Senior members of the Royal Family put on a united front tonight as they arrived at a Westminster Abbey carol service to cheering crowds – just hours after Harry and Meghan dropped further ‘truth bombs’ in the explosive finale to their Netflix mini-series, accusing the King of ‘lying’ and Prince William of ‘screaming’ at his brother.
It was business as usual for a beaming Kate, who was the first to arrive for her Together at Christmas concert shortly before 4.20pm. She later re-emerged to walk in her family, placing a supportive hand on Prince George’s back as he entered the service hand-in-hand with his sister Princess Charlotte and father the Prince of Wales – while crowds shouted: ‘Kate and William we love you!’.
King Charles and his wife Camilla swiftly followed, with the monarch seemingly unfazed by the attacks launched at The Firm by the Sussexes earlier this morning – as he smiled and chatted with clergymen before taking his seat inside the chapel.
The King, Queen Consort, Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess of Wales and Countess of Wessex were pictured front and centre at the concert, holding candles while singing from the same hymn sheet – a defiant message in the face of Harry and Meghan’s fresh accusations, which had been streamed to billions of potential viewers across the world at 8am on Thursday.
Singing from the same hymn sheet: (Front row left to right) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales and the Countess of Wessex during the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday evening
Prince William and Kate shepherd their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte into Westminster Abbey this evening
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, arrived not long after Kate, as did Princess Eugenie and Beatrice, who were with their husbands. Eugenie was seen in the sixth episode of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series today, visiting the family at their home in Montecito, California.
Also present was Prince Michael of Kent and his wife Princess Michael. The latter hit the headlines last week when Netflix revisited the moment she wore a Blackamoor brooch to a Christmas lunch that was attended by Meghan in 2017.
Hours earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ramped up their war with the Royal Family and the British media, firing a slew of extraordinary claims back to the UK.
But Kate was radiant as she donned a long maroon coat, which she paired with matching heels and clutch bag.
She greeted clergy at the door of the abbey before going inside where she chatted with guests and enthusiastically high-fived children.
Kate met and thanked those taking part in the service, including Paddington star Hugh Bonneville and singer Melanie C.
She also chatted with Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice before coming back out to welcome her husband and two children, who arrived before 5pm.
It was then that cheers erupted from members of the public alongside shouts of, ‘Kate, we love you’ and ‘Prince William, we love you’.
Senior members of the Royal Family put on a united front tonight as they arrived at a Westminster Abbey carol service hours after Harry and Meghan fired further ‘truth bombs’ in the explosive finale to their Netflix mini-series. (Pictured: King Charles and Camilla arrive this evening)
The Princess of Wales has arrived at Westminster Abbey for a carol service, just hours after extraordinary claims made by Harry and Meghan in the explosive finale to their Netflix mini-series released today
Mike and Zara Tindall are seen walking into Westminster Abbey together this evening, ahead of the carol concert
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, was pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey shortly after the Princess of Wales
Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Princess Kate head to their seats inside Westminster Abbey during the Together At Christmas concert on Thursday night
Princess Kate places a loving hand on Prince George’s back while Prince William and Princess Charlotte hold hands as they put on a united front upon arriving to Westminster Abbey
Prince George of Wales, William, Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales depart from the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
Kate gives a high five to a young boy inside Westminster Abbey during her annual Christmas carol concert
Prince George of Wales and William Prince of Wales depart the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi depart from the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service on Thursday evening
The Countess of Wessex Sophie leaving Princess Kate’s Christmas carol service on Thursday night
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Beatrice with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, leaving Westminster Abbey on Thursday evening
The Waleses leave Thursday night’s carol concert at Westminster Abbey, which will air on Christmas Eve
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla were all smiles as they left the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
Prince & Princess Michael of Kent leave the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
The key claims made in Harry and Meghan’s final three Netflix episodes
Here are the key points and revelations from Harry & Meghan:
– Meghan said it was ‘really important’ for the King to walk her down the aisle at her wedding to Harry.
– Duchess recalled thinking about taking her own life, saying: ‘It was like, ‘All of this will stop if I am not here’.’
– Harry said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see his brother’s communications office ‘copy’ the behaviour of their father’s by ‘trading’ stories with the press.
– Meghan broke down in tears as she described receiving death threats online.
– Harry said it was his decision to step back as a working royal, not his wife’s.
– Harry claimed the timing of a meeting with senior royals at Sandringham about the couple’s future was deliberately arranged so Meghan could not attend. Harry said his brother began to ‘scream and shout’ at him during their meeting about moving abroad.
– Harry said he wrote to his father in January 2020 to say that he and his wife would be willing to relinquish their titles if the couple’s plan to move to Canada as working royals did not work out.
– The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed the institution ‘blocked’ Harry from seeing his grandmother, the Queen, after they decided to step back as senior royals.
– Home video footage appeared to show the couple watching their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey before kissing.
