‘Now strip them of their titles!’: Tory MP leads calls for Harry and Meghan to lose Duke and Duchess status after ‘aggressive and unbelievable’ attacks on UK – as Netflix show slams Queen’s Commonwealth legacy as ‘Empire 2.0’ and links Brexit to racism
- Conservative MP Bob Seely is proposing a law to allow for Prince Harry and Meghan to lose their royal titles
- A Private Members’ Bill would amend 1917 Titles Deprivation Act which was used against war enemies
- Mr Seely says the couple are ‘monetising’ their status and should give up titles in wake of their Netflix show
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex discuss Megxit, racism and their new life in series rocking Royal Family
- First three episodes are streaming now, with second volume of three set to be released on Netflix on Dec 15
- In episode 1: Prince Harry and Meghan film themselves on the day they quit as frontline royals in March 2020
- In episode 2: Duke of Sussex compares his wife to his mother Diana and says she was being hunted by media
- In episode 3: Harry and Meghan have branded their engagement in 2017 was an ‘orchestrated reality show’
A Tory MP is leading calls for Harry and Meghan to lose their royal status because the couple are ‘monetising’ their titles with ‘aggressive and unbelievable’ attacks on Britain, as their Netflix show makes attacks on the Queen’s Commonwealth legacy and dubs the UK racist.
Bob Seely told MailOnline he is tabling a Private Members’ Bill that would give the Privy Council power to downgrade their status.
Meghan and Harry today used their $100million deal with the streaming giant to launch fresh swipes at the Royal Family and Britain in shows being described as transatlantic ‘TV bombs’ hurled at The Firm.
As part of their $100million deal with Netflix, the privacy-conscious couple have handed over a trove of pictures and video from their relationship including the moment Harry proposed in 2017 and filming himself in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he emigrated in March 2020.
The first three episodes contain a series of barbs that will upset his father King Charles III, including Harry’s claim that there is a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family – with reference to Princess Michael of Kent wearing an offensive Blackamoor-style brooch in front of his wife at Buckingham Palace.
There is also a suggestion that the UK is racist and more obsessed with race than the US, with Meghan declaring that she ‘wasn’t really treated like a black woman’ until she came to Britain.
The show also brands the Queen’s much-loved Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0’, while other claims are made that ‘nothing has changed’ from the UK’s colonial past, and Brexit supporters are accused of being racist and having ‘horrible views.
To change the royal couple’s status, legislation would amend the 1917 Titles Deprivation Act that was used to remove honours such as peerages from enemies who supported German aggression in the First World War.
The Isle of Wight MP said the couple were ‘monetising’ their titles with ‘aggressive’ and ‘unbelievable’ attacks on the Royal Family and Britain.
Backbench Bills rarely become law, but Mr Seely said presenting the proposals to the House will be ‘a start’.
A Tory MP is launching a bid to strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles in the wake of their extraordinary Netflix drama
There is also a suggestion that the UK is racist and more obsessed with race than the US, with Meghan declaring that she ‘wasn’t really treated like a black woman’ until she came to Britain
The first three episodes contain a series of barbs that will upset his father King Charles III, including Harry’s claim that there is a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family
Bob Seely told MailOnline he is tabling a Private Members’ Bill that would give the Privy Council power to downgrade their status
In the opening scenes, Harry says: ‘We’ve just finished two weeks, out final push, our list stint of royal engagements. ‘It’s really hard to look back on it now and go what on earth happened?’
The first episode, which is 56 minutes long, shared the impact of Harry’s childhood in the public eye and their secret relationship in the early days. Its Netflix tags were ‘Riveting’, ‘Investigative’, and ‘Docuseries’
It was business as usual for King Charles today, who appeared in great spirits as he attended a community hub in King’s Cross, London
It comes as the couple’s bombshell Netflix documentary has been accused of attacking the late Queen’s legacy after branding the Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0’.
The association of nations, much-loved by Her Majesty, is given the label by academic Afua Hirsch, while author Kehinde Andrews claims ‘nothing has changed’ from the UK’s colonial past, apart from the Royal Family’s ‘better PR’.
The commentators suggest this racist legacy made it difficult for Meghan to be both assimilated into the firm and widely accepted and loved by the British public.
But the comments have been described as ‘deeply offensive’ by some viewers.
They also discuss Princess Michael of Kent a Blackamoor-style brooch to a pre-Christmas event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017. She was forced to apologise.
Harry said: ‘In this family sometimes your part of the problem rather than part of the solution. And there is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias is actually no one’s fault.’
Meghan adds: ‘Obviously now everyone is aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK. Before then. I wasn’t really treated like a black woman’.
MailOnline can also reveal:
- Harry claims he was ‘brought up by friends in Africa’ in fresh attack on Charles;
- Meghan and Harry shared pictures from Archie’s first birthday party;
- The couple revealed what really happened on their first date;
- The Sussexes shared unseen photos with their beloved dogs;
- Meghan lifts the lid on her ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham;
- Netflix show is branded a ‘TV bomb’ for the royal family;
Harry and Meghan kiss in the behind closed doors Netflix series. Harry says he made decision to marry Meghan ‘with his heart’ because he is ‘his mother’s son’ and claims his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her
Harry and Meghan signed lucrative deals, thought to be worth well over £100million, with the streaming giant and Spotify, after quitting as senior working royals in 2020 following family rifts and struggles with royal life
But the 41-year-old Duchess compared the ‘surreal’ encounter with the late Queen to a night out at American themed-dinner institution Medieval Times. She is pictured with the Queen in Chester in 2018
The Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2017 with Harry, Prince Philip and the Princess of Wales, then the Duchess of Cambridge), talks about her first festive season with the Royal Family in her and Prince Harry’s new documentary
The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service today, with three explosive episodes available so far
Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children
Meghan and Harry share a candid shot with Doria and Archie on his birthday as the privacy-conscious couple released a stream of family pictures and even texts and emails
A pregnant Meghan Markle with her son Archie resting on her bump in the new Netflix series released today
Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit
Meghan and Harry’s Netflix episodes in full
EPISODE ONE: The Duke of Sussex reveals he ‘had to quit’ royal duties to protect Meghan Markle as he compared the former Suit actress to his late mother Princess Diana in the first episode of the couple’s bombshell Netflix series.
