Transcript for Prince Harry and Meghan’s highly anticipated docuseries drops overnight
- But now, to Harry and Meghan's new docuseries, the first three episodes dropped just hours ago. And our royal contributors are standing by with their instant reaction. But first, Lama Hasan is at Buckingham Palace with the intimate moments behind their palace exit, Harry and Meghan's early fears, the never-before-seen home videos, and more. Good morning, Lama.
- Yeah, good morning to you, Michael. We're getting unprecedented access to Harry and Meghan in these episodes. They are packed with personal photos and home videos because they want to tell their side of the story and their version of events, from when they first met to how they say they were treated by the media and the royal family, and finally documenting their departure-- now, interestingly, making a point at the beginning that all of these interviews were carried out before August 2022, which is before the Queen's death.
PRINCE HARRY: This is a great love story. And the craziest thing is that I think this love story is only just getting started.
LAMA HASAN: Overnight, Netflix dropping the first three episodes of The much anticipated series Harry & Meghan--
- So much of what Meghan is and how she is so similar to my mom. She has the same compassion. She has the same empathy. She has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her.
LAMA HASAN: --showing intimate home videos, the couple revealing how they met on Instagram.
- Someone who was a friend had this video. It was like a Snapchat.
- Oh, gosh. Just in that whole thing, it's like, dog ears.
PRINCE HARRY: Dog ears. And that was the first thing. I was like, who is that?
LAMA HASAN: But from those early days of secret romance, the series turns to the issues the couple faced.
- And I said to her-- I remember this very clearly-- that this is about race. And Meg said, Mommy, I don't want to hear that. And I said, well, you may not want to hear it, but this is what's coming down the pike.
LAMA HASAN: The pressure on Harry and Meghan, they say, was unbearable-- the couple documenting their departure from royal life.
- They are destroying us.
PRINCE HARRY (VOICEOVER): My job is to keep my family safe.
LAMA HASAN: And now they're opening up about what they went through.
- We weren't allowed to tell our story because they didn't want--
- We've never been allowed to tell our story.
- That's true.
- That's the consistency.
- That is consistent, yeah, until now.
LAMA HASAN: I guess that's why we're here.
- This family is ours to exploit. Their trauma is our story and our narrative to control.
LAMA HASAN: The couple saying tabloid interference was responsible for the estrangement of Meghan's father.
- Of course, it's incredibly sad what happened. 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.
LAMA HASAN: And the pair talking about introducing Meghan to the royal family.
- I curtsied as though I was like-- pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty.
LAMA HASAN: Their first meeting with his brother William and his wife Catherine also rather formal, according to Meghan.
MEGHAN: Even when Will and Kate came over, and I had met her for the first time, they came over for dinner. I remember I was in ripped jeans, and I was barefoot. Like, I was a hugger. I've always been a hugger. I didn't realize that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.
I guess I'd started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside. But that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.
- Now, Netflix also pointing out that the royal family declined to comment on the series. But palace sources say this claim is wrong, and they are not aware of any approach to Buckingham Palace. Now, the second and final installment of the docuseries drops next week. So brace yourselves for more revelations. George?
- OK, Lama, thanks. Let's bring in our royal contributors, Victoria Murphy, Robert Jobson. Robert, you've seen all three episodes so far. What do you think?
- George, I thought it's inevitably quite self-indulgent. I didn't think it dropped any major truth bombs like the Oprah interview. It really was, in places, quite difficult to watch. I thought some of the early footage, when they were talking into their phones, where Meghan was there with no makeup on, a towel on her head, you know, these seemed like the early stages to me of what you should be talking to a professional and give them help.
But I just thought it was quite painful to watch. But in other areas, you know, they're telling their story. It was quite predictable, I think, about the attack on the media. The media has got broad shoulders. It'll take it.
But a lot of it, I thought, was slightly hypocritical because, for example, Prince William and Harry had hit out at the Diana documentary on Panorama ever being aired again. William had said that after the Dyson report over here, criticized it as deceitful. Yet they used footage in this documentary of the Diana Panorama interview-- so slightly hypocritical in that respect.
GEORGE: Do you share that tough assessment, Victoria?
- Yeah, I mean, I certainly share the view that there weren't many bombshells in this, you know. It was three hours of programming, and there was nothing that I think the royal family will feel that they need to respond to. They've said that they're not responding.
But unlike the Oprah interview, there were no specific new allegations. What it really was was the couple's chance to tell their love story on their own terms. Their critics say, oh, they wanted privacy.
But actually, what they wanted was control. They wanted to be able to tell their story and have people see them how they want it to be seen. And I think that they will feel with this documentary that they have done that. I think that their fans will absolutely love the lots of behind-the-scenes footage that there is.
- And, Robert, do you believe that the rest of the royal family will remain silent?
- Yeah, I think they absolutely will. There's no point, really, George, in getting involved in a tit-for-tat argument with Meghan and Harry, or H&M, as they call themselves. But the reality is they've gone their own way. They've got their viewpoint. You know, they have got-- they have played the race card a little bit in this documentary, which, you know, the royal family could hit back at and say we're gonna try and do better.
But there's no real point. They're doing that anyway. I think the King and Prince William will stay silent and just get on with doing what they do in actions rather than words. And, frankly, I'm-- one thing I did think, George, was I felt it-- I found it quite, as I say, difficult to watch in places because I think that there were times in that documentary where Harry didn't know what day of the week it was. Meghan looked, really, at a loss. And I'm not sure, over the long term, that they're gonna look back at this as their finest hour.
- Victoria, how about the reaction of the British public?
- Well, it's early days yet, you know. People are just sort of waking up and getting to this. I think we'll see a reaction come in over the next 24 hours. But I would say there's nothing in there that I think will move the dial as far as public opinion goes. Meghan and Harry do tend to polarize opinion. They've got their staunch supporters, who I think will love or the elements of this where they get to see more of Harry and Meghan.
Then they've got their critics who I think will talk about privacy, who I think will say, they're saying what they've said before. They're criticizing. They're portraying themselves as victims. And I think people will criticize them for that. So I can't see anything here that I think will really move the dial.
GEORGE: Victoria Murphy, Robert Jobson, thanks very much.
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