The highly-anticipated series features intimate confessions on cell phones made by self-exiled royals previously unpublished photos and videos as well as interview with them as well as their circle of friends.
The much-anticipated docuseries on Netflix Harry & Meghan opens with an episode that demonstrates the extraordinary accessibility. The title card indicates it is because Harry and Meghan is a docu-series that the British royal family decided not to speak about the production, as one of the reasons for this is the reported $100 million agreement that Prince Harry as well as wife Meghan Markle signed with Netflix just six months after resigning as working royals Harry makes an appearance in a video confessional recorded by a cell phone. Singing in his Windsor Suite of London’s Heathrow Airport in March 2020, which was the same month the couple relocated into Los Angeles, Harry reveals, “We’ve just finished our two weeks, our last campaign, our final period with royal appearances.”
These engagements included an Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey and the couple made an apprehensive appearance with Prince William along with Kate Middleton amidst rumors of the possibility of a sibling feud and further drama behind the scenes. The day before an acquaintance of the couple revealed to press that the return trip in London “has served as a proof that they’ve made the right decision in separating. There’s no love between the members of the family.” The couple’s reflections on Harry on the Netflix documentary, “It’s really hard to think about it and ask to the question, what could possibly have happened? What happened? How did we get to where we are today?”
The film ends with another self-taped cell phone confessional, this time with freshly washed Meghan with wet hair, covered in towel, also confused by the sudden turn of events. “H. is currently in London but I’m in London,” she says, calling her husband by his name. “I am not sure what to do next.” In a different confessional, which was filmed in an all-black bathrobe, Meghan states, “We keep talking about it because now it’s unlikely to make sense however, one day it will be clear.” Meghan later explains the reasons she and Harry have agreed to the explosive docuseries in an interview that appears more polished, recorded in the Montecito mansion. “The the last 6 years in my own life I’ve read books that are being written about our life by people I don’t know. Isn’t it more beneficial to learn about our story from ourselves?” Opines Harry, “As father I believe consent is an essential element to this. If you’re a parent you must give your permission to share what you can share.”
Before the show dives deeper deep into the exclusive extensive (and costly) access to Harry and Meghan’s unpublished tales about their relationship and family relationships, complete with text message recreations intimate photographs, intimate videos, and a critique of the monarchy. Harry explains the reasons they have decided to document their lives during this incredibly transitional period.
“A acquaintance of mine suggested that we keep a record of our lives during this time. Given the amount of misinformation that’s out there, particularly regarding our departure and us this seemed like an excellent idea,” says Harry, which is a reason that’s included in the series of six parts to seem to shield the couple from the criticism that they’re selling their family members for cash. Meghan states that all of the sharing doesn’t always feel comfortable–“but when you’re feeling like you’ve lost any impression of who you really are , it’s great to be able to take the chance to let people get a little bit of an understanding of what transpired and what we’re like.”
Audio and photos from the couple’s wedding night which took place on the night that Harry proposed on a blanket filled with white flowers, electric candles and Meghan’s dog Guy. One picture shows Harry sitting down beside Guy and a selfie captures Meghan with Harry smiling in front of the camera. There’s also audio from a call Meghan exuberantly sent to her best friend Jess screaming “It’s going on!”
A grainy photo from their second date, as well as a collection of pictures from the couple’s five-day camping excursion in Botswana that was their 3rd date. “We were required to get meet each other before the other media joined into the mix,” says Harry, saying the fact that Meghan had “everything I’ve been searching for. She’s so comfy, so at ease with me and my family.”
Screengrabs of their exuberant FaceTime phone calls (in where it’s shown Harry had been saved under “Haz” on Meghan’s mobile) and unpublished text exchanges.
Video and photo of Meghan Harry’s youngest child, Archie and his adorable rant about his feet being dirty in one video and reading with Harry on another. In another clip, Meghan holds one of their children as a newborn and is seated before a framed picture of Diana Princess Diana. “Who’s this?” Meghan asks as the child reaches for the picture. “That’s the great-grandma Diana.”
Alongside sit-down interviews of Meghan and Harry There are also several behind-the-scenes scenes made by Garbus’s team during the initial three episodes. In one scene Meghan requests Harry to play songs while she takes the hair done and her makeup applied. Harry picks the song by Elton John “Bennie and the Jets” which Meghan states is her favorite Archie song. Another clip illustrates Meghan and Harry anxiously stepping into a car with a camera focusing on them from the back seat–while their driver is following paparazzi, with spouse and husband watching their backs to see what cars follow. The couple is filmed in the backstage area at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards in February 2022, at which Meghan and Harry were awarded their President’s Award, and of the couple getting ready for the 2021 Salute to Freedom Gala. In a different moment, Harry gives Meghan and an acquaintance a lesson about the palace’s close connection with some royal press members.
