The final three episodes of a documentary series featuring Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were released by Netflix on Thursday, setting out their battles with the media and why they stepped down as working members of Britain’s royal family.
At a family meeting to discuss Harry’s royal departure, it was “terrifying” to have his brother Prince William scream at him during his bitter split from the family, Harry said.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth episodes of Harry & Meghan cover the couple’s challenges since their wedding in 2018, Meghan’s worsening mental health and her 2020 miscarriage, and ultimately their decision to quit as working members of the family.
Harry said during a family meeting, he first asked for a “half in, half out” arrangement, where Harry and Meghan would have their own professions but still work in support of the Queen. “But it became very clear very quickly that that goal was not up for discussion or debate,” he added.
“It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me, and my father says things that just simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sits there and take it all in,” Harry said, speaking of the meetings with Prince William, then-Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth II.
“But you have to understand that from the family’s perspectives, especially from hers, there are ways of doing things. And her ultimate mission and goal, responsibility, is the institution … she’s going to go on the advice that she’s given,” Harry said.
The couple explains throughout the episodes how their position within the royal family became untenable after continuous hounding from Britain’s media and constant disregard for the couple’s wellbeing inside palace walls.
Harry said that there was jealousy from other royals towards Meghan considering the amount of media attention she was initially getting.
The documentary series also touches on Meghan’s mental health and her miscarriage in July 2020. “I was pregnant. I really wasn’t sleeping. The first morning that we woke up in our new home is when I miscarried,” Meghan said.
Meghan speaks of experiencing suicidal feelings, telling the filmmakers she believed “all of this will stop if I’m not here.” Meghan said she wanted to go somewhere to get help but it wasn’t allowed as they were concerned about how that would look for the institution.