39 of the Biggest Revelations From the "Harry & Meghan" Netflix Docuseries
After years of others attempting to tell their story for them, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally set the record straight in their Netflix docuseries, "Harry & Meghan," a six-part event directed by Liz Garbus and released in December that shares truths about everything from their unlikely friendship with Tyler Perry to the media's negative role in their relationship.
Through beautiful behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen footage, personal video diaries of Harry and Meghan, and new interviews, the Sussexes' documentary takes a deep dive into the unknown facts about what's transpired in their lives. At one point in the docuseries, Garbus asks Harry, "Why did you want to make this documentary?" To which he responds, "No one knows what's happening behind closed doors. I had to do everything I could to protect my family."
"Harry & Meghan" reveals intimate details about the couple's childhoods, their love story's beginnings, and how the fairy tale of their secret courtship was eventually rocked when their relationship was thrust into the public eye, forcing them to continue their relationship amid a barrage of racist media coverage. Meanwhile, Harry's eye-opening memoir, "Spare," which was released on Jan. 10, unearths more shocking details about his life story and his troubled relationship with the royal family.
Before you read his book, scroll ahead to learn the biggest revelations from "Harry & Meghan."
— Additional reporting by Joely Chilcott
Harry and Meghan Met Through Instagram
Many assumed Harry and Meghan met through their shared commitment to charity work, so you may be surprised to learn their first meeting was actually spurred on by something far more mundane.
In July 2016, Meghan was on a girls' trip through Europe with her friends during a filming break ahead of "Suits" season seven. One of Meghan's friends posted a photo of the actor with a 2016-era Snapchat dog filter, and she just so happened to be Harry's friend. Harry, seeing the picture, was instantly smitten. "I was like, 'Who is that?!'" Harry says of seeing Meghan for the first time.
The friend emailed Meghan, writing, "Between you and I, thought you might want to know this being newly single and all. I put our Snapchat on Instagram and Prince Haz follows me (he's a friend). He called me last night dying to meet you. Hehehe. I just might have to set you up."
After looking through Harry's feed, which consisted of beautiful photography and environmental shots from the time he spent in Africa, Meghan knew she wanted to meet him.
Harry Was Late For His First Date With Meghan
Harry may have nearly blown it with Meghan before they even began. The pair were set to have their first meeting at the private club Soho House, but Meghan was almost put off because Harry showed up half an hour late.
"He kept texting. He was like, 'I'm in traffic. I'm so sorry.' . . . Then, I didn't know him, so I was like, 'Is this what he does? Got it. This I'm not doing.'"
Meghan thought Harry might be someone with too big of an ego who thought any girl would sit and wait for him, but that worry was washed away when the prince finally arrived begging for forgiveness. "When I walked in, [I was a] hot, sweaty, red ball of mess," Harry recounts in the doc, looking mortified about his first-date flub.
Meghan realized Harry was earnestly interested in her and texted him before she was set to leave London to see if they could have one more date. That time, she was the one who was late for that date (but only by five minutes).
Meghan and Harry Traveled to Botswana Together After Only a Month of Long-Distance Dating
As a result of Meghan's busy filming schedule in Toronto and Harry's high-profile status in Britain, the pair were impossibly busy and an ocean apart. For that reason, much of their relationship's early days were spent sending photos to each other and FaceTiming. The pair only met in person twice before Harry invited Meghan to go on a trip to Botswana, Africa, with him, where they would spend five days together in a tent.
To say Meghan was nervous about the prospect would be an understatement. "What if we don't like each other?" she wondered. But when Harry greeted her in Botswana with a chicken sandwich in hand, her worries melted away.
They shared their first kiss on that trip, and they knew they wanted to make things work.
