Harry and Meghan today dropped a second trailer for their Netflix documentary which launched a fresh volley of barbs against the Royal Family, with the duke concluding the clip by warning, ‘No one knows the full truth – we know the full truth’.
In a one-minute video that will horrify courtiers, Harry hits out at the ‘hierarchy of the family’ and claims insiders ‘leaked and planted’ stories about him and Meghan, describes royal life as a ‘dirty game’ and – after footage appears showing his mother, Princess Diana – talks about ‘the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution’.
A pundit describes the couple’s experience as ‘about hatred, about race’ as a strikingly intimate scene flashes up of an exasperated Harry, 38, holding a hand to his face as Meghan passes behind him while heavily pregnant with their daughter, Lili.
The behind-the-scenes Netflix docuseries will debut on December 8, Netflix confirmed today.
In a one-minute clip that will horrify courtiers, a pundit describes the couple’s experience as ‘about hatred, about race’ as a scene flashes up of an exasperated Harry holding a hand to his face as Meghan – who is visibly pregnant – passes behind him
In today’s teaser clip, Harry narrates: ‘It’s really hard to look back on it now and go ‘what on earth happened?’
‘There’s a hierarchy of the family, you know, there’s leaking, but there’s also planting of stories. It’s a dirty game.
‘The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy. I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself.
‘No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth.’
While the Duchess kept her pregnancy with her daughter incredibly private at the time, sharing just a few images, two snaps from the period have appeared in trailers for the new documentary.
Billed as a Netflix global event, the streaming giant announced Volume I would be released on December 8 while Volume II will air on December 15.
Contrary to claims that there are behind-the-scenes ‘crisis talks’ and plans to ‘hit back’ at yet another barrage of claims and accusations, senior royals plan a very much ‘business as usual approach’.
‘We are not going to be blown off course by squalls from across the Atlantic,’ a royal source told the Daily Mail witheringly.
The Mail on Sunday reported yesterday how the King and Queen Consort are ‘wearied’ by the constant attacks from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Buckingham Palace sources said that there was ‘mounting frustration and exhaustion’ at the barrage of complaints that Harry and Meghan relentlessly and publicly make about their alleged treatment by members of the Royal Family.
The late Queen famously made clear that ‘recollections may vary’ over many of the couple’s claims – and that view has not changed.
Throughout the royal households there is a sense of ‘here we go again’ over the series.
But there is hope among the family that the ‘Sussex squall’ will blow itself out by the time the series ends and Harry’s upcoming memoir is published in January.
‘It’s likely to be a difficult few weeks but really after that what on earth more can they have to say?’ another insider asked.
‘It’s all going to start to become very “end of the pier” show if they are not careful, hawking around the same complaints on talk shows and documentaries.
‘Surely a time will come when even they realise they have got to get on with their lives? The rest of the family certainly want to.’
Indeed the King and the Queen Consort have a busy week ahead with several significant and long-planned engagements. Tomorrow the monarch is in Luton meeting community leaders and voluntary organisations who promote inter-faith harmony, something he has been promoting for 50-plus years.
The Mail on Sunday reported yesterday how the King (pictured today) and Queen Consort are ‘wearied’ by the constant attacks from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
At Luton Town Hall, he will be reunited with Festus Akinbusoye, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who was previously supported by his Prince’s Trust.
His Majesty will also visit the newly built Sikh Guru Nanak Gurdwara, speaking to volunteers and learning about their programmes for the community.
On Wednesday, the Queen Consort will invite seriously and terminally ill children from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.
She holds the magical event each year, personally serving up sausages and mash for the youngsters and this year has arranged a surprise visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer. ‘Their Majesties are getting on with what’s important,’ a source added.
Royal sources told The Mail on Sunday that Charles and Camilla were ‘not worried but wearied’ by the continued outbursts from the Duke and Duchess.
Since quitting as working royals and moving to California, they have criticised the Royal Family in interviews, including a high-profile show with Oprah Winfrey, and recorded the Netflix series.