The Most Shocking Things We Learned From The "Harry & Meghan" Documentary
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been a major part of worldwide conversation and pop culture over the last few years. From the public's point of view, their romance seemed like a real-life movie, but for Harry and Meghan themselves, it was much more intense and challenging. A new trailer for the limited documentary series (titled Harry & Meghan) dropped ahead of the second installment and we can't wait to press play on December 15.
Harry & Meghan follows the couple from the early days of their courtship onward, and in addition to interviews with both of them, offers conversations with friends and family, and even include historians who explain the relationship between this royal family and the press. If you're enjoying this limited series as much as we are, then keep reading for the craziest details — both good and bad — from Vol. I before Vol. II premieres.
Everything You Need To Know About "Harry & Meghan"
This doc follows the Duke and Duchess through their relationship, their wedding, and how they eventually stepped back from the crown. In addition to conversations with Harry and Meghan themselves, there are also stories from friends and family to give us a whole new look at what was going on behind the doors of Buckingham Palace.
Throughout Vol. I, Harry and Meghan about the English media, criticizing the role that it's played in how the couple has been viewed and treated by the outside world. The pressure from both inside and outside the palace eventually led to the couple stepping back from their duties. Even though they have been criticized for this decision (and recently responded to that criticism), and the way in which they did it, Harry stands by his choice.
"I accept that there will be people around the world who will fundamentally disagree with what I've done and how I've done it, but I knew that I had to do everything I could to protect my family especially after what happened to my mum," he says in the doc. "You know, I didn't want history to repeat itself."
In November of 2022, we also learned that Meghan had received right-wing death threats that Neil Basu, the outgoing assistant commissioner of Metropolitan Police and former head of counterterrorism, considered to be "disgusting and very real."
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However, that's not where the story starts. In a dating experience that sounds like a romcom plot, Harry and Meghan met after Harry saw her on a mutual friend's Instagram. They managed to go on a date to members-only club Soho House while she was in London in 2016, and fell head over heels for each other.
They were able to keep it a secret for a few months, but once the media found out they were together, neither Harry nor Meghan had much privacy. "All the curtains were pulled, all the blinds were pulled," Meghan says in the series. "It was scary. My face was everywhere. My life was everywhere. Tabloids had taken over everything.”
While the first three episodes of this limited series show how Meghan's treatment was similar to how the media approached Diana, we also see a more important connection: the similarities between Meghan and Diana's personalities. "[Meghan] has the same compassion," Harry says. "She has the same empathy, she has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her."
When Does Vol. II Of "Harry & Meghan" Premiere?
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Netflix has taken a similar approach to the one they took in May with Stranger Things 4 — Vol. I of Harry & Meghan dropped December 8 and Vol. II will premiere December 15.
Where Can I Watch "Harry & Meghan"?
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The limited docuseries will be available to stream on Netflix. Deadline reported in 2020 that the couple signed a multi-year deal with the streaming platform that could be worth up to $150 million.
How Else Can I Keep Up With Harry And Meghan?
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Both Harry & Meghan have been active recently, with Meghan's podcast and an upcoming book from Prince Harry. The podcast, Archetypes with Meghan, looks to re-examine the boundaries and labels that women face on a daily basis. In Harry's new memoir Spare, out January 10, the Duke looks at his life from all directions to reconcile how love and grief both play a role in our lives.
Previous Interviews With Harry And Meghan
You can also check out Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah, which aired in March of 2021, and was the couple's first time talking about their decision to step down from the royal family and the racism that Meghan and their children faced within the institution.
The Best Reactions To "Harry & Meghan"
\u201c@sandrablunt1958 The humanization of Harry and Meghan is the main theme in the 1st 3 episodes. Who are we? With a clear continuous look at the never ending press/media intrusion & also the role of BRF in colonizations and imperialism of other countries - a significant & modern conversation.\u201d— Grandma Blunt (@Grandma Blunt) 1670507740
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