Meghan Had a 2-Week Dating Rule With Prince Harry
After their Botswana trip, Harry and Meghan knew they wanted their relationship to work. Knowing long-distance relationships are hard, Meghan made a rule that they needed to see each other every two weeks. Since it was easier for her to take commercial flights, it meant she would fly to London regularly so she and the prince could get to know one another even more. As a result, they dated mainly on the palace grounds.
Meghan and Harry Had 1 Last Night of Fun When the UK Media Discovered Their Relationship
On Oct. 29, 2016, Harry and William's communications secretary, Jason Knauf, informed Harry that a tabloid had scooped the story about him dating Meghan. Realizing their lives would change the next day, they decided to go out and have fun on their last night as a private couple. Along with Princess Eugenie and her now-husband, Jack Brooksbank, the pair dressed in costumes that concealed their identities, went to a Halloween party, and had a fantastic night.
Doria Ragland Wishes She'd Had the Race Conversation With Meghan Earlier
As the media began to follow Meghan and pick apart her every move, her mom, Doria Ragland, knew there was a racial component to the way her daughter was being treated. But Meghan, who is mixed race and grew up somewhat removed from much of the overt racism Black people face, didn't see it. "I said to her . . . 'This is about race,' and Meg said, 'Mommy, I don't wanna hear that.' And I said, 'Well, you may not want to hear it, but this is what's coming down the pike,'" Ragland says.
"It's very different to be a minority but not be treated like a minority right off the bat," Meghan explains in the doc about growing up mixed race. "Obviously, now people are very aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK. But before that, most people didn't treat me like a 'Black woman.' So that talk didn't have to happen for me."
Ragland reveals that, in hindsight, she wishes she'd prepared Meghan better. "As a parent . . . absolutely I would like to go back and have that kind of real conversation about how the world sees [Meghan]."
The Royal Family Saw the Press's Treatment of Meghan as a Rite of Passage
More negative coverage with racial undertones hit the press, including headlines that said Meghan was "Straight Out of Compton" and claims that Meghan grew up with Ragland on Skid Row.
"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," Harry explains. "And some of the family were like, 'Well, 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.'"
Paparazzi Stalked Meghan on the Set of "Suits"
As soon as the media found out about Meghan and Harry's relationship, paparazzi began to stalk her to get exclusive, unauthorized photos of her. This meant trying to buy call sheets so they would know when she would be on set, using long lenses to get a view of her from far away, following her onto the set, and breaking into the trailer area to get photos of her coming and leaving. Eventually, "Suits" production was forced to cage in the trailers.
"So 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 and following me everywhere I go, and I feel scared," wouldn't you say it was stalking?'" Meghan shares how unsafe she felt on set. "And they said, 'Yes, but there's really nothing we can do because of who you're dating.'"
Things only changed when Meghan received a death threat, at which point she was given a security detail.
Meghan Was Surprised by How Formal the Royal Family Are in Private
As a celebrity, Meghan always understood the dynamic of having a forward-facing version of herself that's very formal. Still, she was used to letting that go and relaxing in private with her close friends and family. Unfortunately, that wasn't quite the case with the royals, she soon learned.
"Now, I know so much, and I'm so glad I didn't then because I could just authentically be myself without so much preparedness," Meghan explains, sharing how she was in ripped jeans and barefoot when she met Prince William and Kate for the first time. She also shares that she's a hugger, which she realized is "really jarring for a lot of Brits" (though it's unclear if this was an issue with William and Kate).
"I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside," Meghan shares.
The Royal Family's Biggest Issue With Meghan Was Her Job as an Actress
Harry recounts how the royal family were "incredibly impressed" with Meghan when they first met, adding, "Maybe surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman." But while the press may have been hyperfocused on Meghan's race, the royals were more concerned about something else.
"But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning," Harry shares. "'Oh, she's an American actress. This won't last.'"
"There's a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint," Meghan adds. "You know, Hollywood? It's very easy for them to typecast that."
