Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wage fresh war on Royals in episode 4 of Netflix series


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.’ 

Footage then appears from Diana’s notorious interview with Martin Bashir, with the princess recalling how her then husband Charles felt hurt when she received more press attention than him during their own tour of Australia in 1983. Prince William has repeatedly pleaded for the interview to never be shown on TV again. 

In other key moments from episode four – 

  • Meghan claims she was described as a ‘foreign organism’ by the Queen’s former aide;  
  • Yet more footage is played of Diana’s notorious Martin Bashir interview despite William’s repeated pleas for it never to appear on screen again; 
  • Meghan recalls having a mimosa and a croissant on the morning of her wedding; 
  • Describes King Charles as ‘very charming’ and the moment he walked her down the aisle’;
  • Says, ‘I’d lost my dad in this, so having him as my father-in-law was very important to me; 
  • Friend Silver Tree tells how she and Meghan ‘always’ signed off texts with the phrase ‘love wins’; 
  • Harry recalls Oprah Winfrey coming round for tea at their home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace – which couple call ‘really small’;
  • Meghan remembers how the Queen would put a blanket over her knees as they sat in a car together; 
  • Describes her and Harry’s horror as they watched news about the Grenfell fire at home; 
  • Recalls writing in a journal while she was pregnant ‘dear baby, so excited to meet you one day’; 

The opening scenes of episode four feature black and white footage from the late Queen’s wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh.

It then switches to Meghan telling how her private secretary, who worked for the Queen for 20 years, had told her: ‘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.

‘This foreign organism. And the entire thing goes… 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 of us.

‘And she just explained that, you know, they’ll soon see, that it’s stronger, faster, even better with this organism as part of it.

‘It will be hard at the beginning for them to adjust to this new thing but then it’ll be amazing.’

Meghan adds: ‘And I was really hopeful that that was true.’

The episode also sees Meghan describe the day of her wedding and how she prepared by eating a ‘mimosa and a croissant’ and playing the song ‘Going to the Chapel’.

As footage of joyous crowds of Union flag waving fans appear on screen, Meghan’s friend Meghan Dorak recalled the ‘big and spectacular’ nature of the day. 

Meghan says: ‘I knew that on the drive to the castle they’d be tons of people. What I didn’t know was that people would be lining both sides of the street.’ 

Harry adds: ‘There was an expectation that Diana’s boy would have a public wedding wedding. It was like ”mission complete with William, now let’s see if we can go the distance with Harry and say job done”.’

As footage plays of the wedding in St George’s Chapel, Harry remembers how his father, King Charles, helped him choose an orchestra. 

Meghan adds: ‘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 very important to me, so I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes. 

‘The whole thing was surreal. It was at that moment that I also saw H.’  

The duchess also speaks about her actions following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.

Meghan says: ‘The Grenfell fire was horrendous. We were watching on the news in Nottingham Cottage.

‘The Grenfell fire left so many families displaced, outside of how many deaths it caused, and I remember saying, ‘Can we do something, can we can go down there and so something?’ And so I connected with the women at Al-Manaar, which is a mosque in Grenfell – they were living in these hotels and just given meal vouchers for fast food.’

Meghan later produced a cookbook with some of the women, Together: Our Community Cookbook.

Footage then airs of the couple’s 2018 tour of Australia, with the couple’s friend Lucy Fraser claiming the success of the trip made ‘the internals at the palace’ feel ‘threatened’. 

The episode features more footage from Martin Bashir’s controversial interview with Diana, Princess of Wales – despite William’s pleas for it never to appear again. 

Diana discusses her tour of Australia with the now King and reflects on how the media appeared more interested in her than Charles.

She says: ‘Now, if you are a man like my husband, a proud man, you mind about that if you hear it every day for weeks and you feel low about it.’

Before the clip is shown, Harry speaks about how Meghan appeared to receive more press attention than the rest of the royal family, including the Prince of Wales.’   

In a teaser clip, Meghan's lawyer Jenny 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'

In a teaser clip, Meghan’s lawyer Jenny 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’

In a teaser clip, the duchess herself was seen saying: ‘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 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, in another trailer released on Monday, said ‘They were happy to lie to protect my brother (William). They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us’, while Meghan said she was ‘fed to the wolves’.

It was not clear who Harry was referring to when he said ‘they’ and what was being lied about. 

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment.

Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix series is a ‘form of revenge’ that will prove ‘catastrophic’ for the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with his brother, a royal expert has warned ahead of the release.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams called on filmmakers to back up claims made by Meghan and her allies that she was ‘fed to the wolves’ and used as a ‘scapegoat’ to distract from other negative stories about other Royal family members.