It features Harry filming himself in the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, on the day of Megxit, when the couple decided to leave the royal family. It will inevitably raise questions about just when the couple decided to work with Netflix on their incendiary docuseries.
It also reveals:
– Harry said a friend told the couple they should document a period of their lives, which they agreed to due to the ‘misinformation’ about them.
– Harry said he first spotted Meghan on a friend’s Instagram.
– Harry and Meghan said they had their first date at 76 Dean Street – and the Duke was late.
– Meghan’s friend Silver Tree said the Duchess was ‘crazy’ about Harry after meeting him.
– Harry said there is a temptation in the royal family to marry someone who ‘fits the mould’.
– The Duke recalled his childhood was ‘filled with’ laughter, happiness, and adventure, and that he remembers his mother’s ‘cheeky laugh’.
– Harry said: ‘The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi.’
– The Duke praised his mother, Diana, for her efforts to ‘protect’ him and his brother from the media.
– Harry said his mother was ‘compelled’ to talk about her life.
EPISODE TWO: Features Meghan’s mother, Doria, speaking on camera for the first time about her daughter’s relationship with Prince Harry.
She tells interviewers the last five years have been ‘challenging’ but is ‘ready to have my voice heard’.
It also reveals:
– The Duke said members of the royal family asked why Meghan should be ‘protected’ or given ‘special treatment’ when they questioned newspaper headlines about her.
– Harry said negative press coverage about Meghan had a ‘race element’.
– Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland told of paparazzi taking pictures of deprived neighbourhoods in Los Angeles and saying that was where she was from.
– The Duke said articles in the press had ‘racist undertones’ as well as ‘outright racism’.
– Harry went on to talk about his children, saying he is ‘really proud’ they are mixed race.
– The Duke said he and the Duchess of Sussex were keen ‘not to make the same mistakes our parents did’ while bringing up their children.
– The King’s second son said the early stages of dating were ‘car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises’.
– Meghan found the ‘formality’ of being in the royal family ‘surprising’, saying she realised people in the UK found hugging ‘really jarring’.
– The Duke of Sussex described how Meghan meeting the Queen for the first time was a ‘shock to the system’, saying it was ‘weird’ telling her to curtsy to his grandmother.
– Harry said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.
– The Duchess of Sussex said the media would find a way to ‘destroy’ her ‘no matter how good’ she was.
EPISODE THREE: Harry and Meghan call their engagement announcement in 2017 an ‘orchestrated reality show’ – and experts take aim at the ‘racist’ history of the British empire, and its Kings and Queens.
It also reveals:
– Harry believes there is a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the royal family.
– Meghan claimed stories were ‘planted’ in the lead up to their wedding, with the couple ‘playing whack-a-mole’ with the press.
– Meghan described the time around their engagement as an ‘orchestrated reality show’, adding their interview after the announcement was ‘rehearsed’.
– Harry said he ‘shoulders’ the responsibility for the breakdown of Meghan’s relationship with her father.
– Harry said his time in the Army helped ‘burst’ the bubble of life in the royal family.
– Meghan claimed her elder half-sister Samantha Markle exaggerated the extent of their relationship.
– Meghan revealed her son Archie’s favourite song is Bennie And The Jets by Sir Elton John.
– Meghan discovered her father was going to attend her wedding ‘through a tabloid’.
Under the so-called ‘Megxit’ deal agreed in 2020, Harry and Meghan are still known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
They kept their ‘HRH’ prefix – His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness – but said they would no longer ‘actively use’ the titles.
‘If this guy hates the royals so much what is he doing parading and using his titles?’ Mr Seely said.
‘If Harry and Meghan had integrity and wanted to practise what they preach – if they think the Royal Family is so awful why do they use Royal titles when it benefits them?’
Mr Seely added: ‘I do think it is the decent thing for them to do to voluntarily give up their titles. If they don’t I think there are various people trying to put down Bills helping them to do that.’
Separately, Labour’s Rachel Maskell is putting forward similar legislation targeting the Duke of York.
Mr Seely said: ‘The way that Harry and Meghan are going, the idea that you can sit there and monetise your misery, monetise your royal status by attacking the royal family – I’m sorry I think something has got to give.
‘It is just very sad for them that they are parading their deep sense of victimhood when I think actually they are remarkably, remarkably privileged people.
‘Rather than telling people how miserable they are they should be actually helping others.
‘I don’t for one second believe that the Royal family is ”racist”.
‘I think it is highly dishonest and really quite unattractive to claim that. I suspect it is to justify their Netflix deal.
‘They have not got much to say. What they have said they have said before. So they are just saying the same thing in a more aggressive and frankly unbelievable way. I don’t believe a word of it.
