The highly anticipated docuseries from Netflix Harry & Megan begins with a scene that hints at his extraordinary approach. After a title card said the British royal family chose not to comment on the project, it’s part of a reported $100 million deal Prince Harry and woman Megan Markle Struck by Netflix six months after retiring as working royals, Harry appears in a self-recorded cell phone confessional. Huddled in the Windsor Suite at London’s Heathrow Airport in March 2020, the same month the couple moved to Los Angeles, Harry reveals, “We’ve just wrapped up our fortnight, our final foray, our final period of royal engagements.”
Those engagements included a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, at which the couple made a somewhat tense entrance alongside him Prince William and Kate Middleton amid rumors of sibling fallout and more behind-the-scenes drama. At the time, a friend of the couple told the press that the sour trip back to London “was confirmation that they made the right decision to split up. There’s no warmth between family members.” Harry reflects on the Netflix tell-all: “It’s really hard to look back on it now and say what on earth happened? How did we end up here?”
The docuseries cuts to another self-taped cell phone confessional, this time featuring a freshly showered Meghan, wet hair wrapped in a towel, similarly stunned at the turn of events. “H. is in London, and I’m here,” she says, addressing her husband by his pet name. “I don’t know where to begin.” In another confessional, filmed in a black bathrobe, Meghan says : “We keep talking about it because now we know it might not make sense, but one day it will.” Meghan later explains why she and Harry agreed to these explosive documentaries during a more polished interview, which appears to have been in her Villa in Montecito.”For the last six years of my life, books have been written about our history by people I don’t know. Doesn’t it make more sense to hear our history from us?” consent is a really key element of that. If you have children, your consent should be what you share.”
Before the documentaries dive further into this exclusive, expansive (and expensive) access – a sea of Harry and Meghan’s never-before-shared stories about their courtship and family relationships, complete with SMS replicas, intimate photos, home videos and critiques of the monarchy – Harry explains , why he and his wife took it upon themselves to record themselves during this unprecedented period of transition.
“A friend of ours actually suggested that we document each other during this time. With all the misinformation out there, especially about us and the departure, it seemed like a really sensible idea,” says Harry, a statement preloaded in the six-part series to seemingly protect the pair from criticism they sell out family for cash. Meghan says all of this sharing isn’t exactly comfortable – “but when you feel like people haven’t gotten a sense of who you are for so long, it’s really nice to just have the opportunity to say something to people give more of an insight into what happened and who we are.”
The documentaries by the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and What happened Miss Simone?), includes a fantasy of exclusive Meghan and Harry footage. Among the juicier highlights from Harry and Meghan’s personal archives:
- Photos and audio from the couple’s engagement night, when Harry proposed on a blanket covered in white roses, electric candles and Meghan’s beagle guy. One photo shows Harry kneeling next to Guy, while a selfie shows Meghan and Harry smiling for the camera. There’s also audio of a phone call Meghan excitedly had with her friend Jess and squeaked, “It’s happening!”
- A grainy selfie from the couple’s second date and a series of photos from the couple’s five-day camping trip in Botswana, which was actually their third date. “We needed to get to know each other before the rest of the media got involved,” says Harry, revealing that Meghan “was everything I was looking for. She feels so comfortable, so relaxed in my company.”
- Screengrabs of their dizzying FaceTime calls (which reveal Harry was saved as “Haz” on Meghan’s phone) and never-before-seen text exchanges.
- Photo and video of Meghan and Harry’s eldest child Archie, who adorably complains about his dirty feet in one clip and reads with Harry in another. In another snap, Meghan holds one of the couple’s children as a baby and stands in front of a framed portrait of Princess Diana. “Who is he?” asks Meghan while the baby reaches for the photo. “This is your grandma Diana.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/12/netflix-prince-harry-meghan-markle-documentary Never-before-seen footage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Harry & Meghan on Netflix