– They claim they saw the interview differently to the world. Tyler Perry claimed they could have said much more.
– Other footage featured Harry holding up his phone to show Meghan a text from William and her reaction is to say ‘wow’ as she looks at its screen.
More than 1,800 people are gathering in the abbey for the concert, staged to recognise the ‘selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK, and celebrate and showcase the joy that human connection and togetherness can bring’.
Kensington Palace said the second carol service Kate has held is dedicated to the late Queen and the values she demonstrated throughout her life, including ‘duty, empathy, faith, service, kindness, compassion and support for others’.
The palace said these principles are ‘shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the abbey in recognition of their tireless work to help and care for those around them’.
A Christmas tree in the abbey is decorated with small Paddington Bear decorations, a nod to the late Queen’s famous sketch, while guests were greeted with atmospheric snowflakes from a snow machine as they arrived at the entrance.
The palace tweeted pictures of the decorations and said: ‘Getting ready to welcome our #TogetherAtChristmas guests, celebrating those who have gone above and beyond in their communities and paying tribute to Her Late Majesty The Queen.’
Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton were at the concert, as well as Kate’s sister Pippa and her husband James Matthews, and Kate’s brother James and his wife Alizee.
Earlier today it was business as usual for the King who met an ambassador from Kazakhstan at Buckingham Palace this morning and went to a community kitchen in Harrow this afternoon amid claims he will never watch the six-part series.
The Sussexes used their latest Netflix shows to wound Prince William and King Charles and claim that dark forces blocked the Queen from seeing them before Megxit. Harry also said his family were upset and jealous of Meghan’s popularity so pursued a vendetta against her because she was ‘doing the job better’ and ‘stealing the limelight’ from ‘those born to do it’.
But today, despite the slew of incendiary claims in three hours of new interviews and footage, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment on anything in the series.
Harry told of the ‘heartbreaking’ rift with his brother who he claimed had scared him in January 2020 while he ‘screamed and shouted’ at him in front of his father and grandmother when he tried to thrash out a deal to leave the UK.
The Duke of Sussex said: ‘They were happy to lie to protect my brother and yet they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us’.
The Duke of Sussex said William and Charles refused to bless the couple’s request for a ‘half in half out’ Megxit that would allow them to earn a fortune while picking and choosing royal duties and keeping all their titles.
He alleged his older brother, now heir to the throne, scared him in January 2020 while he ‘screamed and shouted’ at him in front of his father and grandmother when he tried to thrash out a deal to leave the UK.
Kate chats to a little boy during her Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey in central London on Thursday
Princess Kate’s sister Pippa Matthews with husband James as they lead her parents Carole and Michael Middleton upon arriving at the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey in London
Princess Beatrice greeting Princess Michael and Prince Michael of Kent as they arrive for the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arriving for the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey in London
Princess Kate laughs as she chats with Craig David and other artists at her Christmas carol concert on Thursday evening
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent departs after the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
King Charles III and Dean of Westminster David Hoyle talking after attending for the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall depart after the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent attend the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service with their children at Westminster Abbey
Sophie Countess of Wessex donned a pink pea coat and brown boots as she attended Princess Kate’s Christmas Carol service
Harry also accused Charles of telling untruths to his face and Her Majesty of saying nothing at the now infamous ‘Sandringham Summit’.
He said: ‘It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true. And my grandmother, you know, quietly sit there and take it all in.’
The Duke of Sussex claimed: ‘I went in with the same proposal that we’d already made publicly, but once I got there I was given five options – one being all in, no change, five being all out. I chose option three in the meeting – half in, half out. Have our own jobs but also work in support of the Queen. It became very clear very quickly that goal was not up for discussion or debate’.
Harry then claimed the Palace did not seek his permission to put out a joint statement denying claims William ‘bullied’ the Sussexes out of the Royal Family. Viewers said that Harry was implying that William did. He said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that… [Meghan] burst into floods of tears, because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother… and yet they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.’
He also denied it was Meghan’s decision to walk away and move to LA. ‘In fact, it was my decision. She never asked to leave. I was the one that had to see it for myself. But it’s misogyny at its best,’ he said.
Today’s final three episodes of the docu-series will particularly infuriate and upset William, who was accused of leaving his younger brother ‘terrified’ after allegedly yelling at him in front of the Queen and Charles during final Megxit talks at Sandringham in 2020.
Harry claims Meghan ‘burst into tears’ in Canada when he recounted the row over the phone afterwards before saying that without his permission, his name was added to a joint statement with William ‘squashing’ claims the now Prince of Wales was bullying Harry out of The Firm.
The couple then said they were ‘blocked’ by royal figures from speaking to the Queen alone to discuss emigrating, with Harry claiming he was forced to write to his father to say that he and his wife were willing to relinquish their titles if the couple’s plan to move to Canada as working royals did not work out.
