The 20 bombshell revelations so far in Harry and Meghan’s explosive Netflix series: From Prince Harry filming himself on day of Megxit, how the couple met, comparing Meghan to Diana, and their ‘orchestrated reality show’ engagement interview
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive Netflix documentary has aired as the Royal Family braces itself for the revelations.
Harry & Meghan – a six-part docuseries – dropped on the streaming giant at 8am this morning in the UK, with the Windsors steeling themselves for bombshells in the first three episodes.
It contains a string of revelations and allegations about Harry’s mother Princess Diana, how the couple met, their first dates, ‘unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family and why the Sussexes ‘had to quit’ royal duties in March 2020, plunging the House of Windsor into crisis.
Here are 20 highlights from the explosive docuseries that is likely to rock ‘The Firm’ even further.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial Netflix documentary has aired as the Royal Family braces itself for the revelations
1. Harry claims they ‘had to quit’ royal duties to ‘protect’ Meghan
The Duke of Sussex claims he ‘had to quit’ royal duties to protect Meghan in the couple’s bombshell Netflix series.
In the opening scenes of the first episode of the six-part documentary, Harry insisted: ‘This isn’t just about our story. This has always been so much bigger than us. No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth.
‘The institution knows the full truth. And the media know the full truth because they’ve been in on it. And I think anybody else in my situation would have done exactly the same thing.’
The Duke also claimed that the couple made the docuseries to combat so-called ‘misinformation’ about them.
He said: ‘A friend of ours actually suggested that we document ourselves through this period of time.
‘With all of the misinformation that was going on out there, especially about us and the departure, it seemed like a really sensible idea.’
Meghan is then seen speaking into her phone camera and seems to ask if this is the first video she has filmed, saying: ‘I don’t know. We’ve talked about it. We keep talking about it, because we know that, right now it might not make sense, but one day it will make sense.’
In interview footage, she says: ‘We’ve been really conscious of protecting our kids as best as we can and also understanding the role that they play in this really historical family.’
2. Harry compares Meghan to his mother Princess Diana
In the first episode, Harry compares Meghan to his late mother, Princess Diana.
‘So much of what Meghan is and how she is, is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion. She has the same empathy. She has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her,’ he said.
Episode one features footage of a young William and Harry playing at a piano accompanied by their parents and interview footage of Diana talking about her two sons.
William appears to tell Harry not to stand on his toe, and Diana says: ‘William. He’s a typical three-year-old. Very enthusiastic. Whereas perhaps Harry is more quieter and just watches.
Harry compared Meghan to his late mother Princess Diana
The Netflix series compares images of Meghan and Diana with their children
‘He’s certainly a different character altogether.’
The footage also shows the King, then Prince of Wales, putting a white handkerchief on his head and making a funny face to try and get Harry’s attention for a photograph.
Harry tells the Netflix show: ‘My childhood, I remember, or was, filled with laughter, filled with happiness, and filled with adventure.’
He adds: ‘I don’t have many early memories of my mum. It was almost like internally I sort of blocked them out.
‘But I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh. Her always saying to me ‘Look you can get in trouble but just don’t get caught’.
‘And I’ll always be that cheeky person inside.’
This part of the first episode features footage of Harry and William as children.
Harry compared Meghan to Diana, saying they shared the same ‘compassion’
3. Duke: ‘I have internally blocked out early memories of Diana’
The Duke of Sussex has said he does not have many early memories of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, believing he has internally ‘blocked them out’.
Diana died in a car crash when Harry was just 12, but the duke, in his new Netflix documentary, said he still remembers her ‘cheeky laugh’.
Archive footage of Diana and Harry’s father, the then Prince of Wales, with Harry and his older brother William at Harry’s christening and during other arranged photocalls were shown in the tell-all series Harry & Meghan, which began streaming on Thursday.
‘My childhood, I remember, was filled with laughter, filled with happiness and filled with adventure,’ he says.
The Duke of Sussex has said he does not have many early memories of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, believing he has internally ‘blocked them out’
‘I don’t have many early memories of my mum. It was almost like internally I sort of blocked them out.