Meghan and Harry Had an Animal-Onesie Engagement Party
After Harry got permission from Queen Elizabeth to propose to Meghan in November 2017, he planned to surprise her with a proposal at a private dinner on palace grounds. But he gave himself away when he popped a bottle of magnum Champagne (which he doesn't drink) while she was roasting chicken.
Meghan, catching on, called a friend and said excitedly, "It's happening, it's happening!" when Harry went outside to bend down on one knee next to their dog Guy and 15 glowing candles he'd set up in the North Garden.
Meghan happily accepted his proposal (though Harry joked she had no choice because she had already moved her dog, Guy, over to London, and he was holding him "hostage").
The pair celebrated the proposal with friends. Everyone dressed in animal onesies, and Meghan and Harry wore penguin onesies because penguins mate for life.
Meghan Is Closer to Samantha Markle's Daughter Ashleigh Hale Than She Ever Was to Samantha
Samantha Markle, Meghan's half-sister on her paternal side, is well-known for giving regular negative interviews about Meghan, claiming they were very close until Meghan joined the royal family. According to Meghan, however, these claims are untrue, but she was never at liberty to tell her story because the palace's policy was not to respond.
Meghan says she doesn't have any memories of Samantha from childhood because Samantha was grown and had moved out by the time Meghan was growing up and spending weekends with their father, Thomas Markle Sr. They hadn't seen each other for a decade by the time Meghan became engaged to Harry, and that meeting had only been a day and a half.
Meghan is, perhaps surprisingly, closer to Samantha's daughter Ashleigh Hale. Hale was raised by her grandparents from the age of 2, and they ultimately adopted her. Hale lost contact with Samantha when she was 6, but they reconnected in 2007, at which point Meghan was excited to reach out and meet her niece.
The pair went on trips together and bonded. "We just hit it off," Meghan says of their instant connection. Photos of Meghan and Ashleigh's excursions are featured in the docuseries.
"I think she takes on a lot of roles for me," Hale says of her relationship with Meghan. "There's like a sister element. There's something maternal. She's a best friend. She's kind of all the things."
"I think we both craved the same thing," Meghan adds. "I wanted a sister, and she was like a little sister . . . Ash was put through quite a bit by the media just by association. I didn't want her life to be plagued with all that drama."
When Meghan began dating Harry, Hale noticed that Samantha became resentful of Meghan. No matter what Hale said, her mother would just get angrier and angrier, until they eventually stopped talking. "Some people, you just can't reason with," Hale said.
Meghan Was Told by the Palace She Shouldn't Invite Hale to Her and Harry's Wedding
Unfortunately, Samantha drove somewhat of a wedge between Meghan and Hale. With the palace's press team being unwilling to respond to Samantha's claims and clarify the nature of Meghan's relationship with her, it seemed to them impossible to invite Hale to the wedding lest it generate more questions among the press.
"They just couldn't wrap their heads around it. And I have compassion for it," Meghan explains. "'How do we explain that this half-sister isn't invited to the wedding, but that the half-sister's daughter is?'"
In the end, Meghan was forced to deliver the news to Hale that she wouldn't be able to attend the royal wedding, describing the call as "painful."
"I think I said I was hurt on some level, but I understood where it was coming from," Hale said about the call. "To know that it was because of my biological mother that this relationship that was so important to me was impacted in that way. To feel like, because of her, it was taken away, it's been hard."
Wearing a Nazi Costume to a Party Is One of Harry's "Biggest Mistakes in Life"
Harry says fighting racism and unconscious bias, which he acknowledges he is not immune to, is very important to him. In fact, wearing a Nazi costume to a party in 2005 — which made headlines at the time and has followed Harry through life — is something he's still striving to make right.
"It was probably one of the biggest mistakes in my life," Harry says about the moment. "I felt so ashamed afterward. All I wanted to do was make it right. We sat down and spoke to the chief rabbi in London, which had a profound impact on me. I went to Berlin and spoke to a Holocaust survivor . . . I learned from that."