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive at this evening’s carol concert at Westminster Abbey
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are seen arriving at the Together At Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey
Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent attend the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey
Meghan said: ‘I tried so hard and that’s the piece that’s so triggering, because you go, ‘And it still wasn’t good enough… and you still don’t fit in’.’
Harry then suggested that William had chosen the Royal Family’s future over his brother.
Harry said: ‘The saddest part of it was this wedge created between myself and my brother so that he’s now on the institution’s side. Part of that, I get. That’s his inheritance. So to some extent it’s already ingrained in him that part of his responsibility is the survivability and the continuation of this institution.’
One of the Queen’s most loyal aides today said that the monarch would never stand for briefing against other royals while she was alive.
Ailsa Anderson, who served as Communications and Press Secretary to the Queen for more than a decade until 2012, said: ‘In the 13 years that I worked for the royal household, there is not one occasion where I ever briefed against another member of the royal family.
‘It would be completely counterproductive, it would damage the institution. It would be wrong, and the Queen would not sanction it’.
Senior members of the Royal Family are heading to the central London church to support Kate’s Together at Christmas concert as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ramped up their war with them and the British media
The Princess of Wales arriving for the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey in London
Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton are seen arriving with Zara Tindall (left) and their younger daughter Pippa Middleton, who is with her husband James Matthews
Lady Gabriella Kingston attends the ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service at Westminster Abbey this evening
Spice Girl Melanie C was among the list of celebrities to arrive for Kate’s Christmas carol concert on Thursday night
Craig David arrives at Westminster Abbey for the Princess of Wales’ special Christmas carol concert
Harry and Meghan’s final Netflix episodes cover their wedding, leaving the UK and building a new life in the US
Harry and Meghan said that the royals were upset they were ‘better’ at the job, accusing the palace of briefing against them
Meghan Markle hinted that the royals initially baulked at her because she was different from them and then became jealous of her popularity
Meghan said she asked Charles to walk her down the aisle after she told him she had lost her father – a nod to her estrangement from Thomas Markle
Charles and Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort unveil a commemorative plaque during a visit of London’s Community Kitchen facilities
Britain’s King Charles III reacts as he speaks with volunteers and members of staff as he has a cup of tea during a visit of Londons Community Kitchen facilities, in Harrow this afternoon. Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have refused to comment on the Netflix series
Sussexes insist they were ‘blocked’ from seeing the Queen who told them: ‘I’ve been told I’m busy all week’
The Queen on Harry and Meghan’s wedding day
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have claimed the institution ‘blocked’ Harry from seeing his grandmother, the Queen, after they decided to step back as senior royals.
The duke tells in episode five that they were planning to fly back to the UK from Canada for a visit in early 2020 and the Queen told him she had no plans all week so they could go for tea and stay the night.
Meghan said: ‘We’re flying back from Vancouver straight to Heathrow and right as we’re getting on the plane this urgent message comes through to H, saying: ‘You are not allowed to go and see Her Majesty.
‘Make sure that your principal is aware he cannot go and see her. She’s busy. She has plans all week.”
Harry told the camera: ‘I was like ‘Well, that’s certainly the opposite to what she had told me’.’
‘Once we were back in the UK, I rang her and said ‘We’re now told that you’re busy’.
‘And she said ‘Yes. I didn’t know that I was busy. I’ve now been told I’m busy all week. I’ve actually been told I’m busy all week’. I was like ‘Wow’.’
Meghan added: ‘I remember looking at H and thinking ‘My gosh. This is when a family and a family business are in direct conflict because they’re blocking you from seeing the Queen, but what they’re really doing is blocking a grandson from seeing his grandmother.’
Harry said going back for Philip’s funeral was ‘hard’ in 2021.
He added: ‘Especially spending time having chats with my brother and father who were just very much focused on the same misinterpretation of the whole situation.
‘None of us really wanted to talk about it at my grandfather’s funeral, but we did. And I have had to make peace with the fact that I am probably never going to get genuine accountability or a genuine apology.
‘My wife and I were focused on what’s coming next.’
Today the Sussexes’ Netflix docu-series reached a crescendo as they launched more salvoes at the Royal Family over Megxit and claims William, Kate and Charles were jealous of their popularity and hated them ‘stealing the limelight’.
The couple said they were ‘better’ at royal duties than others and that stuck in the craw of Harry’s family, who didn’t want Meghan being treated like a ‘royal rock star’ after they married in 2018.
Harry said palace officials began ‘leaking and planting’ negative stories about them.
The Duke of Sussex also drew more comparisons between his wife and his mother, claiming Princess Diana was forced out for the same reason because she outshone those who were ‘born to do this’, like his father and brother.
Episode 4 said that their first tour of Australia in October 2018, where Meghan’s pregnancy was revealed, went so well that ‘the palace were incredibly threatened by that’.
