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– all the key moments and the 11 things we’ve learnt
Sussexes take swipes at Prince William, the King and the tabloid press in first three episodes of their new show

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The anticipation for the documentary reached fever pitch this week, and at 8am on Thursday, the first three episodes were aired.

Here are the key moments.

Prince Harry takes swipe at William and Charles
The Duke of Sussex appeared to take a swipe at his brother the Prince of Wales and his father, King Charles, in the first three episodes of his Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan.

Prince Harry said of men in the Royal family – “the temptation is to marry someone who fits the mould”, in what appeared to be a jab at his brother.

The Duke of Sussex said: “I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who perhaps you are destined to be with.

“The difference between making decisions with your head or heart – my mum certainly made most of her decisions, if not all of them, from her heart – and I am my mother’s son.”

He also aimed a dig at his father, King Charles, as he said he and the Duchess of Sussex were keen “not to make the same mistakes our parents did” while bringing up their children.

The Duke of Sussex also claimed that negative headlines about members of the Royal family were seen as a “rite of passage”, and said: “And some of the members of the family were like, ‘Right well my wife had to go through that so why

should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should she get special treatment? Why should she be protected?’.

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“I said, the difference here is the race element.”

The Duke of Sussex has said his wife being an American actress “clouded” his family’s view of her, and said: “I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed, some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves.

“Because I think they were surprised. They were surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.

“But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning, ‘oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’.”
They also discussed Meghan meeting the Prince and Princess of Wales for the first time, and the Duchess of Sussex said: “When Will and Kate came over, and I met her for the first time, they came over for dinner, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot.

“I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits. I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.

“There is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door and go ‘You can relax now’, but that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.”

Meghan says joining the Royal family is not like the film The Princess Diaries, because unlike the movie, in which Julie Andrews teaches Anne Hathaway how to be a princess, there are no lessons in deportment.

“I needed to learn a lot, including the National Anthem,” she says. Asked how she did learn the National Anthem, she replies: “I Googled it.”

Her lack of apparent knowledge of how the Royal family worked was made evident when the couple described Meghan meeting the Queen for the first time.

Harry said: “My grandmother was the first senior member of the family that Meghan met. She had no idea what it all consisted of so it was a bit of a shock to the system for her.”

Meghan said: “There wasn’t like some big moment of ‘Now you’re going to meet my grandmother’. I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before.

“We were in the car and we were going to Royal Lodge for lunch, and he’s like ‘Oh, my grandmother’s here, we’re going to meet her after church.’ And I remember we were in the car driving up and he’s like ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke.”

Harry said: “How do you explain that to people? How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother? And that you will need to curtsy. Especially to an American. That’s weird.”

Meghan added: “Now I’m starting to realise ‘This is a big deal’. I mean, Americans will understand this… We have medieval times, dinner and tournament. It was like that.”

She also said that when she joined the Royal family she wore muted tones of white, beige and camel so she would not stand out.

Race and the royals
Episode three majors heavily on Britain’s colonial past as it delves into the issue of Meghan’s race.

Historian David Olusoga talks about the scale of the British Empire in Victorian times but says the question is “who has paid the cost in all of this?” and fellow historian Afua Hirsch, who is described on screen as Brit(ish) tells viewers that Britain had a “deep south” that enslaved more Africans than America did.

She went on to tell viewers that “the first British slave expedition was personally financed by Queen Elizabeth I and it continued to be financed by kings and queens right up until its abolition”.

The slave trade was abolished in 1807 but Olusoga says children are not taught about the reparations paid to slave owners, which is “another way that the slave trade has been airbrushed out of Britain’s story”.

Harry said he realised after talking to Meghan about race that he was “blissfully sleepwalking through life”.

He said: “By the time I met Meghan, I think I had travelled half of the Commonwealth.

“Through that I thought I knew. I thought I had an awareness to issues, ways of living, unconscious bias.. all of it.

“But hearing her talk… sitting down having conversations and chats I was just like… well here you are just blissfully sleepwalking through life.

“My son, my daughter, my children, are mixed race and I’m really proud of that.

“When my kids grow up and they look back at this moment and they turn to me and say what did you do in this moment? I want to be able to give them an answer.”
Meghan said race only became a factor when she moved to the UK – before then she was never treated as a black woman.

“She was just silent the rest of the drive home, we never talked about it,” the Duchess of Sussex said.

“I’d never in my life heard someone say the n-word. It’s very different to be a minority but not be treated as a minority right off the bar.

“Obviously now, people are very aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK. But before that, most people didn’t treat me like a black women so that talk didn’t have to happen for me.”

Her mother Doria Ragland, speaking publicly for the first time since her daughter split from the Royal family, added to camera: “As a parent, in hindsight absolutely I would like to go back and have that real conversation about how the world sees you.

