This is despite just hours after the 2020 announcement, Harry telling a charity an event in London the pair wanted “a quieter life”.
While Meghan told Oprah in their bombshell 2021 interview she believes “everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic.”
She added: “We’re not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn’t expect”.
But in a screeching U-turn, the couple’s spokesperson Ashley Hansen lashed out at the tabloid press accusing them of making up the “narrative”.
In a seething statement, she told the New York Times: “Their statement announcing their decision to step back mentions nothing of privacy and reiterates their desire to continue their roles and public duties.”
“Any suggestion otherwise speaks to a key point of this series.”
Questions over the pair’s desire for more privacy have soared with the release of their $150 million Netflix docuseries.
Addressing issues of privacy, Ms Hansen hammered: “They are choosing to share their story, on their terms.
“And yet the tabloid media has created an entirely untrue narrative that permeates press coverage and public opinion.
“The facts are right in front of them.”
It comes as it was revealed over 15 hours of home footage was recorded by the Sussexes as they plotted Megxit.
The clips – taken on their phones – have appeared in the first three instalments of the new series, released on Thursday.
They include Meghan fresh out the shower with her hair in a towel processing what life will be like once they leave.
Harry is also heard sharing his anxiety over their new life in Vancouver, Canada – but they ended up in Montecito, California.
And heaps of personal photos were also thrown into the series – including of the pair in bed together and snogging while on safari in Botswana.
A source told MailOnline: “This was all being filmed while both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen – Harry’s grandparents – were suffering from serious ill-health and in the last few months of their lives.”
But show creator Liz Garbus said the clips are “very personal and raw and powerful” and make the viewer realise the “incredible weight” of the pair’s decision.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Harry and Meghan insist leaving royal family was ‘never about privacy’