‘I think so many people in this country are getting fed up with them and how they use their royal status to make tens of millions of dollars.’
In one segment of the documentary, Harry says the royal family has ‘unconscious bias’, and is ‘part of the problem’ when it comes to racism in Britain.
Other parts of the show feature left-leaning academics commenting on Britain’s colonial history and calling the late Queen’s Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0’, and it also accuses Brexit supporters of being racist and having ‘horrible views.
A senior Tory told MailOnline: ‘Meghan needs to get this massive chip off her shoulder. The world has a problem with racism.
‘Every country has a problem with racism, every single country. The UK is no exception.
‘It is a problem in the UK that is becoming increasingly less. We have Rishi Sunak as PM.
‘It seems to me that she has been walking around, and Harry too, actively looking to interpret things from a racist angle when actually they may well not have been racist.’
‘For Harry to talk about racist Britain, and a racist Royal Family… if they were racist they wouldn’t have allowed him to marry her.
‘He himself went into exile.
They have opted to bow out of royal life… but it is ironic that they are making their money by trashing the very institution they have walked away from. They should try to make their money without involving the Royal Family.
Nigel Farage also joined the criticism, branding Harry and Meghan ‘despicable’ after their bombshell Netflix documentary suggested Brexit contributed to the racism experienced by the Duchess.
The former UKIP leader, 58, took to social media to give his verdict following the release of the first three of six hour-long episodes, which were dropped by the streaming giant at 8am on Thursday.
He accused the Sussexes of labelling 52% of Brits ‘bad, racist people’, after one of the episodes said it created a ‘perfect storm for jingoism and nationalism’ and gave people with ‘really horrible views more strength and confidence’.
Downing Street also pushed back against the efforts to show’s efforts to link Brexit to racism.
Asked about Prince Harry’s comments about the EU referendum, the Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said: ‘I haven’t put those specific points to the Prime Minister but the British people made a decision, a democratic decision, which the Government has enacted based on taking control of things like our borders and our laws, which again, we have delivered.’
Tory MP Michael Fabricant also weighed in, accusing the Sussexes of recycling the ‘ignorant trope’ that all Brexiteers ‘are racists’.
Mr Farage said: ‘Well perhaps no great surprise that Harry and Meghan choose to use Brexit as one of the causes of the terrible racism that was put against them.
‘They draw on extreme left-wing historians, they draw on fake news headlines from The Guardian and elsewhere and what they’re really saying is that 52% of Prince Harry’s country of birth are bad, racist people.’
He said the series was, in the short term, all about ‘making money’, ‘dissing the Royal Family and the United Kingdom’, adding: ‘And in the long term, giving a political platform on which Meghan can launch her career in the USA.’
He said the couple are ‘nothing short of despicable’ over their ‘behaviour’ towards the Royal Family.
Nigel Farage (pictured), the former UKIP leader, 58, took to social media to give his verdict following the release of the first three of six hour-long episodes, which were dropped by the streaming giant at 8am on Thursday
Tory MP Michael Fabricant (pictured) also weighed in, accusing the Sussexes of recycling the ‘ignorant trope’ that all Brexiteers ‘are racists’
Tory MP Michael Fabricant told MailOnline: ‘It is a common and ignorant trope that people who voted for Brexit did so out of racism.
‘Most did so because they believed in the importance of sovereignty for our 1,000-year-old nation.
‘You would have thought Prince Harry would have had some sense of history, but I guess not. Instead he chooses to make ill-informed comments based on his own prejudices rather than any basis of facts.’
It comes after the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary today unleashed a series of incendiary claims labelling Britain a ‘racist’ country.
Lengthy segments are also given to academics Afua Hirsch and David Olusoga who say British tradition is ‘filled with racist imagery’ while discussing the country’s colonial legacy – and call anti-immigration sentiment in the UK a ‘cipher for race’.
The accusations are levelled across the first three hour-long episodes of Harry & Meghan, which dropped at 8am on Thursday.
The Commonwealth, much-loved by the late Queen, is branded ‘Empire 2.0’ by Ms Hirsch, while author Kehinde Andrews claims ‘nothing has changed’ from the UK’s colonial past, apart from the Royal Family’s ‘better PR’.
The commentators suggest this racist legacy made it difficult for Meghan to be both assimilated into the firm and widely accepted and loved by the British public.
Mr Farage accused the Sussexes of labelling 52% of Brits ‘bad, racist people’, after one of the episodes said it created a ‘perfect storm for jingoism and nationalism’ and gave people with ‘really horrible views more strength and confidence’
Harry and Meghan have branded their engagement announcement in 2017 an ‘orchestrated reality show’ in episode three of their bombshell Netflix documentary
Author Afua Hirsch (pictured) brands the Commonwealth Empire 2.0 in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary, before describing Harry as ‘anti-racist’
Ten claims made about Britain’s ‘racism problem’ and ‘painful’ colonial legacy in the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary
- Prince Harry says the Royal Family suffers from ‘unconscious bias’ and is ‘often part of the problem’ when it comes to racism in the UK
- David Olusoga says UK had ‘pretty toxic debate about the EU’ and adds that ‘immigration was at the absolute centre’ and ‘is very often in this country a cipher for race’
- Harry referenced an EU report that warned the Brexit debate was fueling a ‘culture war…[that] was going to become huge and a real problem’
- Academic Afua Hirsch says: ‘if you go into a palace or a stately home or anywhere that represents tradition you are likely to be faced with racist imagery’
- Hirsch also calls the Commonwealth is ‘Empire 2.0’. She said its description as a ‘club of friends who share common values’ is ‘problematic’
- Ms Hirsch says Britain thinks of its ‘painful’ colonial past as ‘all history’ and that there’s ‘no point looking back’, while ‘those in Britain who extracted wealth’ from colonies ‘continue to be inter-generationally wealthy’
- Author Kehinde Andrews says ‘nothing has changed’ from the UK’s colonial past, apart from the Royal Family’s ‘better PR’
- Ex-Palace spokesman James Holt said Brexit provided the ‘perfect storm’ that ‘gave credence to jingoism and nationalism and gave people with really horrible views of the world a little bit more strength and confidence’
- Meghan said people made ‘such an issue’ of her race when she moved to the UK, adding: ‘Before that, most people didn’t treat me like a ”black woman.”’