“I said to her – I remember this very clearly – that this is about race. Meg said, ‘Mommy, I don’t wanna hear that’.

“I said, ‘You may not want to hear it but this is what’s coming down the pike’.”

Harry and the Nazi uniform
The Duke of Sussex said he felt “so ashamed” after wearing a Nazi uniform to a private party, calling it “one of the biggest mistakes” of his life.

Harry caused outrage in 2005 when he donned the soldier’s uniform complete with swastika for a fancy dress party.

The Duke addressed the incident during the third episode of Harry & Meghan, the explosive docuseries which aired on Netflix on Thursday morning.

Harry said: “It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life.

“I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right.”

He added: “I could’ve just ignored it and probably made the same mistakes over and over again in my life.

“But I learned from that.”

Harry, who was 20 at the time, was pictured holding a drink and cigarette, while wearing the costume.

Clarence House issued a response saying Harry had apologised for any offence or embarrassment caused.

Harry was widely condemned in 2009 after being caught on film calling a former Army colleague “our little P–i friend”.

The Duke’s latest comments on the incident came as he discussed unconscious bias within the royal family.

The third episode referenced when Princess Michael of Kent wore a Blackamoor-style brooch to an event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017.

Harry said: “In this family, sometimes you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. There is a huge level of unconscious bias.

“The thing with unconscious bias, it is actually no one’s fault. But once it has been pointed out, or identified within yourself you then need to make it right.

“It is education. It is awareness. It is a constant work in progress for everybody, including me.”

Prince Harry defends Panorama interview
Prince Harry appears to be at odds with his brother the Prince of Wales when he discusses their mother Princess Diana’s 1995 BBC Panorama interview.

Prince William has said the interview should never be shown again, after it emerged that journalist Martin Bashir had used subterfuge to obtain it, but clips from it are shown in Harry & Meghan.

William has said that what his mother told Bashir was “substantially influenced” by Bashir’s deceit after he faked bank statements to fuel her paranoia.

Prince Harry, however, tells Netflix that “she spoke the truth about her experience”.

The Panorama interview is dramatised in the latest series of The Crown, which is also made by Netflix.

Couple decided to film themselves on mobiles during split from Royal family
In the first episode of Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex said a friend told them they should document this particular period of their lives.

He said: “A friend of ours actually suggested that we document ourselves through this period of time.

“With all of the misinformation that was going on out there, especially about us and the departure, it seemed like a really sensible idea.”

Meghan is then seen speaking into her phone camera and seems to ask if this is the first video she has filmed, saying: “I don’t know. We’ve talked about it. We keep talking about it, because we know that, right now it might not make sense, but one day it will make sense.”

In interview footage, she says: “We’ve been really conscious of protecting our kids as best as we can and also understanding the role that they play in this really historical family.”

In the opening of the first episode, Harry says: “So like duty and service and I feel as though being part of this family it is my duty to uncover this exploitation and bribery that happens within our media.”

Meghan says: “Unfortunately, in us standing for something, they are destroying us.”

As the piano music continues to play, Harry says: “This isn’t just about our story. This has always been so much bigger than us.

“No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth. The institution knows the full truth. And the media know the full truth because they’ve been in on it.

“And I think anybody else in my situation would have done exactly the same thing.”

Meghan appears with a towel wrapped around her hair, appearing to speak into her phone camera, saying: “H is in London and I’m here.”

meghan
She shakes her head and says: “I don’t even know where to begin.”

Footage of the couple introducing son Archie to the media then plays with Harry’s voice saying: “My job is to keep my family safe. By the nature of being born into this position and with everything else that comes with it and the level of hate that is being stirred up in the last three years especially against my wife, and my son, I’m generally concerned for the safety of my family.”

Meghan can then be seen again, towel wrapped around her hair, saying: “I just really want to get to the other side of all of this.”

There is a pause where she sits silently and then she appears emotional and says: “I don’t know what to say anymore.”

Prince Harry vs the paparazzi
Prince Harry on the social media harassment vs paparazzi: “Back in my mum’s day it was physical harassment, cameras in your face, following you, chasing you.

“Paparazzi still harass people but the harassment really exists more online now

“To see another woman in my life go through this feeding frenzy.. That’s hard. It is really the hunter vs the prey.”

Harry takes aim at journalists in episode three, explaining to Mandana Dayani, who is described as a “friend”, that British newspapers give journalists who report on the Royal family the title of royal correspondent to give “legitimacy” to what they write. “And they get paid for it!” he exclaimed.
He claims the royal press pack is “an extended PR arm of the Royal family,” implying that royal correspondents only ever write positive stories about the royals.

He then contradicted himself by saying that the British press believes “this family is ours to exploit. Their trauma is our story”.

