrayal and the responsibilities of content creators.