- Mr Olusoga said the fact that slave owners were compensated ‘for their human property’ is often ‘left out’ of history lessons, which he said is ‘just another way in which our memory of British slavery has been airbrushed out’
- Mr Holt says he was ‘oblivious’ to the legacy of the slave trade, claiming his teachers neglected to tell the full story and focused on the UK’s colonial power and ‘just how important the country used to be globally’
Even the UK’s departure from the EU is dragged into the fray, as Harry says the series is not ‘just about our story’, adding: ‘This has always been much bigger than us’, amid the back drop of a Brexit protest followed by former-PM Boris Johnson vowing to ‘take back control of this country.’
The visuals point to racism being a key factor behind the Brexit vote and suggest the wider political climate was hostile to Meghan becoming a royal.
The debate around Brexit is revisited at the end of episode two. Mr Olusoga says that the ‘fairy tale’ of Harry and Meghan was ’embedding itself in a nation that is having a pretty toxic debate about the European Union.’
He adds that ‘immigration was at the absolute centre’ of that debate, and that ‘immigration is very often in this country a cipher for race’.
A series of clips then shows British people making racist comments.
Harry then says: ‘So the EU commissioned a report in 2016, exactly the same time that our relationship became public. It warned that if the government wasn’t going to do something, or if the media aren’t going to sort themselves out, that a culture war that had already existed was going to become huge and become a real problem.’
Former Palace spokesman James Holt adds: ‘It was a perfect storm that gave credence to jingoism and nationalism and gave people with really horrible views of the world a little bit more strength and confidence to say what they wanted to say and do what they wanted to do.’
Asked about Prince Harry’s comments about the EU referendum, the Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said today: ‘I haven’t put those specific points to the Prime Minister but the British people made a decision, a democratic decision, which the Government has enacted based on taking control of things like our borders and our laws, which again, we have delivered.’
In the same episode, Meghan tells interviewers she felt a shift in treatment after moving to the UK.
‘At that time, I wasn’t thinking about how race played a part in any of this,’ she said. ‘I genuinely didn’t think about it.
‘It’s very different to be a minority but not be treated as a minority right off the bat…I’d say 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 happen for me.’
In the third episode, the Sussexes chart their relationship with the media from the announcement of their engagement in 2017 right up until the day before their wedding in May 2018.
It touches on Britain’s ‘racist past’ and various scandals to have hit the firm in recent years – including Princess Michael of Kent’s ‘Blackamoor-style’ brooch and Harry’s Nazi uniform furore.
Experts, authors and friends – including Meghan’s mother Doria and Serena Williams – are called upon to comment on how Britain’s history, the press and expectations from royal fans impacted the couple.
In the opening segment, Meghan claims ‘we’ve never been allowed to tell our story… until now’.
Mr Olusoga, author of Black and British, then tells interviewers: ‘Who dreamed that Britain would have a black princess? Who could have conceived that? It was the conclusion to a history that was so improbable, as to be astonishing.’
He and fellow author Afua Hirsch give a brief history lesson on Britain’s role in the Atlantic Slave trade and how it ‘fuelled’ the British empire, which was ‘financed by kings and queens right up until its abolishment’ in the early 1800s.
Ms Hirsch said Britain is often described of having its ‘own deep south’ that was ‘just as brutal’ as the US’s and that ‘actually enslaved more Africans’ than the Americans did, but that that deep south was the Caribbean.
But ‘it was out of sight and out of mind,’ she said, adding that the first slave voyage was ‘personally financed’ by Queen Elizabeth I and continued to be financed by kings and queens until abolishment.
‘Send them back home’: A man spouting anti-immigration rhetoric is featured in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary after a section about Brexit
‘Go back to Africa’: A racial attack on a bus is featured in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary
Even the UK’s departure from the EU is dragged into the fray, as Harry says the series is not ‘just about our story’, adding: ‘This has always been much bigger than us’, amid the back drop of a Brexit protest (pictured) followed by former-PM Boris Johnson vowing to ‘take back control of this country’
Lengthy segments are also given to academics Afua Hirsch and David Olusoga (pictured) who say British tradition is ‘filled with racist imagery’ and say anti-immigration sentiment is a ‘cipher for race’
According to Mr Olusoga, the fact that slave owners were then compensated to the tune of £20million ‘for their human property’ is often ‘left out’ of history lessons, which he said is ‘just another way in which our memory of British slavery has been airbrushed out of Britain’s story.’
James Holt, former Palace spokesman, tells producers he was ‘oblivious’ to the legacy of Britain’s links to the slave trade, claiming his teachers focused on the UK’s colonial power and ‘just how important the country used to be globally.’