Harry said: ‘The issue is when someone who’s marrying in should be a supporting act is then stealing the limelight or is doing the job better than the person who was born to do this. That upsets people. It shifts the balance’.
Today it also emerged:
In the fifth episode of the Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex said it was ‘terrifying’ for his brother, now the Prince of Wales, to ‘scream and shout’ at him during a meeting on January 13 at Sandringham about plans for Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, to move abroad.
Meghan said she was not protected by the royals when she suffered mental health problems. The docu-series then cut to her mother Doria Ragland, who said: ‘I remember her telling me that she wanted to take her own life’.
Meghan at her New York baby shower thrown by Serena Williams
The new episodes are full of candid snaps, including when they were expecting their first child
Meghan and Harry said their tours were so successful that it became a problem for their royal counterparts
Meghan was compared to a ‘rock star’ after she joined the family
Meghan said that the Royal Family refused to help her when she said she felt suicidal because it looked bad for them.
The final three parts of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s docuseries have gone live and take in their 2018 Windsor Castle wedding, the decision to quit royal duties and emigrate and their new life in their £11million Montecito mega-mansion.
Meghan then said the situation turned against them, blaming the media and his family. She said that on a walkabout in Liverpool one woman said: ‘What you are doing to your father is not right’ – a nod to her estranged relationship with Thomas Markle.
The Duke of Sussex spoke about the moment when things changed – and said the situation spiralled from there.
He said: ‘The first time that the penny dropped for her, M [Meghan] and I spent the night in a room at Buckingham Palace after an event where every member of the family, senior members of the family had been, including the Queen.
‘And on the front page of the Telegraph – Meghan. She was like, ‘But it’s not my fault’ – and my mum felt the same way.’
They also claim there is a conspiracy against them between Buckingham Palace and the British press to ‘scapegoat’ them to ensure negative press about other royals would ‘go away’.
Meghan suggested that the royals had been revolted by her because she wasn’t like them, hinting that it was to do with her being mixed race.
In a bizarre and convoluted analogy, Meghan said one of the Queen’s aides compared her to a foreign organism. She said: ‘It is like a fish that is swimming perfectly. It is powerful, it is on the right current. Then one day this little organism comes in’.
But Meghan suggested the royal household immediately thought: ‘What is that? What is it doing here? It doesn’t look like us. It doesn’t move like us. We don’t like it. Get it off us’.
Royal officials will be watching the denouement of the series with interest, but King Charles III and Prince William are not expected to comment personally unless the claims are so incendiary they require a rebuttal.
Episode 4 begins with preparations for the royal wedding in May 2018.
She said: ‘Harry’s dad is very charming and I said to him like, ‘I’ve lost my dad in this’, so him as my father-in-law was really important to me, so I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes.’
Meghan later added: ‘H and I are really, really good at finding each other in the chaos. When we find each other, reconnect, it’s like, ‘It’s you, it’s you’.
‘It’s not that the rest of it doesn’t matter, but the rest of it feels temporary.’
Speaking about the Kingdom Choir gospel group which performed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, friend and tennis star Serena Williams said: ‘To have her culture represented at that wedding. Amazing, I loved it. I thought it was really courageous breaking boundaries but not trying to.’
The Duchess of Sussex then spoke of her first engagement with the Queen.
Meghan said: ‘I treated her as my husband’s grandma, and knowing that of course there has to be a completely different sense of propriety in public, when you’re sitting and having breakfast to just be able to talk.
The final episode of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series opens with a gleeful video selfie in which the Duke of Sussex says: ‘We are on the freedom flight’. Episode six of the bombshell series begins with the couple on their flight from Canada to Los Angeles in March 2020, after they split from the royal family
Another clip also shows Meghan with their son Archie on the private plane
Meghan and Harry laughed about cutting their wedding cake with a sword
Meghan said she couldn’t believe that Sir Elton John was performing at their wedding, and said her mother Doria rushed to be close to the stage
The couple kiss in front of well-wishers at their wedding reception in 2018
Harry toasts his wife after they walked down the aisle
‘When we got into the car in between engagements she had a blanket and she put it over my knees and we were sitting in this car with this blanket and I thought ‘I recognise and respect and see that you’re the Queen, but in this moment I’m so grateful that there is a grandmother figure because that feels like family’.
‘And because I was so so close with my grandmother,’ Meghan said, adding she had taken care of her grandmother ‘in her final years’.
The Duchess of Sussex added of her engagement with the Queen that it was ‘such a good day, we laughed’.
The Duchess of Sussex said she was being ‘fed to the wolves’ during the opening of episode 5 of the Harry & Meghan Netflix documentary.
Speaking about wanting her son Archie to have a big family in the way she had not, Meghan says: ‘I was just so excited that we were going to be able to create for him that thing that I had always wanted.
‘So I just did everything I could to make them proud and to really be a part of the family.’