The Press Fabricated Many of the Royal Protocol Rules Meghan Supposedly Broke
While Meghan was, indeed, forced to learn tons of new royal protocol rules when she joined the royal family, the press heavily exaggerated the amount of rules, especially when it came to how many Meghan was supposedly breaking.
Anyone who followed the royals in 2016 knows that there was a new headline pointing out yet another "royal protocol" blunder Meghan committed almost daily. Harry points out that most of those protocols were fabricated by the press for clicks, with Meghan calling it a "baptism by fire."
Meghan's Dad Ghosted Her When Word Got Out That He'd Staged Photos Before Her Wedding
In the days leading up to Meghan and Harry's wedding, Knauf became aware of a story that Meghan's father, Thomas, had accepted a large sum of money to stage photos ahead of her wedding. When Meghan reached out to confirm the story, Thomas denied the allegations. But when Thomas refused an offer from Meghan to fly him out of Mexico to London early, Meghan knew he was lying.
Despite the scandal, Meghan still wanted Thomas to be part of her wedding, but he stopped answering her phone calls. She learned through press reports that Thomas wasn't attending the wedding and that he had reportedly suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital, but she couldn't get in contact with him to confirm what was going on or send help.
In the end, Meghan received a strange text that said, "I've done nothing to hurt you, Meghan, or anyone else . . . I'm sorry my heart attack is there any inconvenience for you." Meghan found the text strange because it referred to her as Meghan (Thomas calls her Meg), so she believed someone else was speaking for Thomas at that point.
Harry Blames Himself For the Dissolution of Meghan's Relationship With Her Father
In an emotional moment, Harry admits that he blames himself for the dark turn Meghan's relationship with Thomas took. "It's incredibly sad what happened," he says. "She had a father before this, and now she doesn't have a father. And I shouldered that. Because if Meg wasn't with me, then her dad would still be her dad."
Meghan Played "Going to the Chapel" on the Morning of Her Wedding
Despite the weeks leading up to their wedding shrouded with drama due to Meghan's father, Thomas, not attending, she reveals she was actually calm when getting ready in the morning. Meghan, like thousands of brides-to-be on their wedding day, sipped on mimosas, ate croissants and, of course, played "Going to the Chapel."
With an estimated 115,000 people lining the streets of Windsor as Meghan arrived, Harry reveals, "There was an expectation, right? Diana's boy. There was an expectation to have a public wedding. It was like, 'Mission complete with William. Now, let's see if this goes the distance with Harry. And then we can actually go job done.'"
When Meghan arrived at Windsor Castle to walk down the aisle, she says, "I just remember thinking 'just take a deep breath and keep going.'"
King Charles III Helped Harry and Meghan Choose the Music For Their Wedding
Harry's dad, King Charles III, walked Meghan part way down the aisle on her wedding day. "Harry's dad is very charming, and I said to him, 'I've lost my dad in this.' So him as my father-in-law was really important to me. So I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes," she says.
While Harry chose the procession music ("Eternal Source of Light Divine" by George Frideric Handelit, FYI), it was actually Charles who chose the orchestra to play the music. The couple also had a gospel group, Kingdom Choir, perform at their ceremony, which Charles also had a hand in picking. "There wasn't too much pushback on that. Everyone was like, 'Gospel choir, what a wonderful idea. That's great,' Harry says. "And again, more help from my dad on that one."
Harry and Meghan's First Home Was a Small Cottage
Harry and Meghan's first home together after getting married was a small cottage with such low ceilings that Harry would often hit his head. Although they lived on the grounds of Kensington Palace, their first home was Nottingham Cottage. In episode four of their docuseries, the couple reveals that their friend Oprah Winfrey visited and commented on the modest space, saying, "No one would ever believe it."
