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Harry is ‘like a child’ while Meghan Markle is the ‘dominant,’ body language expert claims

A body language language expert said Prince Harry conveyed a lot of intense emotions in the first episodes of his and Meghan Markle’s explosive Netflix docuseries. 

Expert Judi James told Femail that the Duke of Sussex, 38, was ‘full of anger’ and still in ‘mourning’ over the death of his mother, as he sat down to talk to the camera in the first three episodes of Harry and Meghan’s much-anticipated Netflix show. 

She added that he was also conveying a sense of ‘anxiety’ and looked like a child as he discussed his first date with his wife, 41, who gently scolded him about being ‘late,’ and that he looked like he has an ‘on-going’ fear of losing Meghan. 

She also added that he wasn’t afraid to share his disbelief as he recorded him in a raw selfie video taken from Heathrow Airport as he left the UK in March 2020.  

Expert Judi James told Femail that the Duke of Sussex, 38, was ‘full of anger’ and still in ‘mourning’ over the death of his mother, as he sat down to talk to the camera in the first three episodes of Harry and Meghan’s much-anticipated Netflix show

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 he was ‘literally brought up’ by a ‘second family’ in Africa where he chose to spend three-month stints in his late teens and twenties as he came to terms with his mother’s death.

Fear of losing Meghan  

Judi said that she felt Harry looked like he has an on-going fear of losing his wife. 

‘Harry’s fear of losing Meghan looks on-going, suggesting the kind of intense love that includes high levels of anxiety,’ the expert said. 

She also added that he carried this anxiety in the dynamic of his relationship with Meghan.  

‘He almost looked like a child as they sat together during their interview, gazing anxiously at Meghan’s face as she scolded him for arriving late for their first date and even whispering in a naughty aside to the camera about how ‘she was late’ for their second date,’ she said. 

Meanwhile, the expert added that Meghan appeared to be the dominant and most confident side of the relationship.  

‘Meghan looked like the confident partner here, describing herself as having a “career” a “life” and a “path” adding “and then came H” with a tolerant eye roll and sigh as she pressed her lips together and shook her head to suggest how he had disrupted her free, fun and successful life,’ she said. 

The body language expert added that Harry was also animated by a lot of anger, disbelief and grief. 

‘We see Harry in four key body language and emotional states here and the wreckage clearly comes before the crash,’ she said. 

Judi also added that he carried this anxiety in the dynamic of his relationship with Meghan. where she is the dominant one, and he is like a child

Judi also added that he carried this anxiety in the dynamic of his relationship with Meghan. where she is the dominant one, and he is like a child 

She added that he was also conveying a sense of 'anxiety' and looked like a child as he discussed his first date with his wife, 41, who gently scolded him about being 'late,' and that he looked like he has an 'on-going' fear of losing her

She added that he was also conveying a sense of ‘anxiety’ and looked like a child as he discussed his first date with his wife, 41, who gently scolded him about being ‘late,’ and that he looked like he has an ‘on-going’ fear of losing her 

Harry in disbelief 

Judi commented on the selfie footage Harry recorded from the lounge at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, which appears at the beginning of the documentary.  

‘The documentary begins with its clickbait image of Harry talking into his phone in a diary selfie, showing all the non-verbal signals of a man who has just witnessed or climbed out from a terrible disaster,’ the expert said. 

‘It is clearly intended to be emotionally raw and its portrayal of naked emotion makes it look like the kind of “intimate” video selfie that would normally be posted on video by celebrities and influencers,’ she said. 

Prince  Harry opens the docu-series from Heathrow as he left the country and frontline royal duties in March 2020

Prince  Harry opens the docu-series from Heathrow as he left the country and frontline royal duties in March 2020

She added the Duke of Sussex showed ‘high levels of stress or anxiety; and ‘signals of mental confusion,’ in the clip;  

‘He can’t remember the day of the week. His breathing and his accelerated blinking suggest adrenalin-fueled stress. His verbal fillers and his pauses plus his tongue-poke gesture hints at denial and overall he looks like a man still in shock,’ she said. 

‘He reveals he has just done his last stint of royal engagements but his “What happened?” makes it sound more like he has just been the victim of an accident or attack,’ she added. 

Mourning for Diana  

Judi also added that Harry was not afraid of showing emotions of sadness in the docuseries, especially as he talked about his childhood and Princess Diana (pictured, while greeting mourners after her death)

Judi also added that Harry was not afraid of showing emotions of sadness in the docuseries, especially as he talked about his childhood and Princess Diana (pictured, while greeting mourners after her death) 

Judi also added that Harry was not afraid of showing emotions of sadness in the docuseries, especially as he talked about his childhood and Princess Diana. 

‘Harry’s solo interview showed a man still mourning his mother and his own childhood,’ she said. 

‘With his eyes aimed at the interviewer rather than the camera he described how his life became toxic thanks to the press. 

‘His body language became more assured and adult here as he drove home the message “I am my mother’s son” while also telling us how Meghan is “So similar to my mum”.  

‘There were several moments of tears about Diana but they were heard in the breaks in his voice rather than seen on-camera,’ she added. 

A man full of anger 

The way Harry rubbed his chin during his interviews and the way he crossed his legs in front of him betrayed that he felt some kind of anger

The way Harry rubbed his chin during his interviews and the way he crossed his legs in front of him betrayed that he felt some kind of anger 

She also added that he wasn't afraid to share his disbelief as he recorded him in a raw selfie video taken from Heathrow Airport as he left the UK in March 2020

She also added that he wasn’t afraid to share his disbelief as he recorded him in a raw selfie video taken from Heathrow Airport as he left the UK in March 2020

Judi added that the Duke of Sussex also let his anger show in the first three episodes of the docuseries. 

‘Harry’s signals of anger and suppressed rage or resentment began to leak as he spoke about the press hounding he’d endured as a child,’ she said. 

‘His leg came up in a high cross barrier ritual to suggest isolation and a need for self-protection,’ he added.  

‘He rubbed his chin with his index finger in another partial barrier that also mimed a preparation for a fight and after his eyes narrowed in angry emotion they widened and his brows raised to suggest a desire to rebuke and take control. 

‘His head baton suggested non-negotiable decisiveness,’ she added. 

Man in Love

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 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

A pregnant Meghan Markle with her son Archie resting on her bump in the new Netflix series released today

A pregnant Meghan Markle with her son Archie resting on her bump in the new Netflix series released today

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

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

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

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

As the docuseries focuses on the early days of Meghan and Harry’s relationship, the body language expert said that we were introduced to ‘Harr the lover.’

‘In a complete mood-change we are then shown Harry the lover, falling for his wife and completely smitten and over-awed that she should “sacrifice everything to join me in my world” as though she had stepped from a palace to live in his hovel,’ she added. 

Harry also describes 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. 

And in a swipe at the choice of wives by his male relatives, viewed as an attack on his father and other senior royals, perhaps even his brother William, Harry insisted that his decision to marry Meghan sets him apart from his family because it was ‘from his heart’ and not because she ‘would fit the mould’.

The Duke of Sussex said: ‘I think for so many people in the family, especially obviously the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destined to be with. The difference between making decisions with your head, or your heart. And my mum certainly made most of her decisions – if not all of them – from her heart. And I am my mother’s son’.

There will also be some aspects of the series that will likely anger Prince William, including his younger brother’s decision to use a clip from their mother’s BBC interview with Martin Bashir, which the Prince of Wales said should never be shown again after she was duped into taking part. Justifying the decision, Harry told his documentary: ‘She felt compelled to talk about it. Especially in that Panorama interview. I think we all now know that she was deceived into giving the interview, but at the same time she spoke the truth of her experience’.

Meghan also hits out at the formality of the royals, describing meeting the Prince and Princess of Wales wearing torn jeans and bare feet. Discussing what happened, she said: ‘I was a hugger. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits’. 

She also admits to being baffled by the ‘formality’ of meeting the Queen for the first time, claiming she thought Harry was ‘joking’ when she learned she had to bow or curtsey and comparing her first meal at Windsor to a ‘Medieval Times, Dinner and Tournament’.

The highly-anticipated series is being put out in two parts, with the first three episodes of the six-part docu-series now available to stream online.

The series contains tears from Meghan, who Harry repeatedly compares to Princess Diana claiming that both his mother and wife were being hunted by the press. Meghan also claims that as an American she found the ‘formality’ of being in the royal family ‘surprising’ – declaring that meeting the Queen for the first time was a ‘shock to the system’. She said Harry had told her in the car: ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke’, she said.

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’. Harry claims that his family had dismissed her when they found out she was an American actress – but he insisted he knew in his ‘heart’ he would marry her because he is his ‘mother’s son’.

In episode one, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin by filming themselves on the day they ended their royal duties in March 2020, with Harry in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he flew to Canada. Meghan cries with a towel on her head as she declares: ‘I don’t even know where to begin’. Viewers pointed out this footage was captured six months before their $100million deal with Netflix was signed in September 2020.

The privacy-conscious couple have given extraordinary access to the streaming giant, including a treasure trove of pictures and footage from their private lives including of their children. There are also private texts and emails they shared at the time of their courtship. Meghan’s mother Doria also speaks publicly about their relationship for the first time.

MailOnline can reveal:

The first three episodes also cover Harry’s birth and upbringing and he blames the media for the failure of his previous relationships. The Sussexes then describe how they get together, their engagement and then quitting as frontline royals. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex discuss Megxit, racism and their new life in California. It also begins with a pointed comment that the Royal Family declined to comment on allegations in the show and reveals it was completed in August 2022 – before the death of the Queen.