Responding to the teaser, Mr Fitzwilliams told MailOnline it showed ‘how much of a coup for Netflix this docuseries is.’

He added: ‘The claim is that the Palace used Meghan as a ‘scapegoat’ so other damaging stories about other royals would go away

‘So the question is, to benefit which royals and who knew about it? Which other members of the royal family were involved or were courtiers briefing without their knowledge?

‘William was named in an earlier trailer by Harry. This will be catastrophic for the relationship between the once close brothers.

‘What exactly is the evidence that backs up their claim that Meghan was ‘fed to the wolves’?

‘Essentially the claim is that the institution was working against them and using the media to discredit them with a barrage of negative articles. Her lawyer Jenny Afia says she has seen evidence. However what evidence will we be shown?’

He continued: ‘We have heard that she was dissatisfied with many aspects of royal life. The formality, what she felt she had to wear and what Harry has called ‘unconscious bias’ linked to race. 

The documentary makers also use a picture of Buckingham Palace and footage of the duke and Prince William at their grandfather's funeral as Harry says: 'They were happy to lie to protect my brother'

The documentary makers also use a picture of Buckingham Palace and footage of the duke and Prince William at their grandfather’s funeral as Harry says: ‘They were happy to lie to protect my brother’

In yesterday's teaser clip, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, and her allies claimed there was a 'war against Meghan' that saw people briefed to tell unfavourable stories about her and the Duke, 38, in a bid to make damaging tales about other royals 'go away'. Alongside the visuals appears a newspaper article (right) on how Ms Widdecombe branded the Duchess 'trouble' during her stint on Big Brother in 2018

In yesterday’s teaser clip, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, and her allies claimed there was a ‘war against Meghan’ that saw people briefed to tell unfavourable stories about her and the Duke, 38, in a bid to make damaging tales about other royals ‘go away’. Alongside the visuals appears a newspaper article (right) on how Ms Widdecombe branded the Duchess ‘trouble’ during her stint on Big Brother in 2018

The Duke of Sussex continues: 'They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us'

The Duke of Sussex continues: ‘They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us’

‘Harry has even implied their safety was at stake. He has said his second family was in Africa. He has talked about the way royals are expected to marry someone ‘who fits the mould’, a clear dig at William and Catherine. 

‘Their supporters In the series have attacked the Commonwealth, the Queen’s special legacy. 

‘This is undoubtedly a form of revenge. It remains to be seen after tomorrow’s series airs, if the royals will respond and if so, how.’ 

Claims made in the documentary will face intense scrutiny, with questions raised ahead of the streaming over whether the evidence Ms Afia referred to will be produced in full, which stories they were talking about, and exactly which royals were allegedly being protected.

As Meghan spoke, footage was played of newspaper front pages featuring the headlines ‘Meghan Made Kate Cry’ and ‘Heir Heads’ – about Kate and Meghan’s flower dress dispute and the Sussexes’ use of private planes.

In her Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan said Kate, now the Princess of Wales, made her cry ahead of her wedding at a flower girl dress fitting – not the other way round as had been reported – and that ‘everyone in the institution knew that wasn’t true’ but it was not corrected.

During the trailer, Harry makes the astonishing claim that he and Meghan were victims of 'institutional gaslighting'

During the trailer, Harry makes the astonishing claim that he and Meghan were victims of ‘institutional gaslighting’ 

In the trailer, Harry said 'they were happy to lie to protect my brother'. It is not clear who he is referring to

In the trailer, Harry said ‘they were happy to lie to protect my brother’. It is not clear who he is referring to

Meanwhile, the royal family, including Harry’s father and brother, will be out in force together on Thursday, putting on a united front as the King, the Queen Consort and the Prince of Wales join Kate for her Christmas carol concert in Westminster Abbey.

More than 1,800 people will gather in the Abbey for some festive cheer, staged to recognised 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 was dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II and the values she demonstrated throughout her life, including ‘duty, empathy, faith, service, kindness, compassion and support for others’.

The Sussexes’ six-part show – which forms part of their multimillion-pound deal with Netflix – has become the streaming giant’s most-watched documentary in a premier week, debuting with 81.55 million hours viewed.

Christopher Bouzy says: 'They were actively recruiting people to disseminate disinformation', but does not make clear who 'they' are

Christopher Bouzy says: ‘They were actively recruiting people to disseminate disinformation’, but does not make clear who ‘they’ are

The last three episodes look set to explore the Megxit crisis, when Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life to move to the US, with the duke heard saying: ‘There was no other option at this point…I said ‘we need to get outta here’.’

