IN the Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, Prince Harry recalls being yelled at and yelled at by his brother William, the Prince of Wales, during a family reunion.
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Prince Harry has described the horror of being yelled at by his brother Prince William during a summit to discuss his and his wife Meghan’s royal roles in a new Netflix documentary.
In the second episode of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan documentary, which released Thursday, Harry said his father, King Charles, had said things during a summit that ultimately led to that that were “just not true.” while the late Queen Elizabeth remained silent The Sussexes’ departure from the British royal family.
“It was terrifying having my brother yelling and yelling at me and my dad saying things that just weren’t true and my grandmother sitting still and taking it all in,” Harry says in episode five.
Netflix on Thursday dropped three more episodes in the six-part series, which it describes as an “unprecedented and profound” documentary.
They follow the release of three first episodes last week in which Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, took a stand against what they described as “exploitation and bribery” of the British press.
You need to understand that from the perspective of the family, and especially from their perspective, there are ways to do things.
The streaming platform said on Tuesday that the series had become its biggest documentary debut to date, garnering 81.55 million viewing hours worldwide within the first four days of release.
It also appeared in the streamer’s top 10 TV list in 85 countries and took first place in the UK
The first episode acted as a love letter to the couple’s high-profile relationship and revealed new details of its first introduction in 2016, but it was notable for both what it excluded and what it contained.
However, the second episode has proved more explosive with seeming revelations about the events leading up to the couple’s ultimate decision to step down from the royal family in 2020.
A disclaimer at the beginning of the first episode states that members of the royal family “have declined to comment on the content of this series”. However, a senior royal source confirmed to NBC News that neither Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace nor any member of the royal family knows of such an approach to commenting on the series’ content.
“There are ways to do things”
Episode five recalls how the late Queen called “an urgent meeting of senior royals at Sandringham to discuss a new role for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” in January 2020.
Known as the Sandringham Summit, it included Harry along with the then Queen, Charles and William.
“You have to understand that from the perspective of the family, and especially from their perspective, there are ways to do things,” says Harry, referring to the Queen. “And their ultimate type of mission, goal, or responsibility is the institution.”
The Netflix series about Prince Harry and Meghan is the streaming giant’s biggest documentary debut to date.
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Harry also noted in the episode that he had been considering moving abroad for several years and had emailed his father telling him the couple would relinquish their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex if moving abroad would not work.
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have yet to publicly respond to the series, nor have they immediately responded to CNBC’s request for comment on the claims.
To be fed to the wolves
The rest of the series follows in a similar vein to the first part, with the pair making claims of Meghan’s rejection by the royal family and intrusion by the British press.
Meghan says she was told the royal establishment viewed her as an “alien organism”.
“It’s like this fish swimming perfectly, and then one day this alien organism comes in, and then the whole thing is like, ‘What is this? What is he doing here? He doesn’t look like us, he doesn’t move like us, we don’t like it, put it off us,” Meghan recalled, as her private secretary told her in episode four.
“She just explained that they’ll soon see that with this organism as part of it, it’s stronger, faster and even better,” she continues.
Elsewhere, Meghan describes being “fed to the wolves” in the tabloid news media after she didn’t fit into the family.
I realized that I wasn’t just being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves.
The couple have long claimed Meghan has been mistreated by the British media, including because of her race – claims the media have denied.
“I realized that I wasn’t just being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed,” she says.
“It was already clear to the media that the palace would not protect them. Once that happens, the floodgates open,” adds Harry.
Episode four also includes additional commentary from Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who recalls her daughter considering taking her own life due to the media reaction.
“I remember she told me that she wanted to take her own life,” she says.
“I knew it was bad, but to be constantly attacked by these vultures – just picking at her mind – that she would actually think about not wanting to be here… that’s not easy for a mother to hear,” she adds added.
Harry & Meghan, directed by Oscar nominee Liz Garbus, is one of a series of shows the Sussexes are producing as part of a commercial deal with Netflix as they carve out a new life away from the royal family.
Her production house, Archewell Productions, is slated to launch another Netflix series, Heart of Invictus, in 2023.