TikToker and communication coach Susie Ashfield said the change in the third episode of the series was edited to listen: “I declare to you that my whole life, long or short, will be dedicated to our great service. The imperial family we all belong to.”
Ashfield, who is a big fan of the royal family, said a friend brought the edited speech to his attention.
“I wasn’t going to say anything about the ‘Harry and Meghan’ Netflix documentary because it has nothing to do with me,” he explained. “I am a communication coach. I help people give speeches.’
“But I love speeches, so when someone told me about a possible edit to the Queen’s 21st birthday speech. I had to check it out,” he continued.
He then played the original and Netflix versions of the speech and asked if users could hear the difference.
“Did you hear the difference? And have you noticed that removing a few words can completely change the meaning of a word? Ashfield asked.
“I don’t know what the lesson is here, but I think if you’re going to speak and it’s recorded, you’re more likely to be misquoted, your words may be taken out of context or in this case. Some part can be removed to change the meaning of the statement.”
Commentators were quick to slam Netflix.
“Christ, it looks like this whole Netflix series is going to be dishonest,” said one user.
“People think mocking politeness is the worst disrespect to the late Queen, but this manipulation of her words really is the worst,” said another.
“I thought so [imagining] this. “I’ve heard him speak many times and I’m pretty sure it’s not the same,” said a third.
The final three episodes of the documentary are scheduled to air on December 15, 2022.