‘And then the bubble burst,’ she says while the voices of news presenters can be heard saying: ‘Duchess difficult’ and ‘American’.
The Duke of Sussex then says: ‘It was already clear to the media that the Palace was not going to protect her. Once that happens then the flood gates open.’
Meghan then says: ‘I realised that I wasn’t just being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves.’
Meghan’s privacy lawyer Jenny Afia has alleged she had seen evidence of briefing from the Palace against the couple to suit other people’s agenda.
The duchess herself says: ‘You would just see it play out, like a story about someone in the family would pop up for a minute and they’d go ‘We’ve got to make that go away’.’
Her friend Lucy Fraser, Meghan’s PR guru, added: ‘Meg became this scapegoat for the Palace. And so they would feed stories on her whether they were true or not to avoid other less favourable stories being printed.’
Ms Afia said: ‘There was a real kind of war against Meghan and I’ve certainly seen evidence that there was negative briefing from the Palace against Harry and Meghan to suit other people’s agendas.’
Harry says royals were ‘upset’ when his wife ‘stole the limelight’ and Meghan refers to herself as a ‘little organism’ royals couldn’t ‘adjust to’
Prince Harry today suggested he and Meghan were ‘better’ at royal engagements than other senior royals and people were ‘upset’ at how his wife ‘stole the limelight’ – as Meghan claimed she was described as a ‘foreign organism’.
Episode four of Harry & Meghan, which aired this morning, sees the Sussexes’ friend Lucy Fraser say that their tour of Australia in October 2018, where Meghan’s pregnancy was revealed, went so well that ‘the palace were incredibly threatened’.
Harry then says: ‘The issue is when someone who’s marrying in should be a supporting act is then stealing the limelight or is doing the job better than the person who was born to do this.
‘That upsets people. It shifts the balance. Because you’ve been led to believe that the only way your charities can succeed and the only way that your reputation can be grown or improved is if you’re on the front page of those newspapers.’
Harry shared text from William with Meghan after Oprah interview
The final episode of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series reveals the moment Prince Harry shared a text from his brother Prince William with his wife amid the fallout from their ‘truth bomb’ interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In footage filmed in the days after the bombshell discussion with Winfrey in March last year, Harry is seen showing his wife his phone, before Meghan says: ‘Wow, H just got a text from his brother.’
Earlier in the episode, Harry accuses the Palace of ‘institutional gaslighting’.
The episode had opens with a gleeful video selfie in which the Duke of Sussex says ‘We are on the freedom flight’ as they flew from Canada to Los Angeles in March 2020, after they split from the royal family.
The final episode of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series reveals the moment Prince Harry shared a text from his brother Prince William with his wife amid the fallout from their ‘truth bomb’ interview with Oprah Winfrey
In footage filmed in the days after the bombshell discussion with Winfrey in March last year, Harry is seen showing his wife his phone, before Meghan says: ‘Wow, H just got a text from his brother’
Harry claims he told Charles couple ‘would be willing to give up their Sussex titles’ if Megxit ‘didn’t work out’
Prince Harry has claimed he and Meghan told King Charles they would give up their Royal titles if Megxit failed.
The fifth episode of the incendiary Netflix series – part of a £100million deal – featured their account of trying to leave the UK to live abroad.
They claimed they had tried to move to New Zealand in 2018 and then South Africa.
Harry said that by the time he spoke to Charles from Canada in Christmas 2019, the family knew they wanted to leave.
He adds: ‘My father said ‘Can you put it in writing?’ I said I would rather not because what had happened last time. He said he couldn’t do anything unless it was put in writing. I put it in emails.’
Over footage of Meghan sighing, Harry said he sent messages on January 1,2 and 3.
The Duke adds: ‘In one of those I said that if it didn’t work out we would be willing to relinquish our Sussex titles if need be. That was the plan.’
Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan tried to move to New Zealand in 2018 in the show
Home footage of the pair showed Harry jumping into the waters in Vancouver over Christmas
Prince Harry speaks of Prince Philip’s death
Prince Harry said beloved grandfather Prince Philip died ‘peacefully and happily’.
In a touching moment of grief, the Duke of Sussex spoke lovingly of his late ‘grandpa’. The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, 2021, during the coronavirus pandemic, aged 99. His death rocked the Royal Family.
Speaking of Prince Philip’s death during the fifth episode of the six-part Harry & Meghan docuseries, the Prince Harry said: ‘I was actually really happy for my grandfather. He went quietly. He went peacefully. He went happily.’
Prince Philip died in April 2021. He is pictured in London in March 2017
Prince Harry walks with his brother, Prince William during the funeral of their grandfather in April 2021
‘We didn’t see it until the world saw it’: Moment Prince Harry and Meghan watch their infamous Oprah interview for the first time
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s new docu-series episodes were released today and the pair can be seen cuddling on the couch with their dog Pula.