‘But I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh, her always saying to me ‘You can get in trouble – just don’t get caught’.
‘I’ll always be that cheeky person inside.’
Harry also spoke about his experience of facing photographers as a child.
‘The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi,’ he said, adding that they rarely had a holiday without someone jumping out of a bush with a camera.
‘Within the family, within the system, The advice that’s always given is don’t react. Don’t feed into it,’ he said.
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4. Harry: ‘I was pulled from one place to another during parents’ divorce’
The Duke of Sussex has spoken of being ‘pulled from one place to another’ during his parents’ divorce.
Speaking in episode two of the six-part Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries, released on Thursday, he said: ‘I think most kids who are the product of divorced parents have a lot in common, no matter what your background is.
‘Being pulled from one place to another, or maybe your parents are competitive, or you’re in one place longer than you want to be in, you’re in another place less than you want to be…
‘There’s all sorts of pieces to that.’
5. How Harry and Meghan met
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?????’
Below her reply viewers can see the words: ‘Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse all technological mishaps. I’m a Luddite.’
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 and Harry early in their relationship. The Duke of Sussex has said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.
6. Harry and Meghan’s first date (which the Duke was late for)… and their third date in Botswana
Harry and Meghan say they had their first date at 76 Dean Street – and Harry was late.
The Duchess of Sussex said: ‘You were late. And I couldn’t understand why he would be late.’
She said he kept texting to apologise and to explain he was stuck in traffic.
Harry said: ‘I was panicking. I was freaking out. I was, like, sweating.’
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Meghan said she feared Harry may be a guy with an ego who would make a woman sit waiting, but when he arrived she could see he was genuinely embarrassed about being late.
‘He was just so fun, just so refreshingly fun, and that was the thing, we were like child-like together,’ Meghan said in the first episode.
The couple’s first date lasted an hour and they had a ‘great chat’, viewers of the first Netflix episode will learn.
Meghan said: ‘I called him that evening and I was like ‘I’m leaving the day after tomorrow, do you want to grab dinner tomorrow night?’
‘And I’m sure he thought it was so forward and American. I’m sure he told me it was so forward and American.’
They had dinner at the same place as they had their first date.
A picture is shown of Meghan nuzzling into Harry as Meghan tells the documentary: ‘There was one photo. We just wanted to capture the feeling of just sitting in that little restaurant and going ‘Oh my gosh. We were going to give it a go’.’
Harry said: ‘That was when it just hit me. I was like, OK, this girl, this woman, is amazing, is everything that I’ve been looking for. And she’s so comfortable and so relaxed in my company.’
Meghan said: ‘He had a list apparently of what he was looking for.’
She said it was an ‘extensive’ list, and Harry said: ‘Let’s not go there.’
Harry and Meghan spent their third date in Botswana, their explosive Netflix docuseries revealed.
Harry and Meghan spent their third date in Botswana, their explosive Netflix docuseries revealed
7. Meghan recalls ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family and reveals funny moment she had with Prince Philip
Meghan recalled her ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family in her Netflix documentary.
The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service today, with three explosive episodes available.
In the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, talks about her first festive season with the Royal Family in 2017, recalling a funny moment she shared with the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham,’ Meghan said. ‘Calling my mum, and she’s like, ”How’s it going?”. And I said, ”Oh my gosh, it’s amazing.”
8. Halloween with Eugenie and Jack
Harry and Meghan shared previously unseen photographs as they partied with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Halloween in their new Netflix documentary.
The Duchess of Sussex previously revealed how she and the Duke went out incognito in Halloween costumes with his cousin and her then boyfriend for a final night out before their relationship was revealed on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
And in the first episode of their new £88 million Harry & Meghan series today, the couple shared a number of photographs from the big night out.
In one snap, Meghan and Harry can be seen crowding in for a photograph with Eugenie and Jack, as well as another friend, Marcus.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared previously unseen photographs as they partied with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Halloween in their new Netflix documentary
In one snap, Meghan and Harry can be seen crowding in for a photograph with Eugenie (pictured)
Speaking about the event in 2016, Meghan recalled going to a Halloween party with Prince Harry
In another photo from the big night, Meghan and Harry snuggle up for a snap together (pictured)
In one snap from the big night out, Meghan can be seen posing for a playful selfie with Princess Eugenie
9. Meghan meeting the Queen… and learning how to curtsy
The Duke of Sussex described during episode two how Meghan meeting the Queen for the first time was a ‘shock to the system’.
