MAUREEN CALLAHAN: Harry and Meghan are winning the PR battle... but they'll ... trends now

MAUREEN CALLAHAN: Harry and Meghan are winning the PR battle... but they'll ... trends now
MAUREEN CALLAHAN: Harry and Meghan are winning the PR battle... but they'll ... trends now

MAUREEN CALLAHAN: Harry and Meghan are winning the PR battle... but they'll ... trends now

A full-blown royal war has erupted on U.S. soil. And it's spectacular.

As William and Kate make their first stateside visit in eight years, Harry and Meghan's melodramatic Netflix trailer dropped smack in the middle of their whirlwind three-day tour.

Shots fired.

Amid speculation today's release is far from accidental, Harry and Meghan’s faithful lackey Omid Scobie seemed to encourage that notion, tweeting: ‘If tomorrow is Prince William’s Super Bowl then here’s your halftime show . . .’ If it's true that the Sussexes were responsible for the timing, then how utterly vengeful, petty and childish.

Make no mistake: this is spoiling, sullying and pulling focus from William and Kate’s first trip to the U.S. as Prince and Princess of Wales.

As William and Kate make their first stateside visit in eight years, Harry and Meghan dropped their melodramatic Netflix trailer smack in the middle of their whirlwind three-day tour

As William and Kate make their first stateside visit in eight years, Harry and Meghan dropped their melodramatic Netflix trailer smack in the middle of their whirlwind three-day tour 

At one point Meghan is weeping with an Hermès Avalon blanket (starting price $1,625) folded behind her just so

At one point Meghan is weeping with an Hermès Avalon blanket (starting price $1,625) folded behind her just so

For now, Harry and Meghan are winning the battle. But they’re not great long-term strategists. Mark my words: They are going to lose this war.

Most reasonable people would agree: The race-row at Buckingham Palace isn’t on William and Kate, who weren’t even there. The palace acted swiftly and decisively, with spokespeople for King Charles and Prince William issuing statements decrying the incident. 

Yet with deadly timing, this incendiary trailer, with its black-and-white imagery of Meghan weeping against a plaintive, ominous score, screams a simple message: Those vague, unfounded accusations of racism that H&M hurled during their Oprah interview? Look! It’s worse than anyone knew! Witness poor Meghan suffering, weeping and weeping and weeping, at one point an Hermès Avalon blanket (starting price $1,625) folded behind her just so.

Harry, meanwhile, utters his hackneyed cri de coeur: ‘I had to do everything I could to protect my family,’ he says. ‘No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.’

Except that Netflix camera crew.

Then we cut to a still of stern-faced William and Kate. Subtle.

Suddenly, William and Kate’s earnest, unglamorous U.S. trip in service of Prince William’s Earthshot Awards — the most P.C. event imaginable, huge sums of money given to innovators saving the environment — has been overshadowed by the rival court in Montecito.

The message appears to be: No one puts Harry and Meghan in a corner, not even the future King and Queen of England. It’s as if Harry and Meghan have nothing better to do than go through the royal schedule and figure out ways to screw the family over. And they're banging on about the environment... while the Netflix teaser ruins William’s Earthshot initiative.

All anyone’s talking about now is the royal rift, the wound that Harry and Meghan keep re-opening, salting and re-infecting with their enmity.

As for William and Kate,

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