The last 3 episodes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix documentary series premiere on Thursday.
The criticism of the series aimed at the British royals just as King Charles and his family assemble for a Christmas carol service. In the first batch of episodes, which were aired last week, Harry and Meghan launched new accusations on the media for their treatment, some of which they said was racist, but the royals emerged relatively undamaged.
In the first batch of episodes, which were aired last week, Harry and Meghan launched new accusations on the media for their treatment, some of which they said was racist, but the royals emerged relatively undamaged. However, trailers for the final programmes offer some more severe criticism on the Windsors, with Harry referring to “institutional gaslighting” and stating unnamed people were “glad to lie to protect my brother,” Prince William, who is now heir to the throne.
“They were never willing to speak the truth in order to protect us,” Harry claims. Another teaser showed Meghan’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, and a friend discussing how Buckingham Palace had informed the press on unfavourable articles about the pair in order to stop negative stories about other royals being written.
“There was a genuine type of fight going on against Meghan,” Afia explained. Meanwhile, the documentary series has been dubbed the couple’s “war on the royals” by the press. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as Harry and Meghan are formally called, announced their retirement from royal responsibilities in March 2020, claiming they wanted to start new lives in the United States away from media persecution, which they said threatened their mental health.
“I wonder what would have happened to us if we hadn’t gotten away at the right time,” Harry says in a clip. “I said ‘we need to get out of here’,” he says, characterising their evacuation as the “freedom flight”.
According to preliminary estimates reported by the BBC, around 2.4 million people in the United Kingdom watched the first episode on the day it was published, despite the fact that senior royals themselves have stayed away, royal insiders have told media. Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince William and his wife Kate, and other royals will attend a carol ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey to “recognise the selfless efforts of individuals, families, and communities throughout the UK” hours after the last three episodes are made accessible at 8 a.m.