In the first instalment on December 8, Harry accused the royals of having a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ and Meghan said the media wanted to ‘destroy’ her.

The duke also said members of his family questioned why Meghan needed more protection from the media than their wives had been given, but that they failed to grasp the ‘race element’.

Ironically the home subsequently depicted is Frogmore Cottage, the couple's Windsor residence, when they returned for the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June

Ironically the home subsequently depicted is Frogmore Cottage, the couple’s Windsor residence, when they returned for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 

Meghan also alleged she was given guidance not to invite her niece Ashleigh Hale to her royal wedding.

Yet sources told The Sunday Times it was Meghan’s choice not to include her niece and she was not told who she should invite.

Former Suits actress Meghan insisted she was not prepped on royal matters or conduct, but the newspaper said she was given a 30-point dossier on royal life with information and details of experts she could approach for help.

One matter not yet explored is the accusation Meghan bullied Palace staff, with the story published in March 2021 just days before the Oprah interview was aired.

Buckingham Palace said it was ‘very concerned’ and began an investigation into claims in The Times that the duchess drove out two personal assistants and ‘humiliated’ staff, leaving them in tears, which she denies.

The investigation into the handling of the claims has never been published.

Harry and Meghan’s £88million docuseries topped Netflix’s 10 most watched shows 30 hours after its release. 

The controversial airing even lead to a Government minister to call for a ‘boycott’ of Netflix over its documentary with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, branding the couple ‘utterly irrelevant’.

No 10 said in response that the Prime Minister did not back Guy Opperman’s attempts to bring legislation in that could strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles.

The couple received criticism over the six-part series for apparently attacking British institutions as they discussed their experiences including racism.

The employment minister described them as ‘clearly a very troubled couple’ but claimed they had faced ‘unacceptable’ press intrusion.

‘I would urge everyone to boycott Netflix and make sure that we actually focus on the things that matter,’ he told BBC Question Time last Thursday.

But a Downing Street spokesman told journalists ‘it’s a matter for the public what channels they want to watch’.

Meghan and Harry volume 1 episodes 1-3: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex discuss Megxit, racism and their new life in series rocking Royal Family

The first three episodes of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary sparked a transatlantic war of words over whether the Royal Family were given the chance to properly respond to incendiary claims made by the Sussexes.

A senior source insisted Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and members of the family were not approached for comment on content in the six-part series in a devastating blow to its credibility.

However, a Netflix source has insisted the communications offices for the King and the Prince of Wales were contacted in advance and given the chance to react to Harry and Meghan’s ‘claims within the series’.

Kensington Palace then responded by saying that they had an email from a third-party production company, not Harry and Meghan’s Archewell foundation or Netflix. The Prince of Wales’ aides then contacted the Sussexes and the streaming giant to verify if it was genuine, but got no reply.

‘In the absence of this verification, we were unable to provide any response. The substance of the email we received also did not address the entire series,’ a source said. A Buckingham Palace source has also disputed the Sussexes’ claims that the royals were asked to comment.

Harry and Meghan's Netflix documentary began with this statement - Buckingham Palace disputed this in a blow to the credibility of the series

Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary began with this statement – Buckingham Palace disputed this in a blow to the credibility of the series

Harry and Meghan kiss in the behind-closed-doors Netflix series. Harry says he made the decision to marry Meghan 'with his heart' because he is 'his mother's son' and claims his wife being an American actress 'clouded' his family's view of her

Harry and Meghan kiss in the behind closed doors Netflix series. Harry says he made decision to marry Meghan ‘with his heart’ because he is ‘his mother’s son’ and claims his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her

Prince Harry opens the docu-series from Heathrow as he left the country and frontline royal duties in March 2020

Prince  Harry opens the docu-series from Heathrow as he left the country and frontline royal duties in March 2020

A pregnant Meghan Markle with her son Archie resting on her bump in the new Netflix series released

A pregnant Meghan Markle with her son Archie resting on her bump in the new Netflix series released

An incredibly intimate snap of Meghan and Harry's engagement was shared in the docuseries, showing the royal on one knee with his now wife's dog and white roses as he proposed

An incredibly intimate snap of Meghan and Harry’s engagement was shared in the docuseries, showing the royal on one knee with his now wife’s dog and white roses as he proposed

Meghan said she was shocked at the formality of the Royal Family and showed how she bowed for the first time when she met the Queen

Meghan said she was shocked at the formality of the Royal Family and showed how she bowed for the first time when she met the Queen

It was business as usual for King Charles, who appeared in great spirits as he attended a community hub in King's Cross, London

It was business as usual for King Charles, who appeared in great spirits as he attended a community hub in King’s Cross, London

The row began when at the beginning of episode one, for around 20 seconds, the screen went black apart from the words: ‘Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within the series.’

