Royal docuseries on Netflix: Harry and Meghan

By Anila M. Vivek

The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world and the entire royal family when they announced their decision to “step back as “senior” members” of the British royal family and become financially independent in January 2020. The unprecedented announcement on Instagram caught the royals, including Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, unawares.

Soon the couple were stripped of their title, “Royal Highness.” Harry and Meghan decided to split their time between Meghan’s home country, the USA, and Great Britain. This led to a lot of media speculation over the reasons for such a move, and Meghan was blamed for creating a rift within the family.

 A docuseries has now been released on Netflix about the former royal couple’s life so far. On Thursday, selections from personal archives were made available in the first three hourlong episodes of “Harry and Meghan,” a six-part documentary series. The final three episodes are due to debut on the streaming service on December 15.

Harry and Meghan are set to reveal details of their courtship, marriage, life as royalty, and finally, their acrimonious exit.

Earlier, the couple had sent shockwaves when Meghan first revealed about the racism she faced from within the royal family, in ana interview with Oprah Winfrey. So far, the series has not pointed fingers at the royal family. The couple blames the media for their relentless persecution of Meghan as well as covert and overt racism. Harry has compared his wife’s plight to that of his mother, the People’s Princess, who finally met with an accident while escaping the paparazzi.

Old footage of Princess Diana’s pleading with photographers to leave her boys alone during a ski vacation is shown. In an eerie similarity, there is a video of Harry and Meghan being driven through Manhattan, with the paparazzi pursuing them as they once pursued the Princess of Wales.

The Royal Family has declined to comment, while dire predictions about Harry and Meghan being completely cut off from royalty are also doing the rounds. 

It is rumoured that Prince William is “utterly furious” at the claims of poor treatment by his brother and sister-in-law and for using clips of their mother’s controversial Panorama interview. 

In the £100 million docuseries, Harry goes on to say that the entire royal family had an “unconscious bias,”  admitting his own attitudes were a “constant work in progress.” He also admitted his shame at wearing a fancy dress Nazi costume when he was 20, saying it was “one of the biggest mistakes of my life.”

Catch the docuseries on Netflix today.

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