Meghan and Harry Started Journaling When She Was Pregnant With Archie
Both Harry and Meghan knew early on that they wanted to become parents. "We started journaling right when we found out we were pregnant," Meghan says. "It was just, 'Dear baby, we're so excited to meet you one day.' And we'd take little snapshots and stick them in the journal. 'Here's an announcement that went out about you today.'"
The Press Made Unfair Comparisons Between Kate Middleton and Meghan
As Harry and Meghan's popularity grew, press coverage turned to become more negative with both Kate and Meghan often pitted against each other. Harry points fingers at the comms teams who, he says, would leak stories to the press about other principle members of the family to skew public opinion in favor of their own principles.
"The issue is when someone who's marrying in, who should be a supporting act, is then stealing the limelight, or is doing the job better than the person who is born to do this, that upsets people, it shifts the balance," Harry says. "Because you've been led to believe that the only way that your charities can succeed and the only way that your reputation can be grown or improved is if you're on the front page of those newspapers. But the media are the ones who choose who to put on the front page."
As a result, coverage of Kate and Meghan was blatantly biased. Press cuttings stating that Kate "tenderly cradles" her baby bump, while Meghan doing the same was "vanity" are shown. Headlines that Kate received avocado to help with morning sickness, while Meghan's love of the fruit was "linked to human rights abuse." Or that Kate wore "versatile shoes" while Meghan "broke royal protocol."
Harry says, "This is how it was covered for her. This is how it was covered for her. If you don't see the difference and understand why it's being reported that way then I can't help you. I can't, I'm sorry. I just can't."
Racial undertones within the press began ramping up, as Meghan was accused of diva behavior, and associations with drugs, and terrorism were being drawn.
Meghan Wasn't Allowed to Get Help When She Began Having Suicidal Thoughts
In a series of heartbreaking interviews, Meghan opens up about how low she really got. So much so that she began thinking, "All of this will stop if I'm not here. And that was the scariest thing about it, it was such clear thinking."
Meghan's mom, Doria, details how hard it was to hear that her daughter felt this way, and she was helpless to do anything about it. "I remember her telling me that she wanted to take her own life. And that really broke my heart, because I knew that it was bad but to just constantly be picked at by these vultures, just picking away at her spirit, that she would actually think of not wanting to be here," she says. "That's not an easy one for a mum to hear. And I can't protect her, H can't protect her."
Harry admits that he didn't deal with the situation in the way he should have. He was understandably "devastated" that his wife felt this way and knew she was struggling, but he didn't expect it to get this far. "I didn't deal with it particularly well. I dealt with it as institutional Harry, as opposed to husband Harry. And what took over my feelings was my royal role," he says. "I had been trained to worry more about 'what are people going to think if we don't go to this event? We're going to be late.' And looking back on it now, I hate myself for it."
In perhaps the most damning part of this section, Meghan reveals she wasn't allowed to seek help her depression and suicidal thoughts because "they were concerned about how that would look for the institution." As such, her world became very small and controlled, she was not even able to send her friends a photo without being granted permission.
Doria Stayed With Them For a Month After Archie Was Born
Even the birth of their first son, Archie, was surrounded by controversy. Due to Meghan's concerns around labor, she wanted to give birth at the Portland Hospital despite tradition dictating that most senior royals gave birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital and posed for photos on the steps outside. A photo call was unable to happen at Portland Hospital, and so the press got their first sighting of the new royal family in the palace instead. Yet, this was not taken well. "The amount of abuse we got, especially you, but both of us, for not wanting to serve our child up on a silver platter, was incredible," Harry says.
Former BBC Radio DJ Danny Baker posted a racist tweet showing a couple holding a chimpanzee following Archie's birth and was later fired from his role. Doria stayed with the couple for the first month to help out, before Lorren Khumalo became Archie's nanny. She would wrap him in a mud cloth and tie him to her back to take him on walks, like they would do in Zimbabwe. "She just took care of, not just Archie, but she took care of us. She definitely took care of me," Meghan says.