Linking back to Harry and Meghan’s engagement, Mr Olusoga says he felt it could have shown the Royal Family had ‘caught up with the rest of Britain.’
Then recalling her first Christmas at Sandringham, Meghan said she found it ‘amazing’ as she was ‘with a big family like I always wanted.’
But things went awry when reports emerged that the Princess Michael of Kent wore a ‘Blackamoor-style’ brooch to the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch – which was widely viewed as ‘racist’.
Harry then says: ‘In this family, sometimes you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. There is a huge level of unconscious bias.
‘The thing with unconscious bias, it is actually no one’s fault. But once it has been pointed out, or identified within yourself you then need to make it right.
‘It is education. It is awareness. It is a constant work in progress for everybody, including me.’
Harry then spoke about when he wore a Nazi uniform to a private party in 2005.
He said: ‘It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right.’
James Holt (pictured), former Palace spokesman, tells producers he was ‘oblivious’ to the legacy of Britain’s links to the slave trade, claiming his teachers focused on the UK’s colonial power and ‘just how important the country used to be globally.’
Harry and Meghan during an interview after announcing their engagement in 2017
The third episode touches on Britain’s ‘racist past’ and various scandals to have hit the firm in recent years – including Princess Michael of Kent’s ‘Blackamoor-style’ brooch (pictured) and Harry’s Nazi uniform furore
Harry and Meghan Netflix episode THREE examines Britain’s history of slavery and racism – CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
The episode later reverts back to Britain’s colonial past as it gives a brief description of the founding of the Commonwealth.
Author Robert Hazell says the British monarchy is unique in that it is an ‘international monarchy’ as the King is the head of state in countries around the world.
The commonwealth is described as one the great ‘justifications’ for the continuation of the monarchy, but author Kehinde Andrews says nothing has changed since colonisation, only that the royal family uses ‘better PR’.
Britain played a ‘very strategic’ role in awarding former colonies independence, author Ms Hirsch tells viewers, ‘in a way that protected its commercial and capitalist interests.’
She said it created a ‘privileged club of formerly colonised nations called the Commonwealth’, which she said is still described as a ‘club of friends who share common values’.
She adds: ‘I find that language really problematic, I sometimes call the Commonwealth Empire 2.0, because that is what it is.’
Mr Andrews then adds: ‘They’ve not changed a thing they’ve just got better PR. If you look at the black people in the Commonwealth the conditions are almost just as bad as they were 50 years ago or 100 years ago.’
Ms Hirsch says the former colonies’ wealth was ‘extracted’ and that this is the root of the poverty plaguing some of the communities today.
She adds: ‘Those in Britain who extracted that wealth continue to be inter-generationally wealthy, those from whom it was extracted continue to be inter-generationally poor. It is a very clear economic relationship.
‘And yet the current narrative in Britain is that it’s all history and there’s no point looking back. It’s incredibly painful for the very many millions of British people who have a different memory of empire in their personal background.’
‘And yet here was a woman who just looked like most of the people in the Commonwealth,’ author Mr Olusoga added, ‘Meghan represented something… there was a hope that maybe this was a way of having these difficult conversations that had been pushed away so many times.’
The episode then tells the story of the murder of Stephen Lawrence and shows Harry speaking at a memorial to him, 26 days before his and Meghan’s wedding.
Ms Hirsch said the black community ‘really appreciated’ his speech, saying his and Meghan’s attendance was ‘really significant’.
She added: ‘It represented a direct attempt to speak to the pain many people still feel as a result of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
‘And that was really welcomed by many black communities in Britain. I always perceived Prince Harry as just another senior royal, a little bit racist, very ignorant.
‘But I have watched him on this journey and seen that he has really embraced the education that is required for someone like him to transform himself into an anti-racist.’
Netflix teases new Harry and Meghan bombshells in trailer for final three episodes of docuseries
Netflix has teased the final three episodes of Harry and Meghan’s explosive documentary.
A 30-second preview at the end of the third volume depicts the fallout from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s extraordinary decision to quit royal duties and plunge The Firm into crisis.
Harry is seen saying in an interview: ‘There was no other option at this point. I said, ”we need to get outta here”’.
The first three episodes are streaming now, with the second volume of three set to be released next Thursday.
Harry is seen saying in an interview: ‘There was no other option at this point. I said, ”we need to get outta here”’
A 30-second preview at the end of the third episode depicts the fallout from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s extraordinary decision to quit royal duties and plunge The Firm into crisis
During the trailer, Meghan says: ‘This is when a family and a family business are in direct conflict.’
The preview then cuts to images of the duchess appearing tearful, while another image shows Harry rubbing his face as a pregnant Meghan walks past.
The former Suits actress narrates: ‘Suddenly, what clicked in my head was, ”it’s never gonna stop”’.
In another part, the duke says: ‘Everything that’s happened to us was always gonna happen to us.’
The 20 bombshell revelations so far in Harry and Meghan’s explosive Netflix series
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive Netflix documentary has aired as the Royal Family braces itself for the revelations.
Harry & Meghan – a six-part docuseries – dropped on the streaming giant at 8am this morning in the UK, with the Windsors steeling themselves for bombshells in the first three episodes.
It contains a string of revelations and allegations about Harry’s mother Princess Diana, how the couple met, their first dates, ‘unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family and why the Sussexes ‘had to quit’ royal duties in March 2020, plunging the House of Windsor into crisis.
Here are 20 highlights from the explosive docuseries that is likely to rock ‘The Firm’ even further.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial Netflix documentary has aired as the Royal Family braces itself for the revelations
1. Harry claims they ‘had to quit’ royal duties to ‘protect’ Meghan
The Duke of Sussex claims he ‘had to quit’ royal duties to protect Meghan in the couple’s bombshell Netflix series.
In the opening scenes of the first episode of the six-part documentary, Harry insisted: ‘This isn’t just about our story. This has always been so much bigger than us. No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth.
‘The institution knows the full truth. And the media know the full truth because they’ve been in on it. And I think anybody else in my situation would have done exactly the same thing.’
The Duke also claimed that the couple made the docuseries to combat so-called ‘misinformation’ about them.
He said: ‘A friend of ours actually suggested that we document ourselves through this period of time.
‘With all of the misinformation that was going on out there, especially about us and the departure, it seemed like a really sensible idea.’
Meghan is then seen speaking into her phone camera and seems to ask if this is the first video she has filmed, saying: ‘I don’t know. We’ve talked about it. We keep talking about it, because we know that, right now it might not make sense, but one day it will make sense.’
In interview footage, she says: ‘We’ve been really conscious of protecting our kids as best as we can and also understanding the role that they play in this really historical family.’
2. Harry compares Meghan to his mother Princess Diana
In the first episode, Harry compares Meghan to his late mother, Princess Diana.
‘So much of what Meghan is and how she is, is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion. She has the same empathy. She has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her,’ he said.
Episode one features footage of a young William and Harry playing at a piano accompanied by their parents and interview footage of Diana talking about her two sons.
William appears to tell Harry not to stand on his toe, and Diana says: ‘William. He’s a typical three-year-old. Very enthusiastic. Whereas perhaps Harry is more quieter and just watches.
Harry compared Meghan to his late mother Princess Diana
The Netflix series compares images of Meghan and Diana with their children
‘He’s certainly a different character altogether.’
The footage also shows the King, then Prince of Wales, putting a white handkerchief on his head and making a funny face to try and get Harry’s attention for a photograph.
Harry tells the Netflix show: ‘My childhood, I remember, or was, filled with laughter, filled with happiness, and filled with adventure.’
He adds: ‘I don’t have many early memories of my mum. It was almost like internally I sort of blocked them out.
‘But I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh. Her always saying to me ‘Look you can get in trouble but just don’t get caught’.
‘And I’ll always be that cheeky person inside.’
This part of the first episode features footage of Harry and William as children.
Harry compared Meghan to Diana, saying they shared the same ‘compassion’
3. Duke: ‘I have internally blocked out early memories of Diana’
The Duke of Sussex has said he does not have many early memories of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, believing he has internally ‘blocked them out’.
Diana died in a car crash when Harry was just 12, but the duke, in his new Netflix documentary, said he still remembers her ‘cheeky laugh’.
Archive footage of Diana and Harry’s father, the then Prince of Wales, with Harry and his older brother William at Harry’s christening and during other arranged photocalls were shown in the tell-all series Harry & Meghan, which began streaming on Thursday.
‘My childhood, I remember, was filled with laughter, filled with happiness and filled with adventure,’ he says.
The Duke of Sussex has said he does not have many early memories of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, believing he has internally ‘blocked them out’
‘I don’t have many early memories of my mum. It was almost like internally I sort of blocked them out.
‘But I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh, her always saying to me ‘You can get in trouble – just don’t get caught’.
‘I’ll always be that cheeky person inside.’
Harry also spoke about his experience of facing photographers as a child.
‘The majority of my memories are of being swarmed by paparazzi,’ he said, adding that they rarely had a holiday without someone jumping out of a bush with a camera.
‘Within the family, within the system, The advice that’s always given is don’t react. Don’t feed into it,’ he said.
4. Harry: ‘I was pulled from one place to another during parents’ divorce’
The Duke of Sussex has spoken of being ‘pulled from one place to another’ during his parents’ divorce.
Speaking in episode two of the six-part Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries, released on Thursday, he said: ‘I think most kids who are the product of divorced parents have a lot in common, no matter what your background is.
‘Being pulled from one place to another, or maybe your parents are competitive, or you’re in one place longer than you want to be in, you’re in another place less than you want to be…
‘There’s all sorts of pieces to that.’
5. How Harry and Meghan met
Harry said he first spotted Meghan on a friend’s Instagram.
He said: ‘I was scrolling through my feed and someone who was a friend had this video of the two of them, it was like a Snapchat.’
An image of Meghan with the popular dog ears filter is then shown.
Harry said: ‘That was the first thing. I was like ”who is that?”’
Meghan said the friend then sent her an email, the words of which are typed out on the screen, saying: ‘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 might just have to set you up’ (sic).
Meghan’s reply, which was also typed out on screen, was: ‘Who is prince haz?????’
Below her reply viewers can see the words: ‘Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse all technological mishaps. I’m a Luddite.’
The show reveals the texts and emails between the couple as their relationship began as well as with a friend who set them up
Meghan and Harry early in their relationship. The Duke of Sussex has said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.
6. Harry and Meghan’s first date (which the Duke was late for)… and their third date in Botswana
Harry and Meghan say they had their first date at 76 Dean Street – and Harry was late.
The Duchess of Sussex said: ‘You were late. And I couldn’t understand why he would be late.’
She said he kept texting to apologise and to explain he was stuck in traffic.
Harry said: ‘I was panicking. I was freaking out. I was, like, sweating.’
