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"How did we get here?" Prince Harry wonders in the royal suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, about to flee across the Atlantic.
"I don't know where to start
," Meghan Markle replies from the Vancouver mansion, in jeans and without makeup, in a confession on her mobile phone at the time of her break with the royal family.
This is how the Netflix documentary
'Harry and Meghan'
begins, which has shaken the foundations of Buckingham.
Three months after the death of Elizabeth II, the couple attack as never before against "racism", "hate" and "misogyny" in the
and against the systematic harassment of the media.
"My duty was to guarantee the safety of my family," explains Harry, who openly criticizes his father's attitude after Diana's death and the
lack of "guidance and emotional support" he had in his childhood
The first episode begins with the consummation of
and delves into Harry and Meghan's romance, with the stellar appearance of little Archie and Diana's total immersion in the drama: "I didn't want history to repeat itself"...
The documentary threatens to
reignite the Royals' war
any chance of reconciliation.
Buckingham Palace has responded with official silence.
It is estimated that Harry and Meghan have been able to receive from 60 to 100 million dollars (from 57 to 93 million euros) for telling their story in six episodes and with a juicy and dubious initial claim: "Nobody knows the truth, we know everything." the truth"...
"There has been a lot of pain and suffering in the women who marry into this institution," says Harry, who draws constant parallels between Meghan and Diana and ensures that the two were victims of "feverish attention."
The youngest son of King Carlos assures that there are
"drips" and "leaks"
calculated from within to feed the media.
"It's a dirty game," he relates.
"Don't show emotions"
"On the one hand we had two grieving sons mourning the death of their mother," Harry recalls.
"And on the other we had the
with the slogan of not showing emotions and not shaking hands."
The images illustrate the contrast between Harry and William, greeting the British who came to Kensington Palace
in 1997 to say goodbye to Diana
, with the forced gesture of the then Prince Charles, marking the distances.
Summer in Majorca
Harry goes back to the summer of 1986 in Mallorca, when Juan Carlos and Sofía were invited to the Marivent Palace.
It's his most insidious memory of the
siege : "You couldn't move without a photographer coming out of the bushes."
And to illustrate, he recalls an image of Diana on the bow of the royal yacht, desperately alone and visibly overwhelmed by the situation.
"It was too much"
"What happened to my mother is what was beginning to happen to us," stresses Harry, who acknowledges how his hatred of the media increased during his adolescence, when he made headlines for his night outs and drug abuse. .
"It was too much," he admits to the photo in which he struggles with a photographer.
"I think I got to have
30 or 40
The decisions of the heart
Harry admits that in the royal family there has always been a temptation, "particularly and obviously for men", to
marry someone who "fits the mold"
"The difference is between choosing with your head or your heart," he says.
"And my mother made most of her decisions with her heart. In this sense, I am my mother's son."
The crush on Instagram.
In the most intimate moment, Harry recalls how he met Meghan through mutual friends and on Instagram, and even shows the first image he saw of her on Snapchat.
After the incessant exchange of messages, the key moment arrived:
"Let's find each other!"
And they saw each other at Wimbledon, in the summer of 2016, and dined two nights in a row at 76 Dean Street (he was late the first, she the second).
He even had a list of "expectations" that apparently were more than met.
And fate was finally sealed that year with the famous getaway to Botswana.
Take the bow
Meghan occasionally claims the lead in the first installment and remembers the first "clash" with the formalities of the Royal House.
She was on her way to her first meeting with the Queen: "We were in the car and Harry said to me, 'do you know how to curtsy?'
He thought he was joking
"Obviously everyone is aware of the race thing now because it became so apparent when I went to the UK," Meghan says.
"Before she got there, she hadn't really been treated as a black woman."
Harry retorts in his manner, "The Palace's instructions were not to fire back... It was like my girlfriend was forced to go through
a rite of passage
. But the difference here was the racial issue."
The culture war
The second episode draws a parallel between the "culture war" after Brexit in the United Kingdom and the beginning of their relationship.
"No matter what I said or not,
they were always going to find a way to destroy
me ," says Meghan, referring to the British tabloids.
"They promised me that once we got married the situation would improve," she recalls, but it didn't take long for her to run up against the wall of the royal family: "I realized that they were never going to protect you."
"Why this documentary?" Meghan herself is asked at the beginning of the series, in which she stares at the ceiling and thinks about it for a long time before speaking.
"In the last six years, books have been written about us by
people I don't even know
," she alleges at the end.
"Doesn't it make more sense to hear the story in our mouths?"
In the end, she ends up leaning towards the argument of fighting "disinformation", although the documentary itself has been criticized for the manipulative use of images.
Illustrating the media "intrusion" is a snapshot of the couple from behind with Archie in their arms, taken by Robert Johnson of the
: "That photo was taken at Desmond Tutu's residence in Cape Town and was taken by several accredited photographers with whom
the angle was agreed
To be continue...
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