Prince Harry: the royal family did not understand the risk of racial attacks for Meghan | Prince Harry

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused the media of ‘destroying’ them before they left the UK, and said the Royal Family failed to understand Harry’s future wife needed protection, in interviews featured in a Netflix documentary.

The Royal Family have questioned why Meghan should be “protected” following racist headlines and paparazzi harassment after their relationship was announced in 2016, Prince Harry has claimed. Instead, the palace’s advice was, “Don’t say anything.”

“So it was almost like a rite of passage, and some of the royals were like, ‘My wife had to go through this, so why should your girlfriend be treated differently? Why should you be given treatment? special? Why should she be protected?” Harry told the six-part docuseries, Harry & Meghan.

“I said, ‘The difference here is the race element.'”

The documentary begins with an on-screen written statement: “Members of the Royal Family have declined to comment on the content of this series.”

It is understood from sources that Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace received an email from an unknown production company which did not cover the entire series. Attempts to verify its authenticity through Sussex’s Archewell Productions and Netflix however received no response, so they were unable to provide an answer.

The couple’s main attack focused on the media. Harry, filming himself as he left the UK for the last time as a member of the royal family, said he believed “to be part of this family, it is my duty to discover this exploitation and this corruption that occurs within our media”. Meghan, filming herself in Vancouver, said: ‘Unfortunately, by defending us for something, they are destroying us.

Images of newspaper headlines appeared on the screen: “Harry’s girlfriend is (almost) straight out of Compton.” Meghan said: “Firstly, I’m not from Compton, I’ve never lived in Compton, so that’s factually incorrect. But why do you have to dig in Compton?

Other headlines featured in the documentary included “One’s gone GangstER”, and another saying Meghan’s ancestors were a “tailor, teacher and cleaner in the racially divided Jim Crow South”.

Speaking about the media coverage, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, said the paparazzi would take pictures of the inner city areas of Los Angeles. “They were taking pictures of different parts of, say, Skid Row, and saying that’s where I lived and that’s where she was from,” Ragland told the documentary.

“It was awful,” Meghan said. “But I kept holding the line. Don’t say anything.”

Ragland said she warned her daughter about the race. “I said, ‘You might not want to hear this, but this is what happens. “”

Speaking, Harry said: ‘My son, my daughter, my children are mixed race and I’m really proud of that. When my children grow up and they look back on this moment, when they turn to me and ask me, “What did you do at this precise moment?”, I want to be able to give them an answer.

He also spoke about what he called the Windsors’ ‘unconscious bias’ as the documentary showed footage of Princess Michael of Kent wearing a blackamoor-style brooch at a Christmas lunch Meghan attended in 2017 , for which she later apologized. “In this family, sometimes you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. There is a huge level of unconscious bias,” Harry said.

Meghan said the British media “wanted my mum’s side of my family to be the one that all this drama could be stirred up with and they just had my mum who is classy and quiet, and then you have the other side of my family that’s just acting different,” referring to the family she’s estranged from.

Harry has ‘taken responsibility’ for the breakdown of Meghan’s relationship with her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after he staged media photographs ahead of the couple’s 2018 wedding, which he did not attend due to issues health. Describing it as “incredibly sad”, Harry said: “She had a father before that and now she doesn’t have a father. And I’ve come to terms with that because if Meg wasn’t with me her father would still be his father.

Harry said his family were impressed when they met Meghan. “But the fact that I’m dating an American actress is probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else in the beginning: ‘Oh, she’s an American actress; it won’t last.

Their dating days were described by Harry as a “combination of car chases, anti-surveillance driving and dressing up”. Meghan was harassed by the media in Toronto while filming Suits, and “salacious” stories were planted by the press, the couple said.

Describing the pressure leading up to their marriage, Meghan spoke of the ‘orchestrated reality show’ of the couple’s engagement announcement and interviews, and how they were coached by the communications team of the palace, but unable to talk about the pressures they felt at the time. .

She was told that media coverage would improve after their marriage. “But truth be told, no matter how hard I tried, no matter how good I was, no matter what I did, they were always going to find a way to destroy me,” she said. .

Speaking of the Royal Rotation (members of the media specifically accredited to cover the Royal Family), Harry said: ‘All royal news goes through the filter of all the newspapers in the Royal Rotation, most of which, with the exception of the Telegraph , happen to be tabloids .

“It all boils down to control, it’s like, ‘This family is ours to exploit. Their trauma is our story, and our story and our narrative to control.'”

He described the royal rotation as “essentially an extended public relations arm of the royal family”.

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The docuseries controversially used footage of Diana, the Princess of Wales’ Panorama interview, which Prince William insisted never be shown again. Harry said the majority of his earliest memories were “of being swarmed by paparazzi”. He didn’t have, he revealed, “many early memories of my mother. It was almost like I blocked them out internally.

In lighter moments, Meghan described her first meeting with the late Queen, likening the formality of the royal court to something from medieval times, where bowing and curtsying was “a big deal”. She said: “I mean, Americans will understand that… We have the Medieval Times dinner and tournament. It was like that.”

Of their relationship, Harry said: “It’s a great love story. And the craziest thing is that I think this love story has only just begun.

“She sacrificed everything she knew, the freedom she had, to join me in my world, and soon after, I ended up sacrificing everything I knew to join her in her world.”

The last three episodes of the series will be released on Thursday, December 15.


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