A heavily pregnant Meghan is seen stroking Harry’s face affectionately throughout and the pair shared a sweet kiss at the end of the interview.
Harry shielded his wife’s eyes during parts of the interview when headlines about Meghan would appear on screen.
Behind the scenes footage shows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watching their Oprah interview at home in new Netflix episodes
Meghan revealed they saw the interview at the same time as the rest of the world but she was shocked that the ‘take away’ was the race scandal as opposed to her mental health revelations
Meghan revealed they saw the interview at the same time as the rest of the world but she was shocked that the ‘take away’ was the race scandal as opposed to her mental health revelations.
She said: ‘We didn’t see it until the world saw it. It was interesting.
‘I thought me being very open about the depression I experienced and just how extreme that became, I thought that would be the biggest take away but it was entirely eclipsed by the conversation surrounding race.’
‘Beyonce just texted. I still can’t believe she knows who I am’: Moment singer congratulates Meghan Markle on Oprah interview
Queen Bey wrote that she believes Meghan was ‘selected to break generational curses’.
Meghan said: ‘Beyonce just texted. I still cant believe she knows who I am.’
Meghan Markle received a text from Beyonce saying she ‘admires and respects her bravery’ after the Oprah interview which was shown in their Netflix docu-series
Harry quipped: ‘Just checking in just casual. Go call her.’
Meghan replied: ‘No it’s ok, she said that she wants me to feel safe and protected, she admires and respects my bravery and she thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed.’
Harry replied: ‘That’s well said.’
‘It was the first time someone saw the sacrifice’: Meghan Markle claims plane crew thanked her for service to the UK on flight back to Canada
Meghan Markle has revealed that a member of the plane crew on board her flight back to Canada from the UK thanked her for her royal service.
In March 2020, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, completed her final engagement as a senior working royal when she attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
In the fifth episode of the couple’s new Netflix series, the Duchess claims a member of the airport cabin crew took the opportunity to thank her for her work as a royal.
Meghan Markle appeared visibly emotional as she recalled her last engagement as a royal
Duchess seen waving from her car following the Commonwealth Day service in March 2020
After settling into her seat, Meghan claims the head of the plane crew knelt down next to her and gave her some encouraging words.
She explained: ‘He took his hat off and I just remember looking at him.
‘And he goes, ‘we appreciate everything you did for our country.”
Meghan Markle ‘breaks down in tears’ when in her Canadian home
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, is photographed seemingly overwhelmed, surrounded by clothes and a suitcase, while thought to be in the house her family called home during her stay in Vancouver Island, Canada, in 2020.
‘So this was like a week before COVID, and we’d be stuck at this house, where everyone in the world knew where we were. Unprotected, no security,’ Harry is heard saying before the image of his wife is shown.
The final episode, released today, then shows actor, comedian and producer, Tyler Perry, who helped the couple as they left their lives in the UK.
Meghan Markle appeared to break down in tears when in her Canadian home with Prince Harry in an intimate picture shared in the couple’s explosive Netflix documentary
Among Harry and Meghan’s friends appearing in the documentary is comedian and producer, Tyler Perry, who helped the couple as they left their lives in the UK, and royal duties, behind
He says: ‘They just wanted to be free. They wanted to be free to love and be happy. They didn’t… They did not have a plan. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, there’s this…’ There was no plan.’
Doria Ragland cries over Meghan’s suicidal thoughts
The mother of Meghan Markle broke down in tears as she said she felt she ‘couldn’t protect her’ when the Duchess of Sussex experienced suicidal thoughts.
Doria Ragland, who lives close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in California, wiped up tears as she said it had been hard for her to tear that her daughter was suffering from low mental health while she lived in the UK.
She made the heartfelt revelations in the fourth episode of the couple’s explosive Netflix docuseries, which was released today.
Doria Ragland, who lives close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in California, wiped up tears as she said it had been hard for her to tear that her daughter was suffering from low mental health while she lived in the UK
Doria said: ‘That she would actually think of not wanting to be here, that… that;’s not an easy one for a mum to hear.. You know,’ Doria said, fighting tears.
‘And I can’t protect her. H can’t protect her, she’s.. sniffing,’ she added.
Speaking in a later episode, Doria also revealed she knew ‘the stress they were under. It felt like they were running.’
Meghan Markle tells Netflix docuseries how she became ‘close’ with women who survived Grenfell fire after watching news coverage of disaster from Kensington Palace cottage
She regularly visited a group of women in a community hub for nine months, helping to feed families and even worked alongside them to launch a cookbook called ‘Together’.
In episode four of Harry & Meghan, the Duchess says: ‘I just loved these women so much.’
The day of Meghan’s first public engagement with the Queen in Chester, also ‘happened to also be the one year anniversary of the Grenfell fire,’ she recalls in the documentary. They took part of a 72 seconds of silence – one for every life lost.