The insider added that, for now, there will be no official comment from the King or the Prince of Wales on its incendiary contents, including allegations of racism and ‘unconscious bias’ and a series of barbs aimed at Charles, William, Kate Middleton and other royals.

Harry said his family also failed to understand that his wife-to-be needed protection against racist attacks.

The series and the row over right of reply reveals just how badly relations have broken down between the Sussexes and the Royal Family. One source told the Mirror of William and Harry: ‘Sadly it shows the gulf between the two brothers couldn’t be wider’.

Meghan and Harry’s Netflix episodes in full 

EPISODE ONE: The Duke of Sussex reveals he ‘had to quit’ royal duties to protect Meghan Markle as he compared the former Suit actress to his late mother Princess Diana in the first episode of the couple’s bombshell Netflix series. 

It features Harry filming himself in the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, on the day of Megxit, when the couple decided to leave the royal family. It will inevitably raise questions about just when the couple decided to work with Netflix on their incendiary docuseries.   

It also reveals: 

– Harry said a friend told the couple they should document a period of their lives, which they agreed to due to the ‘misinformation’ about them.

– Harry said he first spotted Meghan on a friend’s Instagram.

– Harry and Meghan said they had their first date at 76 Dean Street – and the Duke was late.

– Meghan’s friend Silver Tree said the Duchess was ‘crazy’ about Harry after meeting him.

– Harry said there is a temptation in the royal family to marry someone who ‘fits the mould’.

– The Duke recalled his childhood was ‘filled with’ laughter, happiness, and adventure, and that he remembers his mother’s ‘cheeky laugh’.

– Harry said: ‘The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi.’

– The Duke praised his mother, Diana, for her efforts to ‘protect’ him and his brother from the media.

– Harry said his mother was ‘compelled’ to talk about her life.

EPISODE TWO:  Features Meghan’s mother, Doria, speaking on camera for the first time about her daughter’s relationship with Prince Harry. 

She tells interviewers the last five years have been ‘challenging’ but is ‘ready to have my voice heard’. 

It also reveals:  

– The Duke said members of the royal family asked why Meghan should be ‘protected’ or given ‘special treatment’ when they questioned newspaper headlines about her.

– Harry said negative press coverage about Meghan had a ‘race element’.

– Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland told of paparazzi taking pictures of deprived neighbourhoods in Los Angeles and saying that was where she was from.

– The Duke said articles in the press had ‘racist undertones’ as well as ‘outright racism’.

– Harry went on to talk about his children, saying he is ‘really proud’ they are mixed race.

– The Duke said he and the Duchess of Sussex were keen ‘not to make the same mistakes our parents did’ while bringing up their children.

– The King’s second son said the early stages of dating were ‘car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises’.

– Meghan found the ‘formality’ of being in the royal family ‘surprising’, saying she realised people in the UK found hugging ‘really jarring’.

– The Duke of Sussex described how Meghan meeting the Queen for the first time was a ‘shock to the system’, saying it was ‘weird’ telling her to curtsy to his grandmother.

– Harry said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.

– The Duchess of Sussex said the media would find a way to ‘destroy’ her ‘no matter how good’ she was.

EPISODE THREE:  Harry and Meghan call their engagement announcement in 2017 an ‘orchestrated reality show’ – and experts take aim at the ‘racist’ history of the British empire, and its Kings and Queens.

It also reveals:   

– Harry believes there is a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the royal family.

– Meghan claimed stories were ‘planted’ in the lead up to their wedding, with the couple ‘playing whack-a-mole’ with the press.

– Meghan described the time around their engagement as an ‘orchestrated reality show’, adding their interview after the announcement was ‘rehearsed’.

– Harry said he ‘shoulders’ the responsibility for the breakdown of Meghan’s relationship with her father.

– Harry said his time in the Army helped ‘burst’ the bubble of life in the royal family.

– Meghan claimed her elder half-sister Samantha Markle exaggerated the extent of their relationship.

– Meghan revealed her son Archie’s favourite song is Bennie And The Jets by Sir Elton John.

– Meghan discovered her father was going to attend her wedding ‘through a tabloid’.

