The second half of Netflix’s documentary miniseries about Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aired on servers around the world on Thursday morning. In it, the couple paint a stark picture of the animosity that has grown between them and Harry’s closest family members amid what they say is racist and defamatory reporting in the British media. All of this, they said, drove them away.
Harry said he and Meghan blamed the tension – which erupted during a meeting with his father, now King Charles III – on the royal family’s rigidity and a protective-at-all-costs mentality, as well as the ruthlessness of the British tabloids. His younger brother, Prince William, yelled at him while his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, sat and watched.
The royal family has so far declined to respond to the allegations in the series, but has denied Harry and Meghan’s allegations of racism and said the issues raised by the couple, “racial issues in particular, are worrying.” Buckingham Palace says it will deal with them privately this matter.
Here are highlights from the last few installments of the show, featuringonce you could About the highlights of the first three episodes that aired last week.
“Stealing the limelight”
The couple said Harry’s family became unhappy during their trip to Australia when Meghan began to exude star power. They said there was a perception – echoing that felt by Harry’s mother Diana during her marriage to then-Prince Charles – that the royal outsider was paying too much attention to the older members of the family.
“The problem is that when someone gets married, someone who is supposed to be a ‘supporting character’ steals the show, or does it better than someone who was born to do it, and then makes people unhappy – it changes the balance, ’ said Harry in the fourth episode of the series.
The couple said that was when the British tabloids began to criticize Meghan, especially by portraying her in a negative light against her sister-in-law Kate.
The couple have been saying for yearsAnd it had a profound effect on Meghan’s mental health. In the documentary, they say she was particularly devastated when she realized that much of the British public had accepted what was being published in the British tabloids.
Meghan: ‘I need help but I’m not allowed’
Both Harry and Meghan have described the royal family as extremely reluctant to show any signs of vulnerability in public – so much so that Meghan claims she was told not to seek mental health support when she needed it most.the coupleMeghan has struggled with mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.
Harry recalled a scene on the Netflix series many years ago when he said his mother, Diana, was crying in the car and her husband, Charles, told her she had “30 seconds” to put on her makeup, put on a smile, Then appear in front of the media.
They said Meghan found herself under the same pressure, from the media and family, that it led her to suicidal thoughts.
“I figured if I wasn’t around, this would all stop,” she says in the fourth episode.
“I remember her telling me — she thought about taking her own life,” her mother, Doria Ragland, said tearfully in the episode. “It breaks my heart…it’s not easy for mum to hear that.”
“I needed help and it wasn’t allowed,” Meghan said. “They worry about how it will look at the agency.”
Prince Harry said he knew his wife was “struggling” but he “never thought it would get to that stage. I’m angry and ashamed. I didn’t handle it well… it was mine that took over my feelings royal role.”
“You make people want to kill me”
Meghan and Harry have maintained for years that the British media deliberately attacked the biracial American duchess by casting her as an intruder and a slanderer.
“I saw cartoons where I was on all fours and Meghan was holding a dog collar,” recalls Harry in the series.
Meghan accused such reports of stoking the hatred against her that leaked from the media onto social media, and singled out a tweet saying she “just needs to die, someone should die”.
“You made people want to kill me,” Meghan said in episode five of the media attack. “It’s not just a tabloid, it’s not just some stories, you scare me… that night, checking security up and down in the middle of the night, it’s true – are my kids safe? And you” why should create it? Because you’re bored, or because it will sell your paper? What you do is real and I don’t think people understand that. “
Former chief of counter terrorism policing in the UKThe threats facing Meghan are indeed “disgusting and very real”, mainly from the far right.
Miscarriage and “falling apart”
Harry, Meghan and their mates said in the fifth episode of the Netflix series that their discussions with other royals came after the couple decided to attack Britain’s powerful tabloid media with what they believed to be a negative and unfair article. Relationships “everything has changed”.
It was sparked by a section reproduced by the Daily Mail tabloid— she said in a series that “senior members of the family” suggested she write.
“It’s horrific,” Meghan said, referring to the leak of the letter to the media and the selective publication of parts of it by the Daily Mail. If the newspaper had published the entire letter, “it would have painted a completely different picture,” she said, as she said they had removed “everything depicting media manipulation” of her father.
The couple said they met with senior royals and lawyers and urged swift legal action against the paper’s publisher.
“We have to draw a line,” Meghan said. But she said the royal family did nothing.
Recalling a conversation with Prince Charles, Harry said in the documentary series: “My dad said to me: ‘Dear boy, you can’t take the media, the media will always be the media.'”
On this point, Harry said, he and his father “don’t agree at all”.
“After months of saying she needed to do something about it, we took our own legal advice,” the prince said.After her and Harry’s 2019, Meghan saysIndependent against the Daily Mail, “everything has changed … that lawsuit may have been the catalyst for all dissolutions.”
Harry even blamed the Daily Mail article and the stress it caused his wifeJuly 2020.
“Given the stress that caused, the lack of sleep and the timing of the pregnancy,” Harry said, “I can say that from what I’ve seen, the miscarriage was caused by what they were trying to do to her.”
The couple eventually won their legal battle against the publisher of the UK’s Daily MailThe paper violated Meghan’s privacy.
‘Scary’ meeting without Meghan
As the negative press continued, the couple said they felt increasingly isolated from the rest of the Harry family, so they began looking west, considering moving out of the UK and relinquishing their royal titles.
Meghan said in the fifth episode that they “decided that we’re going to take a step back – not a step back, but a step back.” But before they could agree the details of the new arrangements with the family, Harry said “the key message – we Willing to give up our titles — that’s been leaked.”
When Meghan returned to Canada, where they were living at the time, to be with their son Archie, Harry was called to a meeting at his grandmother’s country estate in Sandringham.
Speaking of that meeting in the documentary, Meghan said: “Imagine a round table where you as a mother and wife – in many ways the target – can’t sit at the table.” Harry added: “It’s very Obviously, they had a plan, so you weren’t in the room.”
Harry said he went in with the hope of a “half in, half out” royal status for his nuclear family, “but it was clear that the goal was not for discussion or debate.” He said the meeting was organized by his father and brother Initiated, they were all the future king, and they yelled at him while the queen listened in silence.
“My brother was screaming and yelling at me, and what my dad said wasn’t true at all, and my grandmother was just sitting there quietly and taking it all, it was just horrible,” he said.
Haley said the meeting ended “without a concrete plan of action. From their perspective, they had to believe it was more about us and the problems we had than their partners — the media — — and the relationships that give us such pain. They see what they want to see.
“The saddest part,” Harry added, “is the rift that developed between me and my brother that he’s now on the side of the establishment. I understand part of it – I know it’s in his heritage, And it’s been ingrained in him that part of his responsibility is the survival of this institution.”
Harry hinted that what happened next was the final straw. Within hours of the tense meeting, the tabloids ran the story of “We left in part because Meghan bullied us.” He said the royal family issued a “joint statement” on the couple’s plans, but “no one asked me to release it”.
Harry said it showed his family was willing to lie to the media to protect the royal establishment – at the expense of the truth, himself and his wife.
“For four hours, they happened to lie to protect my brother, but three years later they would never protect us,” the prince said. That’s when he said he knew they had to leave the UK, although he insisted in the documentary that Meghan “never asked to leave”.