Episode two of Harry & Meghan looked at some of the headlines in the UK tabloid press ahead of Kensington Palace’s statement on the media’s treatment of the Duchess of Sussex.

They included “Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton”.

Meghan said: “Firstly, I’m not from Compton, I’ve never lived in Compton, so it’s factually incorrect. But why do you have to make a dig at Compton?”

Other headlines shown in the Netflix documentary are “One’s gone GangstER”, and another saying Meghan’s ancestors were a “tailor, a teacher and a cleaner in racially divided Jim Crow South”.

The Duke of Sussex said: “Eight days after the relationship became public I put out a statement calling out the racist undertones of articles and headlines that were written by the British press as well as outright racism from those articles across social media.”

In episode three the Duchess of Sussex reflected on the time leading up to their wedding in May 2018, claiming “salacious” stories were “planted” by the press.

She said: “We were playing whack-a-mole. Every day it was like ‘Wait, another one popped up – wait, stop, another story’. Constant. They were going through the woodwork and pulling out people to create and plant the most salacious stories that they could. Then it started to get scary.”

The Markles
Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, speaks publicly for the first time in the second episode of the documentary.

“My name is Doria and I’m Meghan’s mum. The last five years have been challenging,” she says.

“I’m ready to have my voice heard. A little bit of experience as her mum.”

She recalls meeting Prince Harry for the first time, his nice manners and how happy they were.

Speaking about the press coverage of Meghan’s background during the second episode of Harry & Meghan, her mother Doria Ragland said paparazzi would take pictures of deprived neighbourhoods in Los Angeles.

Ms Ragland told the Netflix documentary: “They would take pictures of different parts of say Skid Row and say that is where I lived and that is where she was from.”

“It was horrible,” Meghan said.

“But I continued to hold the line. Say nothing.”

Meghan claims the UK media “wanted my Mom’s side of my family to be the one that all of this drama could be stirred up with”.

She said her mother was “classy” but her father’s side were “acting differently”.

She says of her half sister Samantha: “I don’t know your middle name, I don’t know your birthday. You’re telling people that you raised me?”

She said the last time she saw her, Meghan was in her early 20s.

The Duchess of Sussex mentions her estranged father, former lighting director Thomas Markle, as she describes how she would sometimes go onto the set of the sitcom Married with Children after school.

He is pictured on screen.

In episode three, the Duke of Sussex admitted he “shouldered” the breakdown of Meghan’s relationship with her father, Thomas Markle.

Thomas and Meghan Markle
Thomas and Meghan Markle CREDIT: Duke and Duchess of Sussex/Netflix
The pair have been estranged since he was caught staging paparazzi photographs ahead of her wedding.

Harry said: “Of course it is incredibly sad what happened.

“She had a father before this and now she doesn’t have a father.

“And I shouldered that because if Meg wasn’t with me, then her dad would still be her dad.”

Documentary filmed before Queen’s death
In the opening scenes, Harry is shown at Heathrow airport in footage he filmed himself in March 2020 at the culmination of the Megxit crisis and as he prepared to leave the UK for the last time as a senior royal.

“This is about duty and service and I feel as though, being part of this family, it is my duty to uncover this exploitation and bribery that happens within our media,” he says.

Meghan is seen separately, filming herself in Vancouver wearing a towel on her head and saying: “Unfortunately, in us standing for something, they are destroying us.”

The series began with a written statement on a black background saying it is a “first hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive”.

It said all interviews were finished in August 2022 and “members of the Royal family declined to comment on the content within this series”.

Harry says: “We’ve just finished two weeks, our final push, our last stint of royal engagements.

“It’s really hard to look back on it now and go, ‘What on Earth happened?”‘

He adds: “This isn’t just about our story. This has always been so much bigger than us.

“No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth. The institution knows the full truth. And the media know the full truth because they’ve been in on it.

“And I think anybody else in my situation would have done exactly the same thing.”

Meanwhile, Meghan is seen saying: “I just really want to get to the other side of all of this.”

There is a silent pause before she appears emotional and says: “I don’t know what to say anymore.”

Meghan – the new duchess
Episode three begins with the interview by the BBC’s Mishal Husain when the couple got engaged in 2017. Meghan tells the documentary it was an “orchestrated reality show”.

In the BBC interview Meghan said the Royal family had been “so welcoming” but Meghan now says: “We weren’t allowed to tell our story because they didn’t want…”

The news broke whilst the presenter was on duty for Radio 4’s Today programme, and the claim was put to her.

Mishal Husain said: “We know recollections may vary on this particular subject but my recollection is definitely very much, asked to do an interview, and do said interview.”

Later in that episode, Meghan said she had no idea what a royal walkabout was, and Harry says he had no idea about how a female royal should dress for one.

