“When the stakes are high, wouldn’t it make more sense to hear the story from us?” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, said in a trailer released Thursday for a Netflix documentary series about Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife.
The first trailer from the long-awaited documentary has been released ahead of the series’ expected launch next week, and it comes as the British royals grapple with a new race.
Since Harry and Meghan stepped down from office two years ago and moved to California, they have leveled harsh criticism of the British monarchy, including allegations of racism, which has led to a rift with the rest of the family, most notably with Harry’s father, King Charles. and older brother, Prince William.
The last time Harry and Meghan opened up about their relationship with other royals in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, it plunged the institution into its biggest crisis in recent times, and royals will dread new goddamn revelations.
The timing of the trailer and documentary couldn’t be better for Netflix, with William and his wife Kate currently in Boston, and Buckingham Palace dealing with a racial row involving William’s godmother.
“Harry & Meghan. Global event on Netflix,” the streaming service said on Twitter. The accompanying trailer features never-before-seen black-and-white photos of the royal couple, and also one of them at an official event with William and Kate, with the faces of all four looking gloomy.
Royal family fans and commentators believe the photo choice indicates Meghan and Harry are launching a new attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales.
“No one sees what happens behind closed doors,” Harry is heard saying in the trailer. Later he is shown saying, “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.”
At the end Harry is shown throwing his head back as Meghan wipes away tears.
Although no official release date has been set for the six-part documentary, it was widely reported by the media that it will be broadcast on December 8.
Netflix said the series would “share the other side of their high-profile love story” and explore “the challenges that led them to feel forced to step back from their full-time roles at the enterprise”.
The focus on Harry and Meghan comes as William and Kate take their first international trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth and take the title of Prince and Princess of Wales.
While they are set to meet US President Joe Biden during their first trip to the US in eight years, the main goal is for the couple to attend the awards ceremony for the Earthshot Environmental Prize that William established.
A source close to William said before the trip: “Our number one focus…is the Earthshot prize and we won’t be distracted by other things.”
But further events have already overshadowed him. On Wednesday, the prince’s 83-year-old godmother stepped down from her honorary role in the royal household after repeatedly asking a black woman, Ngozi Fulani, at a high-profile event at Buckingham Palace, “What part of Africa are you from?”
Fulani, who was born in Britain and works for a domestic violence support group, described the incident as “abuse”. Both Buckingham Palace and William were quick to condemn the incident with a spokesman for the prince saying that “racism has no place in our society”.
To cap off a bad day for William and Kate, during their visit to a Boston Celtics basketball game, some of the crowd could be heard loudly chanting “USA, USA” when their pictures were projected onto a large screen in the stadium. According to British media reports, the couple faced boos from the audience.