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‘Harry & Meghan’ Netflix docuseries opens old wounds

AFP . London
07 Dec 2022 00:03:44 | Update: 07 Dec 2022 00:03:44
‘Harry & Meghan’ Netflix docuseries opens old wounds

Britain’s royals are braced for Netflix’s six-part docuseries on Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, after the first extracts reignited a simmering row with his brother William.

Thursday’s fly-on-the-wall documentary follows Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, as their strained relationship with his family unravelled. It is billed as the couple lifting the lid on what happens “behind closed doors” but risks damaging both the royal family and the couple themselves.

A recent British poll suggested the couple are now the least popular senior royals apart from the disgraced Prince Andrew. Harry and his brother William, 40, were once close and bonded through their shared grief over the death of their mother Princess Diana.

But they have been at loggerheads since Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, quit royal life and moved to California in 2020. The couple’s complaints about the strictures of royal life -- and even racism in the family -- have made headlines around the world.

One trailer for the programme entitled “Harry & Meghan” shows Meghan looking distressed as Harry throws his head back in apparent despair. “I had to do everything I could to protect my family,” Harry is heard saying.

“No one sees what goes on behind closed doors,” he adds. In the second, released Monday, a lawyer for Meghan, Jenny Afia, claims that during her time in Britain “there was a war against Meghan to suit other people’s agendas”.

Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while trying to shake off paparazzi photographers.

“I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself,” says Harry in the latest trailer, referring to the hounding of his mother.

“I realised they (Buckingham Palace) are never going to protect you,” adds Meghan, speaking over a clip showing her looking over her shoulder as if fearing she is being followed. Buckingham Palace refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

British media has been critical of the timing of the first trailer.

Several said it was a blatant attempt to upstage heir to the throne William as he visited the United States and effectively amounted to a “declaration of war”.