Meghan helping the community of Grenfell survivors as they cooked to feed families
She rolled her sleeves up and got stuck in after going to the community kitchen
‘It was really important to me because I had become so close to with so many of the women who had survived that, even though no one knew that at the time,’ Meghan told.
munity twice a week – ‘up until the Duchess came’ she says.
Meghan Markle breaks down in tears as she has guided meditation session with Prince Harry
The clip, which appears to have been filmed shortly after the Duke and Duchess quit the Royal Family in January 2020, opens with the couple sitting in a unknown friend’s New York apartment.
The voice of Prince Harry and Meghan’s guided meditation instructor is heard telling the couple to inhale and exhale as they sat on a sofa with their palms facing up at the ceiling.
She tells the couple: ‘Remember that what is transpiring in the media, what’s being created is an illusion.
Duchess of Sussex had tears streaming down her face during the guided meditation session
Meghan places a hand on Harry’s thigh while her husband has his palms facing the ceiling
Meghan is visibly emotional as the instructor reminds them that they ‘both know who they are’
‘When you try to prove that you’re good and that you’re not the person they say you are, you’re taking the bait, you’re feeding the beast. It is an illusion.
‘Your work is not to prove your goodness. You know who you are, both of you.’
Meghan reveals how she ‘ate croissants and drank mimosas’ while listening to Chapel of Love on her wedding day
The first three episodes – part of the Sussexes’ multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix – were streamed last week, with the final three hour-long episodes available from today.
In the fourth show, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, spoke about how she went ‘into a state of calm’ on the morning of her wedding.
She said: ‘All I wanted was a mimosa and a croissant and play the song ‘going to the chapel’ and that’s what I did. It was so great.’ ‘I went into this really calm space, I don’t know how I was so calm. I look back and I think, how was I so calm.’
Meghan Markle, 41, has revealed how she ‘ate croissants and drank mimosas’ on the morning of her wedding to Prince Harry in her new Netflix documentary
Prince Harry and Meghan can be seen cutting their lavish wedding cake in another photograph from the event in 2018
In the latest instalment of the documentary the Duchess sings the 60s soul hit Land of a Thousand Dances, first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962 which later became a bigger hit by Wilson Pickett and Cannibal & the Headhunters
Archie’s baby diaries! Unseen pictures in Harry and Meghan’s Netlfix show reveal their son’s early days – and he took his first steps at Tyler Perry’s house
Sweet unseen home videos of Meghan reading the Gruffalo to Archie and doting on him and Lilibet have emerged in the new instalment of the Sussexes’ documentary.
New pictures document the little boy growing up from a tiny baby in his parent’s arms to the cheeky three-year old he is today.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child, born in May 2019, took his first steps at their friend Tyler Perry’s home in California shortly after they moved to the US.
In a beautiful never-before-seen still, Archie is pictured as a baby being bathed by his adoring parents
In another emotional shot, Meghan cradles him as a tiny baby as she sits on a window sill, pressing her forehead against her son’s
Garden party: Meghan and Harry celebrating their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in June
The young family can be seen in a short clip celebrating Lillibet’s birthday, with cheeky Archie clambering onto the table to help his little sister blow out the candles on a huge cake
In the final episode of the series, Harry reveals that California feels like ‘home’ for his kids, pointing out that Archie only spent the first five months of his life in the UK
A sweet video in the fifth episode of the docuseries shows Meghan playing with Archie during their holiday in Vancouver in 2019
Archie looks gleeful as Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, pushes her grandson around in a plastic toy car
Episode five opens with Archie running around a maze as his father runs behind him, before the tot takes a little tumble and is scooped up by his mother
Doting father: Prince Harry can be seen feeding baby Archie in one of the many unseen moments revealed in the final episodes of the docuseries today
Lorren Khumalo, who is Meghan and Harry’s former nanny, asked the couple is she could wrap Archie in a mud cloth like they do in Zimbabwe, the Duchess enthusiastically agreed
In episode six, Princess Eugenie visits her cousin Harry in the US, joining him and Archie on a beach for some bonding time
Archie is filmed chasing seagulls around the beach during a trip there with his father’s cousin, Princess Eugenie
More clips show the young royal showing off his musical talent, smiling as he plays a tiny piano
Smiles from Archie! Adorable footage shows the youngster playing at home with his parents
Adorable footage shows Archie’s birthday party – which viewers first caught a glimpse of in the first three instalments of the documentary series
Happy tot: Archie laughs as his adoring mum lifts him up in the air. The behind the scenes insights into the family’s life have delighted royal fans
In the final episode, a little Archie could be seen playing around with his father Prince Harry
Elsewhere, the little one could also be seen placing oranges in a basket while playing outside
Grandmother Doria plays a game outside with her son-in-law Harry and her grandson Archie
The Duchess herself also suggested she was made a scapegoat, adding: ‘You would see it play out. A story about someone in the family would pop up for a minute, and they’d go: ‘We’ve got to make that go away’.’