The Queen Advised Meghan to Send her Dad a Letter
With Thomas Markle continuing to accept more media interviews, but still refusing to speak to Meghan, she turned to the Queen for advice on what to do. "It was incredibly painful. And the world is watching this drama play out. And then he started criticizing the royal family, but it was very embarrassing for the family. It was a problem that needed to be solved and they wanted me to make it stop," she says. "So I reached out to Her Majesty, and I was like, 'This is what's going on, what do you want me to do? Whatever advice you have.' But ultimately it was suggested by the Queen, the Prince of Wales, that I write my Dad a letter."
Knowing she needed to send the letter discreetly, she sent it to her business manager in LA first, to then forward onto her dad in Mexico. As soon as she saw the proof of postage signature, she knew it had not been signed for by her father. Just days later, the Daily Mail printed the correspondence, but omitted sentences and words to "paint a completely different picture of who I am and my relationship with my Dad."
The couple say that the newspaper knew the royal family wouldn't sue them, so Harry and Meghan sought their own legal advice from Schillings Law Firm. "That litigation was the catalyst probably for all of the unravelling," Meghan says.
The Royal Family Knew Harry and Meghan Wanted to Move 2 Years Prior to Leaving
The couple's decision to move from London and carry out Commonwealth duties abroad was far from a surprise. In fact, they had discussed moving to New Zealand in 2018, and moving to South Africa in 2019. The relocation to Africa had even been signed off by the Queen, Charles, and William's offices.
However, the news was leaked to The Times newspaper. As soon as it became public debate, the plan was scrapped. Yet Harry's frustration around moving to Canada was fueled because "...the family and their people knew that we were trying to find a different way of working for a minimum of two years."
Prince Harry Realized the Palace Was Leaking Their Plans to the Press
The Sussexes tried to find a way to serve the Queen while also leaving London, so they could distance themselves from the Royal Rot. "The pack of the royal rota is based there in London, so if we're not there, they can't cover what we're doing. You guys can be on the front page of all the papers, and you can have it exactly the way you want it, and we can just go on doing the work in the name of the Queen," Meghan says. The royals considered places like Canada, New Zealand, and then briefly landed on South Africa.
Unfortunately, the plan to move to South Africa was leaked to "The Times," and thus was immediately scrapped. "It's now become a public debate," Harry shares. "Once plans like that become public debates, nine times out of ten, it's going to fail."
The couple and the Palace then came to a decision they would move to Canada, so Charles asked Harry to put the plan in writing despite Harry's concerns it would be leaked to the press. Sure enough, the email — in which Harry noted that "if this wasn't going to work out, then we would be willing to relinquish our Sussex titles if need be" — was leaked to the press.
"It became clear the institution leaked the fact that we were going to be moving back to Canada, and the key piece of that story that made me aware that the contents of the letter between me and my father had leaked is that we were willing to relinquish our Sussex titles," Harry says. "That was the giveaway."
The Palace Purposely Excluded Meghan From the Sandringham Summit
Harry soon realized they needed to have a sit-down meeting with the queen, Charles, and Will if they were going to nail down the Sussex's plan for their future once and for all. "I sent an email to the three most senior private secretaries saying, 'Let's have a meeting. Let's get together and have a meeting. Let's talk about this, because what was playing out in public was crazy.' And that meeting was rejected," Harry shared.
It wasn't until Meghan had boarded a flight to return to Archie in Canada that the palace arranged a meeting with Harry. "Imagine a conversation – a roundtable discussion – about the future of your life when the stakes are this high, and you – as the mom and the wife and the target in many regards – aren't invited to have a seat at the table," Meghan said of being excluded.
"It was clear to me that they planned it so that you weren't in the room," Harry said.
Prince William Screamed at Prince Harry During the Meeting About Stepping Back as Senior Royals
It's no secret that tensions between the two once-close brothers has been bubbling, but Harry reveals for the first time just how heated discussions became during their urgent meeting in Sandringham to discuss the logistics of Harry and Meghan stepping back as senior royals. Harry proposed having a "half in, half out" position where they would have their own jobs and still work in support of the Queen, all at their own expense. But this was not up for debate.
