Prince Harry has described the “feeding frenzy” surrounding his relationship with Meghan in the couple’s much-anticipated documentary series, saying: “It is basically the hunter versus the prey”.
The first three episodes of the couple’s six-part Netflix series Harry & Meghan were released on Thursday morning, with the Royal Family no doubt prepared for potential bombshell revelations as the tell-all take on royal life streams across the world.
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Opening the series is a written statement, describing it as a “first hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive”.
Key talking points from first three episodes:
- Harry describes media ‘feeding frenzy’ surrounding relationship – describing it as ‘hunter v prey’
- Meghan reveals she had a death threat while she was living in Toronto
- Harry describes Royal Family’s alleged reaction to concerns, saying treatment was almost a ‘rite of passage’
- Couple reveal details about how they met – saying it all started on Instagram
- ‘It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life’: Harry addresses time he wore Nazi costume
In the second episode, the Duke of Sussex talks about paparazzi interest in their relationship and social media harassment, and refers to his mother, Diana.
“To see another woman in my life, that I love, go through this feeding frenzy, that’s hard,” he says. “It is basically the hunter versus the prey.”
Dating Meghan “became a combination of car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises, which isn’t a particularly healthy way to start a relationship but we always came at it with as much humour as possible”, he says. “Whenever we saw each other we would give each other a massive hug and try and have as much of a normal life as possible.”
Meghan also describes paparazzi following her and how she received a death threat while she was in Toronto.
“I would say to the police, if any other woman in Toronto said to you I have six grown men who are sleeping in their cars around my house who follow me everywhere that I go and I feel scared, wouldn’t you say that it was stalking?
“And they said yes, but there’s really nothing we can do because of who you’re dating. I was like, so I’m just supposed to live like this? And then I got a death threat and things changed because I needed to have security.”
‘The difference here is the race element’
Earlier on in the series, in the first episode, Harry speaks of his concerns for his family.
“It’s the nature of being born into [the Royal Family],” he says. “The level of hate that has been stirred up in the last three years, especially at my wife, and my son, I’m genuinely concerned for the safety of my family.”
He later speaks about the Royal Family’s response to his fears.
“But what people need to understand is as far as a lot of the family were concerned, everything she was being put through, they had been put through as well.
“So it was almost like a rite of passage and some of the members of the family were like, ‘My wife had to go through that so why should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should you get special treatment? Why should she be protected? And I said the difference here is the race element.”
Meeting through Instagram – and Meghan doing her ‘homework’
As well as the heavier topics, the series also delves into how the couple met, and how Meghan, an actress at the time, shared the news with her family.
Her mother Doria Ragland recalls the moment she found out her daughter was dating royalty.
“She told me, ‘Mummy I’m going out with Prince Harry’, and I started whispering, ‘Oh my God’. She says, ‘you can’t tell anyone’, so from the beginning it was very sort of, ‘Oh my God, nobody can know’.”
Harry reveals they actually met through Instagram.
“I was just scrolling through my feed and someone who was a friend had this video of the two of them, like a Snapchat, with dog ears. That was the first thing – I was like, ‘who is THAT?!'”
Meghan says a friend emailed her to set them up, calling Harry “Prince Haz”. She did her “homework”, looking through his own Instagram feed, and was impressed by all his pictures of environmental shots and the time he spent in Africa, she says.
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Earlier on in the series, Harry says they have both made sacrifices for their relationship.
“I think this love story’s just getting started,” he says. “She sacrificed everything that she ever knew, the freedom that she had, to join me in my world, and then pretty soon after that I ended up sacrificing everything that I know to join her in her world.”
Speaking about his mother and seemingly referencing her marriage to Charles, he says: “I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there could be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to someone you are destined to be with.
“The difference between making a decision with your head or your heart. And my mum certainly made most of her decisions if not all of them from her heart. And I am my mother’s son.”
Source : Sky News