Meghan and Harry used their $100million deal with the streaming giant to launch fresh swipes at the Royal Family and Britain in shows being described as transatlantic ‘TV bombs’ hurled at The Firm.

Episode one began with a pointed attack on Buckingham Palace with a statement on screen claiming: ‘Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series’. But hours after the first three episodes began streaming, royal officials in London insisted they were never asked to respond at all.

The source was clear that neither Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace nor any member of the family were approached for comment on the content of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s Netflix series. 

The team at Kensington Palace, who work for Prince William and Kate, later clarified that they had received an email from a 3rd party production company about the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary. The press team contacted Archewell and Netflix to verify if it was genuine, but got no reply. The email did not contain the substance of allegations in the entire series.

MailOnline can also reveal:

As part of their $100million deal with Netflix, the privacy-conscious couple have handed over a trove of pictures and video from their relationship including the moment Harry proposed in 2017 and filming himself in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he emigrated in March 2020. 

The first three episodes contain a series of barbs that will upset his father King Charles III, including Harry’s claim that he was ‘literally brought up’ by a ‘second family’ in Africa where he chose to spend three-month stints in his late teens and twenties as he came to terms with his mother’s death.

Harry also describes a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family – with reference to Princess Michael of Kent wearing an offensive Blackamoor-style brooch in front of his wife at Buckingham Palace. 

There is also a suggestion that the UK is racist and more obsessed with race than the US, with Meghan declaring that she ‘wasn’t really treated like a black woman’ until she came to Britain. 

And in a swipe at the choice of wives by his male relatives, viewed as an attack on his father and other senior royals, perhaps even his brother William, Harry insisted that his decision to marry Meghan sets him apart from his family because it was ‘from his heart’ and not because she ‘would fit the mould’.

He said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her – and they believed it wouldn’t last.

The Duke of Sussex said: ‘I think for so many people in the family, especially obviously the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destined to be with. The difference between making decisions with your head, or your heart. And my mum certainly made most of her decisions – if not all of them – from her heart. And I am my mother’s son’.

There will also be some aspects of the series that will likely anger Prince William, including his younger brother’s decision to use a clip from their mother’s BBC interview with Martin Bashir, which the Prince of Wales said should never be shown again after she was duped into taking part. 

Justifying the decision, Harry told his documentary: ‘She felt compelled to talk about it. Especially in that Panorama interview. I think we all now know that she was deceived into giving the interview, but at the same time she spoke the truth of her experience’.

Meghan also hits out at the formality of the royals, describing meeting the Prince and Princess of Wales wearing torn jeans and bare feet. Discussing what happened, she said: ‘I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits’. 

She also admits to being baffled by the ‘formality’ of meeting the Queen for the first time, claiming she thought Harry was ‘joking’ when she learned she had to bow or curtsey and comparing her first meal at Windsor to a ‘Medieval Times, Dinner and Tournament’.

The highly-anticipated series is being put out in two parts, with the first three episodes of the six-part docu-series now available to stream online.

The series contains tears from Meghan, who Harry repeatedly compares to Princess Diana claiming that both his mother and wife were being hunted by the press. 

Meghan also claims that as an American she found the ‘formality’ of being in the royal family ‘surprising’ – declaring that meeting the Queen for the first time was a ‘shock to the system’. She said Harry had told her in the car: ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke’, she said.

They also discuss Princess Michael of Kent a Blackamoor-style brooch to a pre-Christmas event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017. She was forced to apologise. 

Harry said: ‘In this family sometimes your part of the problem rather than part of the solution. And there is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias is actually no one’s fault.’

Meghan adds: ‘Obviously now everyone is aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK. Before then. I wasn’t really treated like a black woman’. 

Harry claims that his family had dismissed her when they found out she was an American actress – but he insisted he knew in his ‘heart’ he would marry her because he is his ‘mother’s son’.

In episode one, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin by filming themselves on the day they ended their royal duties in March 2020, with Harry in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he flew to Canada. Meghan cries with a towel on her head as she declares: ‘I don’t even know where to begin’. 

Viewers pointed out this footage was captured six months before their $100million deal with Netflix was signed in September 2020.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: ‘There have been rumours and reports that they were planning to exploit their royal status early on.

‘To my knowledge nothing is confirmed as fact though it is thought that they wanted an interview with Oprah when senior working royals.’

Norman Baker, former MP and expert on royal finances, told MailOnline: ‘It may well signify a long-term plan to do something – or just accumulation of stock footage.

‘They clearly wanted to use it at some point. Their knowledge on the Royal Family essentially ended when they left the country and that institution.

