Netflix has released another glimpse of its much-anticipated documentary about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, which has left some royal reporters in the UK up in arms.
In the latest trailer, the couple appears to offer more insight into their decision to step back as senior working royals in 2020.
Since moving to the US, Prince Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, has had a strained relationship with his family.
In a bombshell interview last year, he told Oprah Winfrey that he and Meghan had to retreat from their roles for his wife’s survival.
They alleged racist treatment from the British tabloids and a lack of care from his own relatives left Meghan deeply distressed and contemplating suicide.
The latest clip released online from Netflix suggests the couple will not remain silent about their experiences.
“No-one knows the full truth,” Harry says in the video.
“We know the full truth.”
‘There’s a hierarchy in the family’
The new trailer promises that the sprawling, six-part documentary will delve into the dynamics of the so-called ‘Firm’.
The nickname, used by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, acknowledges that as well as being a family, the House of Windsor includes courtiers and staffers who keep the business of the monarchy going.
The Netflix video suggests that Prince Harry will accuse members of The Firm of leaking stories to the tabloids.
“There’s a hierarchy of the family,” Harry says.
“There’s leaking, but there’s also planting of stories. It’s a dirty game.”
It’s not yet clear if he’s alleging that palace aides or his own relatives have leaked against him.
Friends and experts who appear in the clip say that a “war” was declared against Meghan to suit other people’s agendas.
They also alleged much of it was motivated by “race” and “hatred”.
In their interview with Oprah last year, both Prince Harry and Meghan confirmed that racism from the tabloid press was a “large part” of why they left the UK.
Harry also suggested that while he was able to break free, his father King Charles III and his brother Prince William remain “trapped” in The Firm.
“With that relationship and that control and the fear by the UK tabloids, it’s a toxic environment,” he said last year.
The parallels between Meghan and Diana
In the new trailer, Prince Harry draws parallels between the treatment of his late mother, Princess Diana, and his wife.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 after her intoxicated driver careened through a tunnel at high speed to avoid the paparazzi.
Over the years, Harry has repeatedly criticised the media for what he claims is its culpability in his mother’s death.
“The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life,” he said last year.
In the video, Harry slams the treatment of both his mother and his wife.
“The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy,” he says.
“I was terrified. I didn’t want history repeating itself.”
Amid a montage of clips showing both Diana and Meghan chased by huge swarms of photographers, the Duchess of Sussex weighs in.
“I realised, ‘they’re never going to protect you’,” she says.
It’s not yet clear to whom she’s referring.
But Meghan has previously said she felt that the royal family and its courtiers failed to speak up for her when she was bullied and vilified by the British press.
Earlier this month, a former top UK counterterrorism official said that he believes the threats to Meghan’s safety were very real.
Neil Basu was head of the counterterrorism unit for the Metropolitan Police when the couple first married in 2018.
He said there were credible threats emerging from Britain’s far-right against the newly minted Duchess.
“Absolutely, and if you’d seen the stuff that was written and you were receiving it … the kind of rhetoric that’s online, if you don’t know what I know, you would feel under threat all of the time,” he told Channel 4.
‘Waging a war against the palace’
This week is set to be a big one for Prince Harry and Meghan.
Tomorrow, they will accept the Ripple of Hope award from the Robert F. Kennedy foundation in New York.
Kerry Kennedy, who is the daughter of the late Senator Kennedy, said they’re being rewarded for challenging the royal family’s “power structure”.
She said that they took a “heroic stand” against “structural racism within the institution” of the monarchy.
The forthcoming documentary, which appears to openly criticise the invisible contract between royal reporters and the monarchy, is causing a stir among their ranks.
Katie Nicholl, who writes for Vanity Fair, said that the documentary makes clear that the couple has “declared war on the palace”.
The Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English called the clip “highly partisan” and said it sets out “their fairly predictable and well-worn claims”.
‘This is a full frontal, extremely destructive attack on the royal family — the institution as well as members of those households,” royal author Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Mail.
How to watch the series
As well as releasing a new trailer, Netflix has confirmed details about the documentary’s release.
The US streaming giant says Volume One , which includes episodes 1 to 3, will stream on December 8.
Volume Two, with episodes 4 to 6, will be out December 15.
Typically Netflix uploads new content to its platform at midnight Pacific Time in the US.
That would mean Volume One should be available in Australia from 7pm AEDT this Thursday.