Meghan said she feared Harry may be a guy with an ego who would make a woman sit waiting, but when he arrived she could see he was genuinely embarrassed about being late.
‘He was just so fun, just so refreshingly fun, and that was the thing, we were like child-like together,’ Meghan said in the first episode.
The couple’s first date lasted an hour and they had a ‘great chat’, viewers of the first Netflix episode will learn.
Meghan said: ‘I called him that evening and I was like ‘I’m leaving the day after tomorrow, do you want to grab dinner tomorrow night?’
‘And I’m sure he thought it was so forward and American. I’m sure he told me it was so forward and American.’
They had dinner at the same place as they had their first date.
A picture is shown of Meghan nuzzling into Harry as Meghan tells the documentary: ‘There was one photo. We just wanted to capture the feeling of just sitting in that little restaurant and going ‘Oh my gosh. We were going to give it a go’.’
Harry said: ‘That was when it just hit me. I was like, OK, this girl, this woman, is amazing, is everything that I’ve been looking for. And she’s so comfortable and so relaxed in my company.’
Meghan said: ‘He had a list apparently of what he was looking for.’
She said it was an ‘extensive’ list, and Harry said: ‘Let’s not go there.’
Harry and Meghan spent their third date in Botswana, their explosive Netflix docuseries revealed.
Harry and Meghan spent their third date in Botswana, their explosive Netflix docuseries revealed
7. Meghan recalls ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family and reveals funny moment she had with Prince Philip
Meghan recalled her ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family in her Netflix documentary.
The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service today, with three explosive episodes available.
In the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, talks about her first festive season with the Royal Family in 2017, recalling a funny moment she shared with the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham,’ Meghan said. ‘Calling my mum, and she’s like, ”How’s it going?”. And I said, ”Oh my gosh, it’s amazing.”
8. Halloween with Eugenie and Jack
Harry and Meghan shared previously unseen photographs as they partied with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Halloween in their new Netflix documentary.
The Duchess of Sussex previously revealed how she and the Duke went out incognito in Halloween costumes with his cousin and her then boyfriend for a final night out before their relationship was revealed on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
And in the first episode of their new £88 million Harry & Meghan series today, the couple shared a number of photographs from the big night out.
In one snap, Meghan and Harry can be seen crowding in for a photograph with Eugenie and Jack, as well as another friend, Marcus.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared previously unseen photographs as they partied with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Halloween in their new Netflix documentary
In one snap, Meghan and Harry can be seen crowding in for a photograph with Eugenie (pictured)
Speaking about the event in 2016, Meghan recalled going to a Halloween party with Prince Harry
In another photo from the big night, Meghan and Harry snuggle up for a snap together (pictured)
In one snap from the big night out, Meghan can be seen posing for a playful selfie with Princess Eugenie
9. Meghan meeting the Queen… and learning how to curtsy
The Duke of Sussex described during episode two how Meghan meeting the Queen for the first time was a ‘shock to the system’.
Harry said: ‘My grandmother was the first senior member of the family that Meghan met. She had no idea what it all consisted of so it was a bit of a shock to the system for her.’
Meghan said: ‘There wasn’t like some big moment of ‘Now you’re going to meet my grandmother’. I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before.
Meghan said she was shocked at the formality of the Royal Family and showed how she bowed for the first time when she met the Queen
‘We were in the car and we were going to Royal Lodge for lunch, and he’s like ”Oh, my grandmother’s here, we’re going to meet her after church.” And I remember we were in the car driving up and he’s like ”You know how to curtsy, right?” And I just thought it was a joke.’
Harry said: ‘How do you explain that to people? How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother? And that you will need to curtsy. Especially to an American. That’s weird.’
Meghan added: ‘Now I’m starting to realise ‘This is a big deal’. I mean, Americans will understand this… We have medieval times, dinner and tournament. It was like that.’
10. Meghan’s ‘jarring’ first meeting with William and Kate
Speaking in episode two of the six-part Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries, the Duchess said: ‘When Will and Kate came over, and I met her for the first time, they came over for dinner, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot.
‘I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.
‘I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.
‘There is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door and go ‘You can relax now’, but that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me.’
11. Harry: ‘There is a ”huge level of unconscious bias” in the royal family’
The Duke of Sussex said there is a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the royal family during episode three of his Netflix series Harry & Meghan.
The documentary referenced when Princess Michael of Kent wore a Blackamoor-style brooch to an event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017.
Harry said: ‘In this family, sometimes you are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. There is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias, it is actually no one’s fault. But once it has been pointed out, or identified within yourself you then need to make it right.
‘It is education. It is awareness. It is a constant work in progress for everybody, including me.’
Episode two opens in New York in November 2021, with Harry and Meghan getting into a car as their bodyguard discusses how to avoid photographers ‘camped out’ along the road
As the couple become stuck in a traffic jam, they realise they are being followed by a photographer on a scooter
12. Duke compares paparazzi chasing Diana to Meghan being trolled online
Harry compared paparazzi following Diana to the online harassment faced by his wife Meghan, telling episode two of their bombshell Netflix series: ‘To see another woman I love go through this feeding frenzy is hard.’
The Duke of Sussex told how his wife has been repeatedly targeted by social media trolls, and described the relationship between the duchess and her online critics as ‘basically the hunter versus the prey.’
Harry, narrating, says: ‘Back in my mum’s days, it was physical harassment, cameras in your face, people chasing you. Paparazzi still harass people, but the harassment exists more online now.