‘They are essentially mining the past now, not the future.

‘They got £88million from Netflix so it’s very clear that now want their pound of flesh.’

The privacy-conscious couple have given extraordinary access to the streaming giant, including a treasure trove of pictures and footage from their private lives including of their children. 

There are also private texts and emails they shared at the time of their courtship. Meghan’s mother Doria also speaks publicly about their relationship for the first time.

The first three episodes also cover Harry’s birth and upbringing and he blames the media for the failure of his previous relationships. The Sussexes then describe how they get together, their engagement and then quitting as frontline royals.

Meghan and Harry share a candid shot with Doria and Archie on his birthday as the privacy-conscious couple released  a stream of family pictures and even texts and emails

Meghan and Harry share a candid shot with Doria and Archie on his birthday as the privacy-conscious couple released  a stream of family pictures and even texts and emails

In the opening scenes, Harry says: 'We've just finished two weeks, out final push, our list stint of royal engagements. 'It's really hard to look back on it now and go what on earth happened?'

In the opening scenes, Harry says: ‘We’ve just finished two weeks, out final push, our list stint of royal engagements. ‘It’s really hard to look back on it now and go what on earth happened?’

The first episode, which is 56 minutes long, shared the impact of Harry's childhood in the public eye and their secret relationship in the early days. Its Netflix tags were 'Riveting', 'Investigative', and 'Docuseries'

The first episode, which is 56 minutes long, shared the impact of Harry’s childhood in the public eye and their secret relationship in the early days. Its Netflix tags were ‘Riveting’, ‘Investigative’, and ‘Docuseries’

Harry and Meghan signed lucrative deals, thought to be worth well over £100million, with the streaming giant and Spotify, after quitting as senior working royals in 2020 following family rifts and struggles with royal life

Harry and Meghan signed lucrative deals, thought to be worth well over £100million, with the streaming giant and Spotify, after quitting as senior working royals in 2020 following family rifts and struggles with royal life

Prince Harry, Meghan and Princess Eugenie (pictured together) party with Jack Brooksbank at a Halloween party the night before their relationship was revealed in the British press

Prince Harry, Meghan and Princess Eugenie (pictured together) party with Jack Brooksbank at a Halloween party the night before their relationship was revealed in the British press

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex discuss Megxit, racism and their new life in California. It also begins with a pointed comment that the Royal Family declined to comment on allegations in the show and reveals it was completed in August 2022 – before the death of the Queen.

Episode one begins with Harry filming himself at Heathrow Airport in March 2020 as he finishes his final royal engagements before emigrating. His wife, in Vancouver, breaks down on her bed as she says: ‘I don’t even know where to begin’.

The show opened with words written in white on a black background which said: ‘This is a first-hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story, told with never before seen personal archive. All interviews were completed by August 2022. Members of the royal family declined to comment on the content within this series.’

The opening scenes of the first episode show an airport with a close-up of a departures sign while piano music plays over the footage.

It then cuts to Harry and words on the screen tell viewers he is in the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020.

He appears to be filming himself speaking into his phone camera and says: ‘Hi. So we’re here on Wednesday the something of March.

‘We’ve just finished our two weeks, our like final push, our last stint of royal engagements.

‘It’s really hard to look back on it now and go ‘what on earth happened’? Like, how did we end up here?’

As Harry speaks, images of the couple flash on screen, followed by newspaper headlines and broadcasters’ audio from coverage about their decision to step back from royal life.

The first episode then shifts to what appears to be phone footage, filmed vertically, showing Vancouver Island, Canada.

Meghan appears with a towel wrapped around her hair, appearing to speak into her phone camera, saying: ‘H is in London and I’m here.’

She shakes her head and says: ‘I don’t even know where to begin.’

The first episode of Harry & Meghan cuts to London in July 2016 and Harry can be heard saying that is when they met.

Meghan said another season of Suits was confirmed and she had plans to travel with friends having been ‘single for a couple of months’.

The episode features an interview with Meghan’s friend Lindsay Jill Roth, who says: ‘In the summer of 2016 she had a few different trips planned and she was just going to be free.’

This part of the episode features photos of Meghan with friends including Jessica Mulroney.

Meghan said: ‘I was really intent on being single and just have fun girl-time.’

Another friend called Lucy Fraser tells the documentary: ‘She had planned her single-girl summer and she had a lot of plans of going around Europe.’

It cuts to Meghan who says: ‘I had a career. I had my life. I had my path… and then came H.

‘I mean, he literally, talk about a plot twist.’

