Key moments from Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary
Neither Palace officials nor members of the royal family were approached for comment on the content of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Netflix docuseries, it has been alleged.
It was suggested that representatives for Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, as well as the royals themselves, were not offered the opportunity to reply to the accusations lodged by the couple during the first three episodes of their highly anticipated series.
This accusation is now being challenged by reports that both palaces were contacted.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tell-all documentary began streaming on Thursday, with Harry accusing the royals of having a “huge level of unconscious bias” and Meghan saying the media wanted to “destroy” her.
In the first installment of the six-part show, Meghan also claimed “salacious stories” were “planted” in the lead-up to their wedding, with the couple “playing whack-a-mole” as the articles appeared.
A senior source in the royal household countered the written statement of “Members of the royal family declined to comment on the content within this series,” which appeared on a black screen at the start of episode one.
The second part of Harry and Meghan’s docuseries will begin streaming on December 15.
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In another scene, the couple fondly looks back on their first dates, and the week they spent together in Botswana in 2016.
The pair embarked on the trip after having only met twice before, with Prince Harry revealing that he was “astonished” Meghan said yes.
“This woman, that I’ve really met twice, she’s coming to Botswana and we’re gonna be living in a tent for five days,” he recalled, before noting how important that time together was. “We had to get to know each other before the rest of the world, before the media sort of, you know, joined it,” he added.
In 2019, the couple shared a never-before-seen photo of a trip they took to Botswana together, in which they could be seen working together to place a satellite collar on a bull elephant.
Chelsea Ritschel8 December 2022 21:20
The docuseries also contains many sweet moments, including footage of Meghan showing the couple’s son Archie a photo of his grandmother, Princess Diana.
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As for the reaction to Meghan and Harry’s Netflix docuseries so far, fans were divided, with some grateful to see the insight into the early days of the couple’s relationship, while others found the first three episodes “boring”.
From Meghan’s shock upon realizing the “formality” of the royal family, even behind closed doors, to the couple’s first date, these are some of the biggest talking points.
Chelsea Ritschel8 December 2022 20:20
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex covered a lot of ground in the first three episodes of their Netflix docuseries, however, more is yet to come, as the last three episodes are set to be released on December 15.
As for what we can expect from the couple in volume two, Kate Ng reports below.
Chelsea Ritschel8 December 2022 20:00
During the candid docuseries, Meghan also opened up about the conversations about her family that took place in the lead-up to her and Prince Harry’s royal wedding in 2018.
According to the duchess, she was told by Palace aides not to invite her niece, whom she described as being like a “little sister,” to the wedding because of her tense relationship with her niece’s mother, Samantha Markle.
Details about the Palace’s guidance, and her niece’s reaction, can be found below.
Chelsea Ritschel8 December 2022 19:40
What were Harry and Meghan paid for their Netflix documentary
This is the first project to emerge from the multi-year deal the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed with Netflix in 2020, made shortly after they stepped down as working members of the royal family.
So how much are Meghan and Harry getting paid? Peony Hirwani reports.
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‘She has this warmth about her’: Harry compares Meghan to Princess Diana
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Harry recalls ‘panicking’ after turning up 30 minutes late to his first date with Meghan
In their Netflix docuseries the couple recalled their first date in 2016 after being set up by a mutual friend.
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