Keeping Harry Close to the Family: The Dilemma of the Prince and the Duchess of Oprah Winfrey
And Harry accuses the royal family of “unconscious bias” that blinded them to the struggles he and Meghan experienced in the years and months leading up to their dramatic departure.
After months of speculation that the couple would star in a tell-all show, the first three episodes of the project were released on Thursday.
Harry said that the palace had problems with Diana, who was beloved by the public, because of her popularity.
Buckingham and Kensington Palaces will likely be braced for the fallout from the series, after sustained tensions between Harry and his father, King Charles, and brother, Prince William.
“It’s really hard to look back on it now and go, what on earth happened? In the first episode of the diary, which was filmed after the pair finished their royal duties in March 2020, Harry inquires about how they ended up here.
In recent years he’s lamented the intrusion of the media and said he was concerned for the safety of his family.
Harry took aim at the media within the first few minutes of the show. “No one knows that full truth. The institution, the media, and we all know the full truth. He said he considers it his duty to cover up exploitation and bribes in the media.
The series comes over a year and a half after the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which contained a flurry of criticisms of members of the royal family and caused turmoil at the palace.
King Charles III, who is the head of the monarchy, has been criticized by his son since their split from the family, and has a rocky relationship with his son.
Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and any members of the royal family were never approached for comment on the series according to a royal source. The Netflix documentary noted within the series that members of the British royal family “declined to comment on the content.”
The couple have spoken before about the constraints placed on them while members of the royal family, and that frustration re-emerged repeatedly in the documentary.
Meghan described her engagement announcement in 2017 as an “orchestrated reality show.” And speaking of the media’s initial fascination with the prince’s then-girlfriend, Harry recalled how other members of the royal family struggled to share his concern.
The family had been put through everything she was going to be put through. So it was almost like a rite of passage,” Harry said. “My wife had to go through that, so why should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should you get special treatment? He said they had argued why she should be protected.
“I said the difference here is the race element,” Harry added. The pair have frequently railed against racist undertones in tabloid coverage of Meghan, who is biracial.
The skeletons are in the closet that frequently make an unwelcome appearance in the daily life of the family, because they can be part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
It is actually no one’s fault when it comes to unconscious bias. But once it has been pointed out, or identified within yourself, you then need to make it right,” he said.
A tribute to the first 40 years of Harry’s life, he recalled how Meghan and Meghan looked after each other in their own lives
Elsewhere in the first batch of episodes, Harry commented on some previous marriages among his relatives and ancestors. “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 mold as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destined to be with,” he said.
They were surprised that I was dating an American actress, which clouded their judgement more than anything else at the beginning. “The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough,” Meghan added.
Princess Diana was killed in a car crash while being chased by the media. I like to think that much of whatMeghan is and how she is is similar to my mum. He said in the first episode that she had the same confidence and warmth as him.
“I remember thinking, how can I ever find someone who is willing and capable to be able to withstand all the baggage that comes with being with me?” he said.
It showed the breakdown of her relationship with her father, over allegations that he staged a series of photographs in preparation for their wedding.
It is sad but she doesn’t have a father now after she had a father before this. If Meg wasn’t with me, her dad would still be her dad, said Harry.
Changing the balance: Meghan and William’s life unfolded in the first three episodes of CNN’s “The Real Princesses”
The first three episodes were released on Thursday and will be followed by additional episodes next week. Interviews were done before the Queen’s death, according to the series.
CNN’s Royal News is a weekly dispatch that gives you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what is happening behind palace walls.
The last few years have taken their toll on the couple and their new life in California, as seen in the latest installments.
“The issue is when someone who’s marrying in, who should be a supporting act is then stealing the limelight or is doing the job better than the person who is born to do this. That makes people upset. It shifts the balance,” Harry said.
The couple recalled how media coverage started to turn negative, with Meghan increasingly associated with racist tropes such as drugs, criminality or terrorism.
Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, recounted how her daughter told her she had thought about taking her own life after being constantly “picked at by these vultures” in the media.
The journalist who asked how she had been feeling was thanked by the duchess in her royal documentary. She says not many people have asked if she’s okay.
A narrative developed that the couple were being selfish for not doing a traditional photo call shortly after the birth of a royal baby, and Harry remembers seeing a post on social media of a couple walking either side of a chimpanzee alongside the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
The bubble burst when the duchess tried to make the royal family proud, but there was a lot of negative media coverage.
Harry said the seriousness of the things that happened to her need to be acknowledged.
When you see it you realize you are making people want to kill me. It is much more than a tabloid. It’s not just some story. You are making me scared. Right?
“It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in,” said Harry.
In January 2020 the brothers issued a statement denying that William was to blame for the rift in the royal family.
Harry claims he was not aware that the statement was said in this episode. “No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that,” he said.
Meghan, Archie, and Meghan: A Californian couple who moved into a Los Angeles home in May 2020 based on the Mail on Sunday
Meghan recounted how she suffered a miscarriage in July 2020 after moving to Santa Barbara, California, recalling how she was stressed about how UK newspaper the Mail on Sunday had published a private letter to her father, Thomas Markle.
Is it possible that the baby was created due to that? Course we don’t. But bearing in mind the stress that that caused, the lack of sleep, and the timing of the pregnancy, how many weeks in she was, I can say, from what I saw, that miscarriage was created by what they were trying to do to her,” he added.
It took reporters six weeks to discover that a couple moved into the home of Tyler Perry in Hollywood, after finally publishing their new address.
The construction of the poles is to stop the photographer from taking a photo from several hundred meters away. You have to laugh at it because it is madness, as ridiculous as it is.
While Harry says that neither he nor the rest of the family wanted to talk about the situation around Harry and Meghan that day, he did discuss it with his father and brother. He said that Prince William and King Charles were similar in their interpretations of the situation.
Harry reminds viewers that Archie spent only the first five months of his life in the UK before the family relocated to California, and daughter Lilibet was born in the US.
“This is home to him, this is home to Lili, and this is our home,” said Harry, who added that life is very different for the family in the US. “I get to do things with our kids that I would never be able to do in the UK.”
Meghan and Meghan will be deposed in the presence of her half-sister Samantha Markle in a state court order ruled by a Florida judge
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will be deposed as part of a defamation case brought against the duchess in the United States by her half-sister, Samantha Markle, a Florida judge ruled on Tuesday.
Samantha Markle’s March 2022 lawsuit, also obtained by PA, claims that Meghan made “demonstrably false and malicious statements….to a worldwide audience,” including the “roughly 50 million people in 17 countries” who watched the interview.
The presiding judge, Charlene Edwards Honeywell, dismissed the motion, ruling that Meghan “does not show that unusual circumstances justify the requested stay, or that prejudice or an undue burden will result if the Court does not impose a stay.
It says that, in order to preserve and promote the false narrative of a “rags-to-royalty” affair, she orchestrated a campaign to damage her sister’s and her father’s reputation.
The latest developments in the case follow the publication of Prince Harry’s memoir last month and the couple’s six-part Netflix series that aired in December, in which Meghan spoke about her relationship with Samantha Markle.
“My half-sister, who I hadn’t seen for over a decade – and that was only for a day and a half – suddenly, it felt like she was everywhere,” Meghan said in the documentary.