Harry said he first spotted Meghan on a friend’s Instagram.

He said: ‘I was scrolling through my feed and someone who was a friend had this video of the two of them, it was like a Snapchat.’

An image of Meghan with the popular dog ears filter is then shown.

Harry said: ‘That was the first thing. I was like ‘who is that?”

Meghan said the friend then sent her an email, the words of which are typed out on the screen, saying: ‘Between you and I thought you might want to know this being newly single and all. I put our Snapchat on Instagram and Prince Haz follows me (he’s a friend) he called me last night dying to meet you. hehehe. I might just have to set you up’ (sic).

Meghan’s reply, which was also typed out on screen, was: ‘Who is prince haz?????’

Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children

Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children

Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children

Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Below her reply viewers can see the words: ‘Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse all technological mishaps. I’m a Luddite’.

Meghan said she asked her friend who had contacted her about Harry if she could see his social media feed.

Speaking in the first episode, Meghan said: ‘That’s the thing. People say ‘did you Google him?’ No. That’s your homework… you’re like ‘let me see what they’re about in their feed’, not what someone else says about them, but what they are putting out about themselves.

‘That, to me, was the best barometer. So I went through and it was just like beautiful photography and all these environmental shots and this time he was spending in Africa.’

Harry said they then got each others’ numbers.

‘We were just constantly in touch,’ he said, adding that they decided to meet.

The Duke of Sussex has said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.

Meghan, talking about meeting the Queen during episode two of their Netflix documentary, said: ‘I didn’t know what I was doing.’

Harry went on: ‘I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed, some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves.

‘Because I think they were surprised. They were surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.

‘But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning, ‘oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’.’

Meghan added: ‘The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough. There is a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint – Hollywood – and it’s just very easy for them to typecast that.’

Doria Ragland has spoken about her daughter relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in their new Netflix documentary

Doria Ragland has spoken about her daughter relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in their new Netflix documentary

The show reveals the texts and emails between the couple as their relationship began as well as  with a friend who set them up

The show reveals the texts and emails between the couple as their relationship began as well as  with a friend who set them up

Meghan lifts the lid on meeting the Queen and the Royal family for the first time

Meghan has lifted the lid on what it was truly like to meet the Royal Family – as she compared her first encounter with the Queen to a themed dinner at America’s ‘Medieval Times’.

The Duchess of Sussex described the pomp and ceremony of meeting the senior members of the Royal Family as part of Harry and Meghan’s explosive Netflix documentary, which saw the first three episodes released on Thursday. 

In it, the 41-year-old described her first ‘amazing’ Christmas at Sandringham, where she was sat next to the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

And she recounted the ‘intense’ moment of meeting Her Majesty for the first time during a lunch at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, joking that the whole occasion felt like an antiquated banquet at Medieval Times, a family dinner theater in the US featuring staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting, and jousting.

Beaming: Meghan recounts the first moment she was introduced to the Queen while husband Harry looks on as part of the couple's new Netflix docu-series, released

Beaming: Meghan recounts the first moment she was introduced to the Queen while husband Harry looks on as part of the couple’s new Netflix docu-series, released

Meghan, pictured, demonstrates how she curtsied to Her Majesty during a lunch at the Royal Lodge in Windsor in 2016

Meghan, pictured, demonstrates how she curtsied to Her Majesty during a lunch at the Royal Lodge in Windsor in 2016

But the 41-year-old Duchess compared the 'surreal' encounter with the late Queen to a night out at American themed-dinner institution Medieval Times. She is pictured with the Queen in Chester in 2018

But the 41-year-old Duchess compared the ‘surreal’ encounter with the late Queen to a night out at American themed-dinner institution Medieval Times. She is pictured with the Queen in Chester in 2018

The Queen was the first senior member of the Royal Family that Meghan met after she and Prince Harry announced their relationship in 2016. 

‘She had no idea what it all consisted of,’ Harry tells the docu-series, as he sits with his arm around his wife. ‘So it was a bit of a shock to the system for her.’

Grinning, Meghan added: ‘I mean. it’s surreal. There wasn’t like some big moment of ‘Now you’re gonna meet my grandmother’.

‘I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before. We were in the car and we were going to the Royal Lodge for lunch, and he [Harry] was like, ‘Oh, my grandmother is here, she’s gonna be there after church.’.

‘I remember we were in the car, driving and he’s [Harry] like, ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’. And I just thought it was a joke.’

The Duke continued: ‘How do you explain that to people? How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother? And that you would need to curtsy, especially to an American. That’s weird.’