Garbus also recorded interviews with Meghan’s close friends Lindsay Jill Roth, Lucy Fraser, Jill Smoller, the actress Abigail Spencer, and Suits producer Silver Tree, as well as Harry’s family members Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, and an old Eton acquaintance known as Nicky. Two individuals associated with Meghan Harry’s Archewell Foundation are also on the show: James Holt, the foundation’s president and ex-palace spokesperson and Archewell’s strategy advisor Tim Burt. Holt throws the first game at the monarchy when he suggests that younger generations “may begin to doubt” the legitimacy of the monarchy. “I speak with total respect for the family, and for the people who I work with,”” Holt begins. “But when you put it under pressure and say that there’s a family that is anointed by God through blood to rule this country as well as other nations around the globe, it’s an difficult conversation to engage in.”
The exclusive interview that is likely to be the most popular, aside from the ones with Meghan and Harry, is with Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland. “The recent five years haven’t been easy,” she admits. “I’m eager to make an opportunity for my voice to be heard certain.” Ragland recalls raising Meghan she has discussed her daughter’s character, and recalls her first time meeting Harry: “He was a 6’1″ beautiful guy sporting red hair. Excellent manners … They seemed so happy together. He was the only one.” Then, Ragland gets into the racism in the media that her daughter was subjected to and her reaction to the racist undertones long before Meghan did.
Each episode is a unique section of the couple’s tale. The first one focuses on the early years of Prince Harry as a member of the press who was a target of the British monarchy. Rarely-seen archive footage shows Princess Diana facing paparazzi on the family’s ski vacation and begging them as parents to put away their cameras so that her children are able to enjoy their time in private. A collage made of multi-media shows Harry in a state of discontent and being enraged by the media’s attention while the prince articulates his long-standing dislike of the shambling royal media. This is a consistent quote from the first three episodes.
“The most of my memories involve being harassed by paparazzi” Harry says. Harry. “There was always pressure from the media that brought tension, drama as well as tears and watching the tears. I could observe it on my mom’s face. It’s possible that those were those moments where I thought”okay let’s think for a moment and ask myself, who do I really want to know? Who am I? what do I belong to?” Harry adds, “So much of the things Meghan is and the way she’s like to my mommy. She is the same compassionate.” The words of Harry are interspersed with similar images of Diana smiling cheek-to-cheek with a child Harry and Meghan kissing with Archie. Harry declares, “She has this warmth in her.”
The second episode focuses on Meghan’s teen period at the age of 18 in Los Angeles, her acting career, and the rocky transition into the royal world. The first time she met Prince William along with Kate Middleton – there aren’t any secrets in the videos prior to 2020–Meghan relates, “When Will and Kate visited to meet for the first time naked and wearing jeans that were ripped. I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger. I did not realize it was uncomfortable for the majority of Brits. It was then that I came to realize that formality on the outside was reflected in the interior.” In the third installment, Meghan is a more serious look at topics, including the idea that the monarchy is a symbol of an image of the British colonial empire which enriched its own self-interest through theft, violence and oppression. This episode also explores the conflict between Meghan and her half-sister Samantha along with her late father Thomas Markle in the lead-up to Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Meghan speaks about her sadness over the revelation that the photos that her father staged were sold to the press and Doria is not shy when reminiscing about the incident. “I was awestruck by the fact that Tom became one of these circuses,” the actress says. “Certainly being a mother,, that’s the last thing you want to do. It’s not parenting.”
In the initial half of the Harry & Meghan episode, Harry acknowledges that the couple’s decision to quit the royal family as active members is controversial.
“I recognize that there will be those across the globe who are fundamentally opposed to my actions and the way I’ve handled it, but I knew that I had to do my best to protect my familymembers,” Harry says. Harry. “Especially following the terrible things that occurred to my mother. I didn’t want history repeat its own story.”
The three subsequent episodes will air on December 15 and focus on their decision to quit to the UK and their role in the role of working royalty. In a sneak peek of the next installment, Meghan says cryptically, “This is the time when the family and the business are in conflict.”