He says that before the couple’s first official walkabout in Nottingham the zip on Meghan’s dress broke and they were scrambling around for a safety pin.

“I mean the whole thing was just ridiculous,” he tells viewers, though Meghan does not mention the fact that as an actress she was a veteran of dressing for red carpets moments and public appearances.

The Duke of Sussex said in the third episode of his tell-all Netflix documentary series that he believes the media see his “trauma” as their story to “control”.

Harry addressed the royal rota, which is a system where media are allocated slots to cover the members of the family.

He said: “If you’re part of the royal rota, you have priority over the story over everybody else.

“All royal news goes through the filter of all newspapers within the royal rota, most of which, apart from the Telegraph, happen to be tabloids.

“It all comes down to control, it’s like ‘This family is ours to exploit. Their trauma is our story and our story and our narrative to control’.”

The Duchess of Sussex said she found the “formality” of being in the royal family “surprising”.

Speaking in episode two of the six-part Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries, she said: “When Will and Kate came over, and I met her for the first time, they came over for dinner, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot.

“I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.

“I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.

“There is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door and go ‘You can relax now’, but that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.”

The love story
Harry and Meghan met on Instagram, the couple said.

The duchess recalled: “I was really intent on being single and just have fun girl-time. I had a career. I had my life. I had my path… and then came H. I mean, he literally, talk about a plot twist,” she said.

Harry said he was scrolling through his social media feed when he saw a video of Meghan on a woman’s account that he followed.

Meghan said the friend then sent her an email, the words of which are typed out on the screen, saying: “Between you and I thought you might want to know this being newly single and all. I put our Snapchat on Instagram and Prince Haz follows me (he’s a friend) he called me last night dying to meet you. hehehe. I might just have to set you up” (sic).

The Duchess’s reply, which was typed out on the screen, read: “Who is prince haz?????” before asking to see his social media feed.

In the episode, Meghan said: “That’s the thing. People say ‘did you Google him?’ No. That’s your homework… you’re like ‘let me see what they’re about in their feed’, not what someone else says about them, but what they are putting out about themselves.

“That, to me, was the best barometer. So I went through and it was just like beautiful photography and all these environmental shots and this time he was spending in Africa.”

Harry said they then got each others numbers, adding: “We were just constantly in touch.”

The couple’s first date lasted an hour and they had a “great chat”, viewers of the first Netflix episode will learn.

Meghan said: “I called him that evening and I was like ‘I’m leaving the day after tomorrow, do you want to grab dinner tomorrow night?’

“And I’m sure he thought it was so forward and American. I’m sure he told me it was so forward and American.”

They had dinner at the same place as they had their first date.

A picture is shown of Meghan nuzzling into Harry as Meghan tells the documentary: “There was one photo. We just wanted to capture the feeling of just sitting in that little restaurant and going ‘Oh my gosh. We were going to give it a go’.”

Harry said: “That was when it just hit me. I was like, OK, this girl, this woman, is amazing, is everything that I’ve been looking for.

“And she’s so comfortable and so relaxed in my company.”

Meghan said: “He had a list apparently of what he was looking for.”

She said it was an “extensive” list, and Harry said: “Let’s not go there.”

The first episode of the Netflix series shows a barefooted Harry pushing Archie across the floor as he sits on a wheeled suitcase.

It cuts to Harry saying: “As a dad, and as parents, I think consent is a really key piece to this.

“That if you have children it should be your consent as to what you share.”

Harry and Archie
Harry and Archie CREDIT: Duke and Duchess of Sussex/Netflix
It shows footage, filmed by Meghan, of her in a garden saying: “Both the babies are down. Nice calm night. Just picking some roses.”

In an interview filmed for the documentary, Meghan says: “The past six years of my life, books are written about our story from people who I don’t know.

“Doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

Archie: ‘I’ve got a dirty foot mama because I was with you’
The first episode of the Harry & Meghan documentary shows footage of Montecito, California, in 2021, including a striking red sky.

The Duchess of Sussex can be heard saying: “Look at that. How would you describe it, Archie?”

And Archie, in an American accent, can be heard saying the word “beautiful”, and Meghan replies: “It’s so beautiful.”

Phone footage filmed by the duchess shows the family out walking, with Archie running along in front and the Duke of Sussex pushing a pram.

Harry says: “This is a great love story. And the craziest thing is that I think this love story is only just getting started.

“She sacrificed everything that she ever knew, the freedom that she had, to join me in my world, and then pretty soon after that I end up sacrificing everything that I know to join her in her world.”

They are walking with the dog, looking at hummingbirds.

Harry laughs as Archie says: “I’ve got a dirty foot mama because I was with you.”

Meghan giggles as she says: “Papa is a bird watcher so this is a big moment for him.”

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