of last 3 episodes A Netflix documentary series about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was released Thursday.
the first three episodes, released last weekwhich touched on the couple’s early years in their relationship, the constant media attention they faced, and what Harry called “unconscious bias” within the royal family.
These latest installments take a closer look at Harry’s rift with relatives, the toll the past few years have brought on the couple and their new life in California.
Buckingham Palace reiterated Thursday that it would not comment on the documentary, and royal involvement continues.
Here are 11 things we learned from the second part of the show.
The Duchess spoke with Harry’s grandmother about her first royal engagement. Queen Elizabeth IIjust after the couple’s wedding.
“It was great,” she said, explaining how the Queen had blankets wrapped around her knees on the road trip.
After getting so close to her own grandmother, Meghan was happy to have her grandmother’s figure.
“I treated her as my husband’s grandma,” she said. “We laughed.”
The couple said their popularity caused problems within the royal family and their tour of Australia was described in the documentary as a turning point.
Harry said Meghan’s popularity in particular caused problems at the palace, recalling her similarities to her mother, Princess Diana, who married into the royal family and was loved by the public.
“The problem is when a married person who should be a supporting character is in the spotlight or does the job better than someone who was born to do this job. It upsets people. It’s a balance. change,” said Harry.
The couple recalled that media coverage began to turn negative, with Meghan becoming increasingly associated with racist rhetoric such as drugs, crime and terrorism.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, detailed how her daughter told her she considered taking her own life after being constantly “made fun of by these vultures” in the media.
“You’d think she wouldn’t actually want to be here…that’s not an easy thing for a mother to hear,” Ragland said.
Harry said, “I never thought it would reach that stage,” which made him feel “angry and embarrassed.”
Meghan said she wanted to ask for help but was turned down over concerns it could affect the image of the facility.
The duchess later spoke about her struggles in an official royal documentary and thanked journalists who asked how she was feeling. rice field.
The couple recalled how their desire for privacy before and after the birth of their first child caused a great deal of backlash.
“The amount of abuse we received … was unbelievable for not wanting to put a child on a silver platter,” said Harry.
Developing stories that the couple were selfish for not having a traditional photo shoot shortly after the royal baby was born, Harry posted a social media post of the couple walking on either side of a chimpanzee with the caption. I remember seeing he will leave the hospital ”
The Duchess said she did everything she could to make the royal family “proud”, but at one point “the bubble burst” and she was inundated with negative media coverage.
“I realized that I wasn’t just being thrown by wolves, I was being fed by them,” she said.
Harry said he believes the press understands that the palace is not going to protect Meghan, and that if that happens, “the floodgates will open.”
The documentary focuses primarily on Meghan Markle and how the hate campaign against the couple was constructed on social media.
“The seriousness of what happened to her and… what happened to us and what continues to happen to her needs to be acknowledged,” Harry said.
Meghan recalls how the family’s security team has protocols for when tweets like “Meghan just needs to die” are found online.
“It’s like something that’s actually out in the world because people created hate. And I’m a mom,” she said. “That’s my real life.”
“And it’s a piece where you look at it and you’re like, ‘You’re making people want to kill me,'” added the Duchess. No. You’re scaring me. Right?”
Harry recalled how he traveled to Sandringham at the Royal Palace for a meeting to discuss the couple’s future roles in the family.
“It was terrifying for my brother to yell and yell at me. My dad would say things that weren’t true and my grandmother would just sit there quietly and take it all in,” Harry said. .
And the relationship between the two brothers continued to deteriorate.
“The saddest part is that this wedge has formed between me and my brother and he’s now on the side of the institution,” said Harry.
Harry spoke about a joint statement issued in January 2020. In it, the brothers denied a newspaper article that claimed the royal rift was caused by William’s “bullying attitude.”
In this Netflix episode, Harry claims he was unaware of the remark. “No one asked me for permission to put my name on such a statement,” he said.
“They were willing to lie to protect my brother, but for three years they were unwilling to tell the truth to protect us,” he added.
harry blamed the media Because I put too much stress on my wife.
Meghan opens up about how she had a miscarriage in July 2020 after moving to Santa Barbara, California, and how British newspaper The Mail on Sunday published a personal letter to her father, Thomas Markle. I remembered how stressed I was about what I did.
“I was pregnant.
“I think my wife had a miscarriage because of what the email did,” Harry added. “I have seen everything.”
“Well, do we know for sure that it caused a miscarriage? Of course not. How many weeks ago, from what I’ve seen, I would say the miscarriage was caused by something they were trying to do to her,” he added.
CNN has reached out to The Mail On Sunday and its publisher Associated Newspapers Limited for comment.
It took six weeks for reporters to learn that the couple had moved into the home of Hollywood director and screenwriter Tyler Perry, and Harry finally released the location of their new home.
He also recalled steps taken to prevent paparazzi from taking pictures of the couple.
“These big poles are basically like fences to keep paparazzi from taking pictures from 3,400 meters away,” said Harry. “And this is silly and silly, but you have to laugh about it because it’s insane.”
Perry then claims that the fence around the property was cut, people were sneaking in, and there was a “24/7” helicopter.
Harry talks about returning home for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.
Harry says neither he nor his family wanted to discuss the situation around Harry and Meghan that day, but he did discuss it with his father and brother. I was focused,” he said.
“I had to come to terms with the fact that I probably wouldn’t get any real accountability or a real apology,” said Harry.
Harry reminds viewers that Archie spent only the first five months of his life in the UK before the family moved to California, and that his daughter Lilibet was born in the US.
“This is his house, this is Lily’s house, and this is our house,” Harry said, adding that family life in America is very different. Now I can do that with my kids.”
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