Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan’ Docuseries Will Drop In Two Parts — Watch The Trailer
"When the stakes are this high, doesn't it make more sense to hear our story from us?" Meghan prompts in the trailer.
This story was originally published on Dec. 1, 2022 and has been updated as new developments regarding the docuseries’s release date and trailer unfold.
The British monarchy works hard, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry work harder. Nearly two years after their transatlantic move and explosive exit from royal life, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the subject of a new six-episode docuseries coming to Netflix this December.
Titled Harry & Meghan, volume one (episodes one through three) of the enthralling series will drop Thursday, Dec. 8; volume two (episodes four through six) will become available to stream on Thursday, Dec. 15. The premiere is conveniently timed with the release of Harry’s hotly-anticipated memoir, Spare, which hits bookstores in January.
Unlike the plethora of he-said, she-said documentaries we’ve been bombarded with in the last two years, Harry & Meghan will feature individual and combined interviews from both Harry and Meghan. This is their story in their own words.
According to Netflix, Harry & Meghan showcases the “unprecedented” journey of the couple’s high-profile relationship. Fans will get an intimate look at how their love story unfolded over the years, including the trials and tribulations that lead them to step down from their role as senior members of the royal family.
The streamer also teased that viewers will hear from close family and friends, who’ve previously stayed mum about the pair’s romance and grueling relationship with the Commonwealth. In addition, episodes will be peppered with professional insight from historians and journalists regarding the media’s portrayal and influence over the couple’s public image.
A teaser for the series depicts a collection of photos from the couple’s courtship and wedding reception followed by outtakes of their time as working royals, including a still of Meghan teary-eyed at Commonwealth Day in 2020.
When asked why they felt compelled to make the docuseries, Harry speaks to the camera,”No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors. I had to do everything I could to protect my family.” A verse fans have heard Harry repeat again and again over the last year.
Meghan follows her husband’s answer with, “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”
Though she has a point, some claim Meghan’s argument to be illegitimate following the series’s newest trailer, which allegedly uses illicit press photos.
The 90-second clip features flashbacks of Harry and Meghan together as well as Princess Diana, whom Meghan has often been compared to when it comes to matters with the press. In the trailer, Harry refers to it as a “feeding frenzy.”
There’s no denying that the tabloids had it out for Meghan, and for that matter, Harry, too. Albeit, insiders are now pointing out that some of the press photos shown in the trailer were taken long before Harry and Meghan were a couple.
One photo in particular shows a very large crowd of paparazzi who are reportedly waiting to snap a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. However, Royal expert Ingrid Seward told The Sun that the photo is actually from the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two premiere in June 2011.
“I don’t imagine Harry would have realised, but Netflix have been careless here as it weakens Harry’s comment about protecting his family. This fake picture weakens his point,” he told the outlet.
According to Page Six, others including British royal correspondent Robert Jobson have come forward accusing the couple and Netflix of “suggest[ing] intrusion by the press.” Jobson claims that photos used to suggest a breach of privacy were actually taken by accredited photographs whom Harry and Meghan agreed to.
Harry & Meghan will begin streaming on Netflix on Dec. 8 — just one month after The Crown dropped its fifth season. Between the documentary and Harry’s memoir, our content plates are looking mighty full going into 2023.