Prince Harry, Meghan reveal ‘the pain of being a royal’ in their Netflix series

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan’s Netflix revelatory docuseries, Harry & Meghan delves deeper into their time as working senior members of the royal family and gives a glimpse into the beginnings of their whirlwind romance.

While some of the revelations on the Netflix docuseries are painful and reveal the “unconscious bias” around race within Buckingham Palace, there are also some cute and smile-inducing moments.

Meghan first caught the attention of Harry when he was scrolling through his Instagram feed, where he saw a clip that a mutual friend had posted with Meghan using the then-popular dog filter on Snapchat.

In the serial, Prince Harry also addresses his 2005 Nazi moment. He was at the receiving end of ire and uproar when an image of him dressed as a Nazi was splashed everywhere. Harry says the incident was “one of the biggest mistakes of my life” and he felt “so ashamed afterwards.”

In an attempt to explain how their lives were orchestrated and how they weren’t allowed to tell their side of the story, Meghan in the third episode opens up about their engagement. Harry says, “We’ve never been allowed to tell our story… that’s the consistency.”

A recurring theme in the episodes is just how intrusive the media has been and their unfair treatment of Meghan. Harry reveals that he’s always been uncomfortable with the paparazzi since he was a child and believes the media see his “trauma” as their story to “control”.

What Harry and Meghan found even more troubling, as they reveal, is that the Palace acted as if the press’ treatment of Meghan was a “rite of passage”. The couple was advised not to respond to all kinds of accusations and stories in the tabloids.

Harry also reveals in the episodes that Meghan is similar to his mother, Diana. He said that he feared that “history would repeat itself” when he married Meghan.

In the series, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland speaks up for the first time. She discloses she had to explain to her daughter that the backlash to her presence in the royal family was “about race.”