Harry said: ‘My grandmother was the first senior member of the family that Meghan met. She had no idea what it all consisted of so it was a bit of a shock to the system for her.’
Meghan said: ‘There wasn’t like some big moment of ‘Now you’re going to meet my grandmother’. I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before.
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
‘We were in the car and we were going to Royal Lodge for lunch, and he’s like ”Oh, my grandmother’s here, we’re going to meet her after church.” And I remember we were in the car driving up and he’s like ”You know how to curtsy, right?” And I just thought it was a joke.’
Harry said: ‘How do you explain that to people? How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother? And that you will need to curtsy. Especially to an American. That’s weird.’
Meghan added: ‘Now I’m starting to realise ‘This is a big deal’. I mean, Americans will understand this… We have medieval times, dinner and tournament. It was like that.’
10. Meghan’s ‘jarring’ first meeting with William and Kate
Speaking in episode two of the six-part Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries, the Duchess said: ‘When Will and Kate came over, and I met her for the first time, they came over for dinner, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot.
‘I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.
‘I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.
‘There is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door and go ‘You can relax now’, but that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.’
11. Harry: ‘There is a ”huge level of unconscious bias” in the royal family’
The Duke of Sussex said there is a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the royal family during episode three of his Netflix series Harry & Meghan.
The documentary referenced when Princess Michael of Kent wore a Blackamoor-style brooch to an event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017.
Harry said: ‘In this family, sometimes you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. There is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias, it is actually no one’s fault. But once it has been pointed out, or identified within yourself you then need to make it right.
‘It is education. It is awareness. It is a constant work in progress for everybody, including me.’
Episode two opens in New York in November 2021, with Harry and Meghan getting into a car as their bodyguard discusses how to avoid photographers ‘camped out’ along the road
As the couple become stuck in a traffic jam, they realise they are being followed by a photographer on a scooter
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12. Duke compares paparazzi chasing Diana to Meghan being trolled online
Harry compared paparazzi following Diana to the online harassment faced by his wife Meghan, telling episode two of their bombshell Netflix series: ‘To see another woman I love go through this feeding frenzy is hard.’
The Duke of Sussex told how his wife has been repeatedly targeted by social media trolls, and described the relationship between the duchess and her online critics as ‘basically the hunter versus the prey.’
Harry, narrating, says: ‘Back in my mum’s days, it was physical harassment, cameras in your face, people chasing you. Paparazzi still harass people, but the harassment exists more online now.
‘Once the photographs are out and the story is next to it, then comes the social media harassment. To see another woman in my life who I love go through this feeding frenzy, that’s hard. It’s basically the hunter versus the prey.’
13. Archie has an American accent!
Archie speaks with an American accent in private footage shared by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as part of their new Netflix programme.
The first three episodes of the bombshell docuseries offer insight into their family life in Montecito, California and glimpses of Archie, three, and daughter Lilibet, 18 months.
These include revealing Archie’s favourite song is Bennie And The Jets by Elton John, and showing a photo from what appears to be his first birthday.
The first episode shows a barefooted Harry pushing Archie across the floor as he sits on a wheeled suitcase.
It cuts to Harry saying: ‘As a dad, and as parents, I think consent is a really key piece to this.
‘That if you have children it should be your consent as to what you share.’
14. Harry on Megxit day
In the opening scenes, Harry is shown at Heathrow airport in footage he filmed himself in March 2020 at the culmination of the Megxit crisis and as he prepared to leave the UK for the last time as a senior royal.
In the opening scenes, Harry is shown at Heathrow airport in footage he filmed himself in March 2020 at the culmination of the Megxit crisis
‘This is about duty and service and I feel as though, being part of this family, it is my duty to uncover this exploitation and bribery that happens within our media,’ he says.
