Harry and Meghan’s tell-all series hits Netflix

The first three episodes of the documentary began streaming at 8am in Ireland and the UK on Thursday
Harry and Meghan’s tell-all series hits Netflix

Laura Elston and Catherine Wylie, PA

Harry and Meghan's controversial documentary has aired on Netflix amid fears of bombshell allegations against the British royal family.

Harry & Meghan – a six-part docuseries – dropped on the streaming giant at 8am in Ireland and the UK on Thursday, with the Windsors steeling themselves for the revelations in the first three episodes.

In the opening scenes, began with a written statement on black background saying it was a “first-hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive”.

It added all interviews were finished in August 2022 and then a statement appeared saying: “Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series.”

Harry & Meghan
The Harry & Meghan series has aired on Thursday (Netflix/PA)

The poignant piano music begins to play before showing airport shots and Harry filming himself at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, saying: “We’ve just finished two weeks, our final push, our last stint of royal engagements.

“It’s really hard to look back on it now and go what on earth happened?”

Harry and Meghan signed lucrative deals, thought to be worth well over £100 million, with the streaming giant and Spotify, after quitting as senior working royals in 2020 following family rifts and struggles with royal life.

The “unprecedented and in-depth” docuseries, directed by Oscar-nominated Liz Garbus, is billed as a Netflix global event, with Harry and Meghan sharing “the other side of their high-profile love story”.

Harry, in a trailer for the docuseries, warned “we know the full truth” and spoke of a “hierarchy in the family”, a “dirty game” and “leaking” and “planting of stories”.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex Netflix documentary
Harry and Meghan (Netflix/PA)

The first episode, which is 56 minutes long, shared the impact of Harry’s childhood in the public eye and their secret relationship in the early days.

Its Netflix tags were “Riveting”, “Investigative”, and “Docuseries”.

However, a friend close to the British royal family stressed the situation concerned “real people” and that there was a “great deal of sadness” involved.

“It’s really important to remember that these are real people. This isn’t a soap opera. They are human beings and a family and there’s a great deal of sadness,” the friend said.

Harry’s father Charles and brother William, along with Charles' wife Camilla and William's wife Kate, are not expected to be personally watching the series, but royal aides will be tasked with closely monitoring the output, and considering, if at all, how to respond.

The king and the royal family will be carrying on with royal duties as normal on Thursday, with the documentary also coinciding with the first circulation of coins bearing Charles’s effigy in post offices around the UK – symbolic of the adjustments still continuing in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

Its premiere comes exactly three months after the death of Harry’s grandmother, with the Windsors still grieving and the king less than 100 days into his reign.

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