Meghan’s pregnancy diary: Duchess shares stylish unseen black and white snaps from when she was expecting Archie
Meghan Markle shared a glimpse of the last months her first pregnancy with her son Archie in early 2019.
Two previously unseen black and white pictures show the Duchess of Sussex heavily pregnant in the couple’s Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
In one snap, Meghan looks out her window, a hand propped her on impressive baby bump. In the other, she is walking in the garden of her and Prince Harry‘s Sussex estate.
The first three episodes of Harry & Meghan – part of the Sussexes’ multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix – were streamed last week, with the final three hour-long episodes streaming from today.
Meghan Markle shared a glimpse of the last months her first pregnancy with her son Archie in early 2019
A second picture shows her walking in her garden, dressed in a dotted dress and a coat, her hair tied up in a loose ponytail
The snaps were seemingly taken during her first pregnancy’s last semester and show Meghan enjoying the moment, away from the spotlight.
The first snap shows Meghan in one of the cottage rooms, looking at the window in a body-hugging pregnant dress.
In the other, she is walking in her garden, dressed in a dotted dress and a coat, her hair tied up in a loose ponytail.
Her dog Guy can be seen roaming next to her with one of the couple’s other pups, and the expectant mother is holding a leash in her hand.
Life at Nottingham Cottage: Meghan dances in the doorway at Kensington Palace love nest
Meghan and Harry cut homely figures as they lift the lid on domestic life at their UK home, in the latest instalment of their Netflix show.
Footage of Meghan playfully dancing in the doorway of the couple’s farmhouse style love nest was shown in episode four of the docuseries.
Prince Harry watches his wife from afar and gushes: ‘Oh My god. It’s my favourite video, Thursday afternoon, someone’s happy.’
Footage of Meghan Markle playfully dancing in the doorway of the couple’s love nest was shown in episode four of the docuseries
Harry eats chicken outside the cottage as Meghan’s dog Guy begs for at treat
Meghan takes a selfie while Harrygets on with some outdoor varnishing in the background
The pair go on to talk about their time in Nottingham Cottage, which is part of Kensington Palace.
Despite being at the heart of a royal estate the cottage has a countryside feel to it, with cobbled walkways and shrubs sprouting in the borders. A lemon tree can be seen near one of the doorways as Meghan – wearing a Barbour gilet, casual leggings and walking boots – throws some shapes for her husband.
Describing their home, Meghan said: ‘People thought we lived in a palace and we did, well a cottage in a palace.’
Harry said: ‘It had really low ceilings I don’t know who was there before, must have been short.’
Meghan laughed, revealing Harry would ‘hit his head constantly because he is so tall’.
Harry and dog guy share a cuddle on the sofa, staying true to his roots, a union jack placemat can be seen on the table with a candle on top
Date night! Meghan shows off a burgundy midi dress with a lace peephole detail at the top and a pleated skirt, she opts for lace-up black shoes and a small black clutch to finish the look
The couple’s other dog Pula, a black Labrador, watches the rainfall at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace
The Duchess of Sussex shows off her gardening skills as she brandishes a hoe, wearing a casual button down shirt and a straw hat
Harry clowns around in his dress uniform at Nottingham Cottage, his suits and shoes can be seen in the background of the dressing room
Inside Meghan’s baby shower! Duchess poses with BFFs including Serena Williams in lavish New York hotel
Meghan Markle has opened up how her friends ‘surprised’ her with a ‘beautiful’ baby shower in New York when she was expecting her son Archie in her new Netflix docu-series.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, celebrated the impending birth of her firstborn son with Prince Harry, by flying to the Big Apple by private jet in 2019, provoking outcry with the five-day baby shower celebration. Around 20 friends attended, including Serena Williams.
In the fourth episode of the docu-series, which was released today, the royal mother shared a number of pictures from the event, which took place in one of the most expensive suits at The Mark Hotel in Manhatten.
In the snaps, she can be seen beaming with friends in a suite, while in another they could be seen arranging flowers.
Meghan said: ‘My friends surprised me with a really beautiful baby shower in New York.
‘They were like, ‘We’re going to shower her with love, and shower her baby, and she’s going to survive this and we’re going to get through it with her.’
Meghan Markle has opened up how her friends ‘surprised’ her with a ‘beautiful’ baby shower in New York when she was expecting her son Archie in her new Netflix docu-series (pictured, Meghan posing for a photograph with friends including Abigail Spencer, Daniel Martin, Misha Nonoo, Serena Williams and Lindsay Roth)
In the snaps, she can be seen beaming with friends in a suite, while in another they could be seen arranging flowers
Meanwhile in another photograph, the group can be seen taking part in a flower arranging class at the hotel
Another snap from the event shows the group of friends all reaching out to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump