The Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary explored the bitter royal split



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The latest installments from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Netflix’s controversial documentary were released on Thursday, detailing their bitter rift with the rest of the royal family.

The fourth, fifth and sixth episodes of “Harry and Megan” cover the couple’s challenges since their 2018 marriage, which culminated in their decision to step down as working family members.

Harry said he originally asked for a ‘half, half out’ arrangement, where Harry and Meghan would have their own jobs but still work to support the Queen, during a crucial family reunion. “But it became very clear very quickly that this goal was not up for discussion or debate,” Harry said.

“It was terrifying to see my brother scream and yell at me, and my dad said things that just weren’t true, and my grandma sat quietly and figured it all out,” he said. he said, recalling conversations with Prince William, then Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II.

“But you have to understand that from the family’s point of view, especially from your own, there are ways of doing things. And her ultimate mission and purpose, her responsibility, is the institution… she’s going to follow the advice she’s given,” Harry said.

The couple describe throughout the new episodes how, from their point of view, their position within the royal family has become untenable after constant chasing by the British media and repeated disregard for the couple’s well-being inside the palace walls.

Harry hinted that there was jealousy from other senior royals towards Meghan given the media attention she was receiving. “The problem is when someone who gets married, who should be a supporting act, then steals the show or does the job better than the person who was born to do it,” he said.

“It upsets people. It upsets the balance. Because you’ve been led to believe that the only way your charities can succeed and your mission can grow is to make the front page of these newspapers.

And Meghan has opened up about suicidal thoughts, telling the filmmakers she believes ‘this will all end if I’m not here. And that was the scariest thing about it, it was such a clear thought.

“I just did everything I could to make them proud and to really be part of the family,” Meghan said in the fifth episode, talking about her relationship with the other royals. “And then the bubble burst.”

“I realized that I wasn’t just being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves,” she said.

The culmination of this rift between the royal institution and Harry and Meghan, who were once portrayed by parts of the media as the modernizing force the monarchy needed, was their historic and controversial decision in early 2020 to leave the royal family and leave the UK.

Harry said he spoke to Queen Elizabeth II and arranged to meet her, along with Meghan, as they made their decision to leave the family.

“She knew we found it difficult. I’ve spoken to him about it several times, said Harry. But as the meeting approached, Meghan said she received a message from an aide telling them they were not allowed to see the monarch.

“I’ve actually been told I’ve been busy all week,” the Queen then told Harry, according to her recollection. “I was like, wow,” Harry said.

“It’s when a family and a family business are in direct conflict…really what they’re doing is preventing a grandson from seeing his grandmother.”

The latest episode begins with a video note taken by Harry as the couple flew from Canada to Los Angeles, having completed their royal engagements. “We are on the flight to freedom,” Harry said at the time.

“I wonder what would have happened to us if we hadn’t come out when we did,” Harry added in an interview.

The output follows last thursday batch of episodesin which Prince Harry criticized “unconscious bias” within the family.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to connect with a qualified counselor or visit the NSPL website. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Friends all over the world also provide contact details for crisis centers around the world.

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