Meghan then tells the documentary: ‘Now I’m starting to realise this is a big deal. I mean, American’s will understand this. We have Medieval Times dinner and tournament. It was like that. Like, I curtsied as though I was like… ‘Pleasure to meet you your Majesty.’

Grinning, Meghan told the Netflix documentary she had to learn how to curtesy just minutes before meeting Her Majesty

Grinning, Meghan told the Netflix documentary she had to learn how to curtesy just minutes before meeting Her Majesty 

Pictured: Meghan shows off her deep bow and curtesy during the Netflix documentary as she admitted the whole experience of meeting the Queen for the first time was 'so intense'

Pictured: Meghan shows off her deep bow and curtesy during the Netflix documentary as she admitted the whole experience of meeting the Queen for the first time was ‘so intense’

‘It was so intense. And then when she left, Eugenie and Jack and Fergie say ‘you did great!’. Thanks. I didn’t know what I was doing.’

Meghan and Harry’s Netflix began with an attack on Buckingham Palace’s decision not to co-operate with the series that declares a fresh war on the Royal Family and the media.

The highly-anticipated series is being put out in two parts, with the first three episodes of the six-part docu-series now available to stream.

The series contains tears from Meghan, who Harry repeatedly compares to Princess Diana claiming that both his mother and wife were being hunted by the press. 

There are also a series of jibes at his father, King Charles III, and brother Prince William as well as speaking about alleged racism and ‘unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family.

During the second episode, Meghan speaks about the ‘formality’ of the royals behind closed doors, saying she was ‘surprised’ by this.

‘I was a hugger always being a hugger I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits,’ she added.

‘I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside. 

‘That there is a forward-facing way of being. And then you close the door and you are like (sighs) ‘Oh great. Okay, we can relax now’. But that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.’

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2017 with Harry, Prince Philip and the Princess of Wales, then the Duchess of Cambridge), talks about her first festive season with the Royal Family in her and Prince Harry's new documentary

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2017 with Harry, Prince Philip and the Princess of Wales, then the Duchess of Cambridge), talks about her first festive season with the Royal Family in her and Prince Harry’s new documentary

Happy couple: Prince Harry pictured with Meghan in 2017. The pair have released the first three episodes of their six-part docu-series on Netflix

Happy couple: Prince Harry pictured with Meghan in 2017. The pair have released the first three episodes of their six-part docu-series on Netflix

Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince Philip at the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham, Norfolk, in 2017

Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince Philip at the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham, Norfolk, in 2017

Recalling her first Christmas at Sandringham, Meghan said she found it ‘amazing’ as she was ‘with a big family like I always wanted.’ 

‘I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham,’ Meghan said. ‘Calling my mom, and she’s like, ‘How’s it going?’ and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s amazing. It’s just like a big family like I always wanted’.’ 

And she recounted a lighter moment with the late-Prince Philip, who she sat next to during the royal festive lunch. 

‘There was just this constant movement, energy and fun,’ she added, ‘and at dinner I was sat next to H’s grandfather and I just thought it was so wonderful and I was like ”we chatted about this and this”… and he [Harry] was like ”you had his bad ear he couldn’t hear anything you were saying” and I was like ”oh… well I though it went really well.’

The Royal Family seemed ‘incredibly impressed’ with Meghan during the early days of their relationship, added Prince Harry,

But the Duke also claimed his family thought the relationship with the former Suits actress would never never last.   

‘I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed. Some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves… They were surprised that the ginger could land such a beautiful woman. And such an intelligent woman. 

‘But the fact I was dating an American actress, was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else in the beginning: ‘Oh, she’s an American actress, this won’t last’.

Meghan added: ‘The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough. There is a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint – Hollywood – and it’s just very easy for them to typecast that.’

The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service, with three explosive episodes available so far

The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service, with three explosive episodes available so far

Elsewhere in the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex said she didn’t know what a royal walkabout was – where royals meet members of the public who have gathered on the streets – before going on her first one.

‘I never saw pictures or videos of a walkabout. Like, what’s a walkabout?’ she said.

Harry explained: ‘I could talk her through as much as I knew from my own experience of what I’d seen. The piece I really didn’t know about was the style, right, and what a woman needed to, how they needed to dress and all that.’

Meghan added that before her first walkabout in Nottingham, her zip broke on her ensemble and had to be safety pinned, to which Harry said: ‘The whole thing was just ridiculous.’

The duke recalled: ‘Everybody was just so excited and pleased and happy. And I think people looked at it and went, ‘Wow, what a breath of fresh air’.



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