Shared in the trailer for the upcoming explosive Netflix docuseries Harry and Meghan, which is set to be released next week on December 8, the white and black snap shows the couple walking out of Buckingham Palace’s garden entrance hand-in-hand.
It is believed that the snap was taken in March 2020 on the day the couple had a farewell lunch with their royal aides at the Goring Hotel and Meghan visited the National Theatre, of which she was patron.
At the time of their March 2020 visit to the UK, the couple were believed to be staying at Frogmore Cottage, near Windsor Castle.
The trailer which was released by Netflix today shows an intensely personal reel of never before seen photos including several of the duchess crying.
A new picture has shared a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s last engagements in the UK before they stepped down as senior royals, back in March 2020. The couple is seen exiting Buckingham Palace’s garden entrance hand-in-hand
In the previously unseen picture, Prince Harry can be seen holding his wife’s hand as the couple are led to their car, which is waiting outside the door.
Two men can be seen on each side of a door, as well as a wooden box on the windowsill reading ‘Her Majesty.’
Two wooden chairs line each of the walls leading to the exit with royal crests on the backs.
Pictures taken during Meghan’s visit to the National Theater on March 6 2020 show her holding the same small bag as in the black and white snap released in the Netflix trailer today
Other previously unseen images shared by the couple appear to show them in the early stages of their relationship while on holiday
A photo of Harry and Meghan aired today that shows the couple together on holiday, possibly during a safari
William and Kate with Harry and Meghan at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey
It is believed the picture was taken on the day the couple attended a farewell lunch at The Goring Hotel where some employees were ‘left in tears’ by an emotional toast, a source told Page Six at the time.
A source revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan organised the meal in order to thank their staff, who lost their jobs when the couple closed their office at Buckingham Palace on April 1, for their hard work.
The explosive trailer for Harry and Meghan’s £88million Netflix docuseries dropped today, with the couple sharing an intensely personal reel of black and white photos including several showing the duchess crying.
Previously unseen photographs shared by the couple show the pair jumping into the air with joy
In one previously unseen photograph from their wedding, the Duke and Duchess can be seen dancing together
Meghan cradling her baby bump in one of a series of ultra personal images shared by the couple for their new Netflix documentary
Harry is heard saying, ‘no one sees what goes on behind closed doors’ just before an image flashes up of Meghan holding her head in her hands while speaking on the phone.
In another image, Meghan is seen sitting next to Harry on a sofa, with the duchess holding both hands up to her face while her glum-looking husband has his head tilted backwards.
The other photos provide an intimate snapshot of the couple’s life together, and include Meghan cradling her baby bump, Harry playing the guitar, and the couple dancing at their wedding.
The advert could hardly come at a worse time for William and Kate, who are on the second day of a visit to the US which has been overshadowed by a Buckingham Palace race row.
The Sussexes’ one-minute-12-second clip opens with a producer asking ‘why do you want to make this documentary?’ before more than a dozen photos flash up of Harry and Meghan sharing time together, along with one image of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Harry’s voice is heard saying, ‘no one sees what goes on behind closed doors’, before viewers are shown the photo of Meghan in distress. ‘I had to do everything I could to protect my family’, the duke adds later.
The trailer finally cuts to his wife, who says: ‘When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?’
The Sussexes have been paid a rumoured $100million (£88million) for the fly-on-the-wall series, which has left the Royal Family braced for more damaging accusations from the couple.
It comes at an unhelpful time for the Prince and Princess of Wales – whose US tour got off to a tricky start yesterday after a scandal over ‘racist’ comments made by Lady Susan Hussey at an event hosted by Queen Consort Camilla.
Ngozi Fulani said she felt ‘interrogated’ by Lady Susan about what country she came from, despite being born in the UK and stating multiple times that she was British. Officials said they were taking the incident ‘extremely seriously’.
The series is expected to air next Thursday.
As the Sussexes unveiled their glitzy publicity push, William and Kate’s troubles deepened today as one of the UK’s leading lawyers claimed that Lady Susan Hussey also asked him about his heritage at the same function.
Nazir Afzal, 60, Chancellor of the University of Manchester and ex-chief prosecutor of the CPS under Sir Keir Starmer, reacted to the row by declaring: ‘Racism is never far away’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a number of ultra-personal unseen images in the first trailer for their new Netflix documentary today. In one clip from the documentary, Meghan is seen with her head in her hands apparently weeping
In another image, Meghan is seen sitting next to Harry on a sofa, with the duchess holding both hands up to her face while her glum-looking husband has his head tilted backwards
Ms Fulani has made headlines around the world after Buckingham Palace was engulfed in a toxic race row that saw the late Queen’s chief lady-in-waiting – and also Prince William’s godmother – resign after asking her ‘which part of Africa are you from?’
Mr Afzal tweeted: ‘I was at the Buckingham Palace reception at which Lady Hussey questioned the heritage of a brilliant DV expert Ngozi Fulani. She only asked me my heritage once & seemed to accept my answer – Manchester currently!’.
The Royal Family will be braced for further negative headlines when the Sussexes’ Netflix show airs next Thursday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their deal with Netflix just six months after setting up home in California in March 2020, saying they wanted to provide ‘hope and inspiration’ by teaming up with the streaming goliath.
The Duke and Duchess said their company, unnamed at the time but now known as Archewell Productions, would make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
In a statement, the Sussexes said: ‘Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.
‘As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.’
They added that Netflix’s ‘unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.’
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer and co-chief exec, said at the time: ‘We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.’
After putting ink to paper on the deal, the Sussexes were said to have welcomed cameras into their luxury Montecito mansion for a reality-type documentary, Page Six reported.
While it’s unclear on exactly how much of their home life the couple were prepared to share, they certainly did let Netflix cameras trail them on public appearances in 2021 and 2022.
When Harry and Meghan jetted to the Global Citizen Live event in New York in late September 2021, a camera crew accompanied them.
And just over six months later in the Hague, in April this year, the Duke and Duchess were filmed at the Invictus Games, hugging Team United Kingdom competitor Lisa Johnston and meeting competitors and chatting to the crowds.
One of the organisers at the event said the Netflix team arrived in six people carriers with caseloads of equipment.
The film crew were given maroon bibs to help them stand out from the dozens of photographers covering the games and given exclusive access to the couple with behind close door meeting with the athletes.
However, when it came to the Queen’s Jubilee in June – just a few months before the late Monarch died on September 8th, the couple were firmly told they wouldn’t be able to film while attending the celebrations.
Indeed, Meghan and Harry took a low key role in the national event, missing out on key moments on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which only senior roles were allowed to attend.
Even before it’s release, the show has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic and it is expected to cause fresh turmoil for the Royal Family. Harry also has his memoirs, named ‘Spare’, on the way.
Royal experts have claimed in recent weeks that these two bombshell projects will further set back any prospect of a meaningful reconciliation between the couple, who live in a $14.65million Montecito mansion with their two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, with King Charles and Prince William.
This summer, Meghan hinted that the documentary could focus on their ‘love story’.
Speaking in an interview with The Cut, the Duchess said her five-year-long romance with Prince Harry is one of the ‘pieces of her life’ that she has not yet been able to share with the public.
The Duchess continued: ‘The piece of my life I haven’t been able to share, that people haven’t been able to see, is our love story.’
But after the Queen’s death the Sussexes were said to have wanted to ‘downplay much of what they have said about Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales’ in their documentary series, according to a previous report.