"It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me, and my father say things that just simply weren't true, and my grandmother, you know, quietly sit there and sort of take it all in," Harry says. "But you have to understand that, from the family's perspective, especially from hers, there are ways of doing things, and her ultimate mission goal/responsibility is the institution."
William, as heir to the throne, has a responsibility to keep the institution thriving, but Harry alludes it has come at the expense of their bond. He says, "The saddest part of it was this wedge created between myself and my brother."
The Palace Lied About Harry Signing the Letter Denying Bullying Allegations Against Will
When reports that part of the reason Meghan and Harry were stepping down as working royals was due to Will bullying Meghan, the Palace took no time at all in releasing a letter denying the claims. "Once I got in the car after the meeting [at Sandringham], I was told about a joint statement that had been put out in my name and my brother's name squashing the story about him bullying us out of the family," Harry said.
The problem was, Harry had nothing to do with the letter. "I couldn't believe it. No one had asked me. No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that," Harry shared. "And I rang M and I told her, and she burst into floods of tears, because within four hours, they were happy to lie to protect my brother, and yet for three years, they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us."
It was then that Harry and Meghan realized that the Palace was never going to defend them.
Harry Made the Final Decision to Step Down as Working Royals, Not Meghan
Despite the overwhelming narrative that Meghan was the one who influenced Harry to distance himself from the monarchy, he says in the documentary that it was his decision entirely. "He never would have been attracted or interested in me if he wasn't already on his own path," Meghan added.
Harry and Meghan Were Only Given 3 Weeks to Find New Security
When Harry returned to Canada, the Sussexes' house was surrounded by press: "boats in the water, cars up the drive, individuals trying to jump over the fence and take photos over the fence," Harry recounted.
When Meghan asked Harry if the Palace would pull their security now that they were stepping down as working royals, Harry insisted they wouldn't considering how much of a threat they were under. He was surprised to learn he was wrong, though.
"I said 'No, they would never do that.' And they did it." The palace left Harry and Meghan only three weeks to find new security for his family.
Harry and Meghan Had Never Met Tyler Perry Before Moving Into His House
On March 14, 2020, Harry and Meghan left Vancouver Island after their location and security had been compromised. With no official plan, Meghan reached out to Tyler Perry. He had written a letter to Meghan before the wedding with good wishes, saying he would always be there if she needed anything. "I was a wreck. I was just crying and crying. Sometimes it's easier to just open up to someone who knows nothing at all, and that was that moment with me and Tyler," Meghan says.
Without having actually met in real life, Perry offered them his Los Angeles home, telling them to stay as long as they needed. They only saw a short video of the entrance before arriving with 13 suitcases. In total, they stayed for six weeks, and Archie even took his first steps in the garden. "No one knew. My family still thought I was in Canada," Harry confesses.
Harry Believes That Meghan Suffered a Miscarriage "Because of What the Mail Did"
On the first morning that Harry and Meghan woke in their new home in Santa Barbara, CA, Meghan miscarried. This was a particularly tumultuous time for the couple, who were working on a legal case against Associated Newspapers, which included the Daily Mail and the Mail Online, and Meghan says she was stressed and not sleeping.
"I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what the Mail did," Harry claims. "I watched the whole thing. Now, do we absolutely know that the miscarriage was caused by that? Of course we don't. But bearing in mind the stress that caused, the lack of sleep, and the timing of the pregnancy, how many weeks in she was, I can say, from what I saw, that miscarriage was created by what they were trying to do to her."
Four months later, Meghan wrote a piece for The New York Times. "I could make the choice to never talk about those things, or I could make the choice to say, 'With all the bad that comes with this, the good is being able to help other people.' That's the point of life, right? It's connection and community like that."
