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Everything you need to know about Harry and Meghan’s new Netflix documentary series

This controversial warts-and-all show is screening on December 8 and 15 and could be more bad news for the royal family

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Alice Saville
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Harry and Meghan’s television special with Oprah blew the internet’s collective mind last year. It was a conversation-sparking insight into some of the factors that led to the couple quitting both the royal family and the UK, shocking the world with its portrait of the harsh pressures they were both under. Now, there’s an even deeper look at Harry and Meghan’s already very public lives on the way. Last week, Netflix dropped the trailer for its new documentary series on the couple, made with H&M’s full participation.

When is Harry and Meghan’s documentary series released, and what platform will it be on?

You can watch Harry and Meghan’s documentary series exclusively on Netflix: it’s rumoured that the streaming service paid the couple $100 million for their involvement. The first volume of the two-volume series drops on Thursday December 8, with the second coming the following Thursday, December 15. 

Who is involved in Netflix’s Harry and Meghan documentary series?

The couple themselves have been heavily involved, collaborating closely with Emmy Award-winning director Liz Garbus. There’ll also be comment from insiders and experts, including friends and family (although it’s highly unlikely that His Madge will be involved).

What will Harry and Meghan’s documentary series be about?

The series will comprise six episodes, telling the couple’s story from its beginnings to the present day. According to Netflix, the show ‘explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution’. The newly released trailer opens with a series of idyllic, previously unseen black-and-white photographs from the couple’s early relationship, including Harry serenading Meghan on the guitar, the pair playing with their dogs and Meghan cradling her baby bump. Then the mood darkens. Meghan is seen wiping away tears as we hear Harry say ‘I had to do everything I could to protect my family’, amid images of crowds of photographers, and the couple looking sombre during formal state appearances. The trailer ends with Meghan saying ‘When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?’

The timing of this new series is less than ideal for Buckingham Palace. It’s likely to detract attention from William and Kate’s current public engagements in Boston, where they’re promoting the prince’s Earthshot environmental prize. And it’s also likely to raise fresh controversies surrounding racism in the royal family; earlier this week, lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey resigned after she intrusively questioned domestic abuse charity Sistah Space’s founder Ngozi Fulani about where she was ‘really from’.

Whatever the contents of Harry and Meghan’s documentary series, it’s likely to be essential viewing for royal obsessives, or anyone eager to get a nosy glimpse behind the curtains of one of the most talked about families in the world.

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