Viewers of last night’s ITV documentary Queen of the World were promised an intimate snapshot of the life of the Queen.
But many felt short-changed, complaining that there was too much focus on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and not enough on the head of state.
Many took to Twitter to voice their disappointment.
Is #ITV Queen of the World about The Queen or Meghan Markle?
— Andy (@sprinterstogo) September 25, 2018
Erm thought this was about The Queen ?? Seems like a Meghan PR piece to me 🙄🙄🙄 #QueenOfTheWorld
— Faye 💗🦄⭐️ (@Faye_Clarke_x) September 25, 2018
— Cari (@sweetcarala) September 26, 2018
nearly 1/2 hour in & #QueenOfTheWorld has far too much Meghan & not enough Queen
— Rose 🐼 (@RosePandaDavis) September 25, 2018
The editing of this program is screwed up. Firstly not much about the Queen so far and secondly you’d think Harry was next in line to the throne and not Prince Charles and Prince William. What is this, the Harry and Meghan show? #QueenOfTheWorld
— Rebecca (@actuallyitsbec) September 25, 2018
Critics also noted that the film’s crew clearly only had limited access to Markle, and as such dragged out the footage they had, notably a scene in which her wedding dress was discussed at extreme length.
The Independent’s reviewer Sean O’Grady noted: “We were treated to about 10 minutes of quite, well, inconsequential conversation about the embroidered version of the national flowers of each of the 53 states of the Commonwealth of Nations.
“I’m afraid the Meghan/Commonwealth flowers chit-chat went on for an awfully long time. Thank goodness I was not personally in the presence of royalty, or else I’d have had to stifle a sizeable yawn, plus a couple of smirks.”
Viewers spotted that too.
What was it on the dress again? It was a bit brief. I think I missed that part. #QueenOfTheWorld
— Lucy (@lucycws) September 25, 2018
Meanwhile, others found the revelation that Meghan broke protocol by closing her own car door equally uninspiring.
"Meghan Markle closed a car door all by herself" ffs it's a slow news week.
It's not like the queen has a new hobby that involves driving to screwfix or wickes every week in an old banger is it?
— Helen Atchison (@Helen_Atchison) September 26, 2018
Now THAT would be a show.
The second part of Queen of the World airs on ITV next Tuesday night.