Prince Harry Calls Royal Life A ‘Dirty Game’ In Netflix Documentary Trailer
“There’s leaking but there’s also planting of stories,” Prince Harry said. “It’s a dirty game.”
The six-episode series will explore the couple’s early courtship and the challenges that led to them stepping back from their full-time roles in the monarchy.
“I realized, ‘they’re never gonna protect you,'” Markle said in the trailer.
Netflix describes the series as a “never-before-seen look at one of the most-discussed couples in history.” It will feature interviews not only with Markle and Prince Harry, but also with friends, family, and historians.
“There was a war against Meghan to suit other people’s agendas,” one interviewee said.
By examining their relationship with the British Commonwealth and the press, the docuseries will highlight a complicated love story while revealing the difficulty of living under great expectations.
In the trailer, Prince Harry references the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997 when her car crashed in a tunnel while fleeing paparazzi.
“I was terrified,” Prince Harry said. “I didn’t want history to repeat itself.”
Prince Harry has long criticized the chaos caused by the press in its efforts to land a story about his family.
In November 2016, while the couple were dating, the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace released a public plea made by Harry regarding Markle’s treatment by the press.
“Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers,” the statement read. “[Meghan’s] mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”
The statement characterized Markle’s treatment by the press as “abuse and harassment.”
Buckingham Palace announced in 2020 that the couple would “not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”
The docuseries claims there are even more details that remain unknown to the public.
“No one knows the full truth,” Prince Harry said in the trailer. “We know the full truth.”
The series is directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus. Netflix will release Harry & Meghan in two volumes. The first will be available for streaming on December 8. Volume II will be available on December 15.
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