Beyoncé Texted Meghan After the Oprah Interview
Harry and Meghan might be two of the most famous people on the planet, but even they were starstruck when Beyoncé texted after the Oprah interview.
"I still can't believe she knows who I am," Meghan says as Harry gasps and exclaims, "Shut up!" in a cute moment of normality. Beyoncé texted to check in with the couple. "She said she wants me to feel safe and protected. She admires and respects my bravery and vulnerability and thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed." Harry replies, "That's well said."
Later in the docuseries, Harry also receives a text from his brother about the Oprah interview and is visibly shaken. "I wish I knew what to do," he says.
Tyler Perry Is Lilibet’s Godfather, but He Skipped the Christening
Perry became very close to Meghan and Harry thanks to all the help he gave them amid their move to California. For this reason, they thought he was a perfect option for a very important role in their daughter Lilibet's life. "We'll call, we'll chat, and we'll talk about silly things, and they were pretty serious on the phone. I go, "Okay, what's going on?" They said, "Well, we'd like for you to be Lili's godfather."
Perry was "honored" and accepted happily, but he had one reservation. "'Hold on a second. Does this mean we gotta go over there and do all that in the church with them and figure all that out?'" he says, recounting their conversation. "'Because I don't want to do that.'"
The Palace May Have Consented to a Senior Aide Helping the Mail Amid Their Legal Battle
Right before the Sussexes were set to go to appeal in their case against The Mail, Jason Knauf -- then, a senior member of the Duke of Cambridge's team -- came forward with a witness statement that The Mail ultimately relied on in court. Meghan and Harry's lawyers claim the statement wasn't required by the court. "Sadly, there's just no way he could have done that without the authority of his bosses," Afia says.
In one scene, Meghan and Harry are seen expressing their frustration over how The Mail and the palace would inevitably attempt to cover up their symbiotic relationship by referring to Knauf only as "a former aide of Meghan and Harry," rather than his then-current role of aide to the Cambridges. "That's why I'm not living in a different country," Harry says. "Because all the comms teams basically try to outdo each other, but this is the contract. The symbiotic relationship between the two institutions working the best they can."
At the end of the docuseries, a statement from a representative of Knauf claims the Sussexes claims Knauf submitted the statement with the consent of Will's office were false, claiming the Sussexes and Associated Newspapers asked him to submit evidence and that he did so "staying neutral in the process." The Sussexes dispute these claims, denying they asked Knauf to submit a statement and adding they "don't believe Mr. Knauf remained 'neutral' by submitting a witness statement relied on by Associated Newspapers whilst working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."
Meghan and Harry Are Still Close With Princess Eugenie and Ashleigh Hale
Various clips at the end of the docuseries break down what life is like for the Sussexes in California. It's revealed, for example, that the couple is still close to family members fans may have assumed they would no longer associate with.
Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie, is seen visiting for the Super Bowl in 2021 and playing with Archie on the beach. Meghan also revealed she reconnected with her niece, Ashleigh Hale, at the end of 2021. "I texted her and she was just immediately happy to be reconnected," Meghan shares.
"I missed so much of Archie's life, but it doesn't necessarily feel like it. I think we immediately had this bond," Hale shares. "So to just kind of experience them growing up, feeling like I'm in their life for that has been really good."
Harry Misses the "Weird Family Gatherings" in the UK
Since officially leaving the UK at the beginning of 2020, Harry admits there are elements he misses about life in London. "The weird family gatherings when we're all sort of brought together under one roof for certain times of the year," he reminisces. "Being part of the institution meant that I was in the UK so I miss the UK. I miss my friends. I've lost a few friends in this process as well."
Harry also reflects on where he has ended up in the world, and believes he has followed in his mother's footsteps. "I changed to the point that I'd outgrown my environment. Therefore, this was the most obvious place to come. It's one of the places where I think my mum was probably going to end up living, potentially."