‘Once the photographs are out and the story is next to it, then comes the social media harassment. To see another woman in my life who I love go through this feeding frenzy, that’s hard. It’s basically the hunter versus the prey.’
13. Archie has an American accent!
Archie speaks with an American accent in private footage shared by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as part of their new Netflix programme.
The first three episodes of the bombshell docuseries offer insight into their family life in Montecito, California and glimpses of Archie, three, and daughter Lilibet, 18 months.
These include revealing Archie’s favourite song is Bennie And The Jets by Elton John, and showing a photo from what appears to be his first birthday.
The first episode shows a barefooted Harry pushing Archie across the floor as he sits on a wheeled suitcase.
It cuts to Harry saying: ‘As a dad, and as parents, I think consent is a really key piece to this.
‘That if you have children it should be your consent as to what you share.’
14. Harry on Megxit day
In the opening scenes, Harry is shown at Heathrow airport in footage he filmed himself in March 2020 at the culmination of the Megxit crisis
In the opening scenes, Harry is shown at Heathrow airport in footage he filmed himself in March 2020 at the culmination of the Megxit crisis and as he prepared to leave the UK for the last time as a senior royal.
‘This is about duty and service and I feel as though, being part of this family, it is my duty to uncover this exploitation and bribery that happens within our media,’ he says.
Meghan is seen separately, filming herself in Vancouver wearing a towel on her head and saying: ‘Unfortunately, in us standing for something, they are destroying us.’
15. Couple claim Buckingham Palace ‘declined to comment’ on allegations made in series
The series began with a written statement on a black background saying it is a ‘first hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story told with never before seen personal archive’.
It said all interviews were finished in August 2022 and ‘members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series’.
Harry’s father King Charles and brother William, along with Camilla and Kate, are not expected to watch the series, but royal aides will be tasked with closely monitoring the output and considering if and how to respond.
The King and the royal family will be carrying on with royal duties as normal on Thursday, with the documentary coinciding with the first circulation of coins bearing Charles’s effigy in post offices around the UK – symbolic of the adjustments continuing in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Prince Harry and Meghan shared a snap from their son Archie’s first birthday in their explosive Netflix documentary today
16. Harry and Meghan share snap from their son Archie’s first birthday
Harry and Meghan shared a snap from their son Archie’s first birthday in their explosive Netflix documentary.
The image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrating their little boy’s big day is among the first royal fans have seen of Archie as the couple have been notoriously private about him.
However in the first episode of their new £88million Netflix documentary, they shared a series of photographs and clips of Archie, including him seeing snow for the first time.
Highly personal clips show him running on the beach, at their home and the couple snuggling up with the toddler.
17. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland reveals she instantly knew Harry was ‘The One’ for her daughter
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has revealed she instantly knew Harry was ‘The One’ for her daughter from their first meeting.
Doria Ragland has spoken about her daughter relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in their new Netflix documentary
Appearing in the couple’s new bombshell Netflix series, the yoga instructor, 66, from LA, revealed that she’s ‘ready for her voice to be heard’ after a ‘challenging’ five years.
Speaking straight to camera, the mother was quizzed by producers about the first time her daughter told her about her new royal romance back in 2016.
Recalling their phone conversation, Doria says Meghan – who was starring as Rachel Zane in Suits at the time – whispered: ‘Mommy, I’m going out with Prince Harry.’
Doria said: ‘I started whispering [and said] ‘oh my god!’
During that first phone call, Meghan told her mother that she needed to keep her relationship a secret. The mother explained: ‘From the beginning, it was very sort of… nobody could know.’
The Duchess of Sussex appeared bare-faced and with her hair wrapped in a towel within moments of her Netflix documentary series
She continued: ‘He was this 6’1 handsome man with red hair, [he had] great manners. He was just really nice. They look really happy together. He was The One.’
18. Bare-faced Duchess appears in tears with hair in towel
The Duchess of Sussex appeared bare-faced and with her hair wrapped in a towel within moments of her Netflix documentary series.
Meghan reflected on her decision to step back from royal duties in a clip filmed in Canada, with the duchess shown in a low-key denim shirt and jeans.
It was a far cry from the usual ultra-glamorous Meghan, who is known for her love of designer brands and highly personal jewellery, the public may be used to seeing.
19. Meghan claims media would find a way to ‘destroy’ her… ‘no matter how good’ she was
The Duchess of Sussex claimed that the media would find a way to ‘destroy’ her ‘no matter how good’ she was.
Episode two of the Harry & Meghan six-part Netflix docuseries appeared to link the EU referendum to a ‘culture war’ in the UK at the time of their engagement in 2017.
Speaking about the press coverage of her, Meghan said: ‘At that point, I was still very much believing what I was being told, which was ”it will pass it will get better, it’s just what they do right at the very beginning”. This promise of ‘once you’re married, don’t worry, it’ll get better, once they get used to you it’ll get better, of course it’ll get better’.
‘But truth be told, no matter how hard I tried, no matter how good I was, no matter what I did, they were still going to find a way to destroy me,’ Meghan added.
20. Harry’s regret at dressing up as a Nazi
Harry spoke about when he wore a Nazi uniform to a private party in 2005.
He said: ‘It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I felt so ashamed afterwards. All I wanted to do was make it right.’
Harry, who was 20 at the time, was pictured holding a drink and cigarette, while wearing the costume.
Clarence House issued a response saying Harry had apologised for any offence or embarrassment caused.
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