Meghan is seen separately, filming herself in Vancouver wearing a towel on her head and saying: ‘Unfortunately, in us standing for something, they are destroying us.’
15. Couple claim Buckingham Palace ‘declined to comment’ on allegations made in series
The series began with a written statement on a black background saying it is a ‘first hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive’.
It said all interviews were finished in August 2022 and ‘members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series’.
Harry’s father King Charles and brother William, along with Camilla and Kate, are not expected to watch the series, but royal aides will be tasked with closely monitoring the output and considering if and how to respond.
The King and the royal family will be carrying on with royal duties as normal on Thursday, with the documentary coinciding with the first circulation of coins bearing Charles’s effigy in post offices around the UK – symbolic of the adjustments continuing in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Prince Harry and Meghan shared a snap from their son Archie’s first birthday in their explosive Netflix documentary today
16. Harry and Meghan share snap from their son Archie’s first birthday
Harry and Meghan shared a snap from their son Archie’s first birthday in their explosive Netflix documentary.
The image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrating their little boy’s big day is among the first royal fans have seen of Archie as the couple have been notoriously private about him.
However in the first episode of their new £100million Netflix documentary, they shared a series of photographs and clips of Archie, including him seeing snow for the first time.
Highly personal clips show him running on the beach, at their home and the couple snuggling up with the toddler.
17. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland reveals she instantly knew Harry was ‘The One’ for her daughter
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has revealed she instantly knew Harry was ‘The One’ for her daughter from their first meeting.
Doria Ragland has spoken about her daughter relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in their new Netflix documentary
Appearing in the couple’s new bombshell Netflix series, the yoga instructor, 66, from LA, revealed that she’s ‘ready for her voice to be heard’ after a ‘challenging’ five years.
Speaking straight to camera, the mother was quizzed by producers about the first time her daughter told her about her new royal romance back in 2016.
Recalling their phone conversation, Doria says Meghan – who was starring as Rachel Zane in Suits at the time – whispered: ‘Mommy, I’m going out with Prince Harry.’
Doria said: ‘I started whispering [and said] ‘oh my god!’
During that first phone call, Meghan told her mother that she needed to keep her relationship a secret. The mother explained: ‘From the beginning, it was very sort of… nobody could know.’
The Duchess of Sussex appeared bare-faced and with her hair wrapped in a towel within moments of her Netflix documentary series
She continued: ‘He was this 6’1 handsome man with red hair, [he had] great manners. He was just really nice. They look really happy together. He was The One.’
18. Bare-faced Duchess appears in tears with hair in towel
The Duchess of Sussex appeared bare-faced and with her hair wrapped in a towel within moments of her Netflix documentary series.
Meghan reflected on her decision to step back from royal duties in a clip filmed in Canada, with the duchess shown in a low-key denim shirt and jeans.
It was a far cry from the usual ultra-glamorous Meghan, who is known for her love of designer brands and highly personal jewellery, the public may be used to seeing.
19. Meghan claims media would find a way to ‘destroy’ her… ‘no matter how good’ she was
The Duchess of Sussex claimed that the media would find a way to ‘destroy’ her ‘no matter how good’ she was.
Episode two of the Harry & Meghan six-part Netflix docuseries appeared to link the EU referendum to a ‘culture war’ in the UK at the time of their engagement in 2017.
Speaking about the press coverage of her, Meghan said: ‘At that point, I was still very much believing what I was being told, which was ”it will pass it will get better, it’s just what they do right at the very beginning”. This promise of ‘once you’re married, don’t worry, it’ll get better, once they get used to you it’ll get better, of course it’ll get better’.
‘But truth be told, no matter how hard I tried, no matter how good I was, no matter what I did, they were still going to find a way to destroy me,’ Meghan added.
20. Harry’s regret at dressing up as a Nazi
Harry spoke about when he wore a Nazi uniform to a private party in 2005.
He said: ‘It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right.’
Harry, who was 20 at the time, was pictured holding a drink and cigarette, while wearing the costume.
Clarence House issued a response saying Harry had apologised for any offence or embarrassment caused.
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