Meghan Markle’s difficult moments were highlighted in the first minutes of her new docuseries with Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex let cameras record some emotional moments in Harry & Meghan, the couple’s new Netflix docuseries that launched on Thursday.
The first episode opens with Harry speaking to the camera shortly after he and Meghan announced their retirement from royal life in early 2020. A flurry of newspaper articles then went across the screen, explaining the couple’s stunning decision, before Meghan remarked, “I don’t even know where to begin,” in a self-filmed video shot while Harry was in London on Vancouver Island, Canada.
“My job is to keep my family safe,” Harry then said into the camera. “I’m generally concerned for the safety of my family,” he added while talking about the “level of hate that has been stirred up” against Meghan and their son Archie, 3. Meghan is then shown looking downcast in trousers and a shirt, with a towel wrapped around her head, in an emotional moment.
“I just really want to get to the other side of all of this,” said the Duchess of Sussex. “I don’t know what to say anymore,” she added, before starting to cry. “Unfortunately in not standing for something, they are destroying us,” she also added, apparently referencing the royal family.
The first trailer for the docuseries featured several personal photos of Meghan and Prince Harry, including a never-before-seen picture taken at their wedding reception and the couple kissing in the kitchen. However, there were other less happy moments in the trailers, such as Harry looking at Meghan as she wipes away tears during an interview. Meghan was seen holding her phone while hiding her face with her other hand in another image.
In an October interview with Variety, Meghan hinted at what to anticipate from the docuseries. “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it,” the Archetypes host said of working with the director Liz Garbus, the Oscar nominee behind Love, Marilyn and Becoming Cousteau. “But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”
“It’s interesting. My husband has never worked in this industry before,” she continued, referencing the entertainment business. “For me, having worked on Suits, it’s so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view. That’s been really fun.”