Episode one begins with Harry filming himself at Heathrow Airport in March 2020 as he finishes his final royal engagements before emigrating. His wife, in Vancouver, breaks down on her bed as she says: ‘I don’t even know where to begin’.

The show opened with words written in white on a black background which said: ‘This is a first-hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story, told with never before seen personal archive. All interviews were completed by August 2022. Members of the royal family declined to comment on the content within this series.’

Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children

Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children

Harry and Meghan shared pictures of their courtship and their marriage together and with their children

Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Doria Ragland has spoken about her daughter relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in their new Netflix documentary

Doria Ragland has spoken about her daughter relationship with Prince Harry for the first time in their new Netflix documentary

The show reveals the texts and emails between the couple as their relationship began as well as  with a friend who set them up

The show reveals the texts and emails between the couple as their relationship began as well as  with a friend who set them up

Prince Harry, Meghan and Princess Eugenie (pictured together) party with Jack Brooksbank at a Halloween party the night before their relationship was revealed in the British press

Prince Harry, Meghan and Princess Eugenie (pictured together) party with Jack Brooksbank at a Halloween party the night before their relationship was revealed in the British press

The opening scenes of the first episode show an airport with a close-up of a departures sign while piano music plays over the footage.

It then cuts to Harry and words on the screen tell viewers he is in the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020.

He appears to be filming himself speaking into his phone camera and says: ‘Hi. So we’re here on Wednesday the something of March.

‘We’ve just finished our two weeks, our like final push, our last stint of royal engagements.

‘It’s really hard to look back on it now and go ‘what on earth happened’? Like, how did we end up here?’

As Harry speaks, images of the couple flash on screen, followed by newspaper headlines and broadcasters’ audio from coverage about their decision to step back from royal life.

The first episode then shifts to what appears to be phone footage, filmed vertically, showing Vancouver Island, Canada.

Meghan appears with a towel wrapped around her hair, appearing to speak into her phone camera, saying: ‘H is in London and I’m here.’

She shakes her head and says: ‘I don’t even know where to begin.’

The first episode of Harry & Meghan cuts to London in July 2016 and Harry can be heard saying that is when they met.

Meghan said another season of Suits was confirmed and she had plans to travel with friends having been ‘single for a couple of months’.

The episode features an interview with Meghan’s friend Lindsay Jill Roth, who says: ‘In the summer of 2016 she had a few different trips planned and she was just going to be free.’

This part of the episode features photos of Meghan with friends including Jessica Mulroney.

Meghan said: ‘I was really intent on being single and just have fun girl-time.’

Another friend called Lucy Fraser tells the documentary: ‘She had planned her single-girl summer and she had a lot of plans of going around Europe.’

It cuts to Meghan who says: ‘I had a career. I had my life. I had my path… and then came H.

‘I mean, he literally, talk about a plot twist.’

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.’

Meghan said she asked her friend who had contacted her about Harry if she could see his social media feed.

Speaking in the first episode, Meghan said: ‘That’s the thing. People say ‘did you Google him?’ No. That’s your homework… you’re like ‘let me see what they’re about in their feed’, not what someone else says about them, but what they are putting out about themselves.

‘That, to me, was the best barometer. So I went through and it was just like beautiful photography and all these environmental shots and this time he was spending in Africa.’

Harry said they then got each others’ numbers.

‘We were just constantly in touch,’ he said, adding that they decided to meet.

The Duke of Sussex has said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.

Meghan, talking about meeting the Queen during episode two of their Netflix documentary, said: ‘I didn’t know what I was doing.’

Harry went on: ‘I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed, some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves.

‘Because I think they were surprised. They were surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.

‘But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning, ‘oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’.’

Meghan added: ‘The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough. There is a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint – Hollywood – and it’s just very easy for them to typecast that.’

The first episode of the Netflix series 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.’

It shows footage, filmed by Meghan, of her in a garden saying: ‘Both the babies are down. Nice calm night. Just picking some roses.’

In an interview filmed for the documentary, Meghan says: ‘The past six years of my life, books are written about our story from people who I don’t know.

‘Doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?’

The Duchess of Sussex said 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.

The Duke of Sussex said it is important that he and the Duchess of Sussex ‘don’t repeat the same mistakes’ their parents made.

Episode two of Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan showed the duke walking with his son, Archie, who was speaking with an American accent.

Harry said: ‘My son, my daughter, my children are mixed race, and I’m really proud of that.

‘When my kids grow up, and they look back at this moment, and they turn to me and say ‘What did you do in this moment?’ I want to be able to give them an answer.

‘I think it is such a responsibility as human beings that, if you bring a small person into this world, that you should be doing everything you can to make the world a better place for them.

‘But, equally, what’s most important for the two of us is to make sure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes that perhaps our parents made.’

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.

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.

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?'

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'

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’

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

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

The 'unprecedented and in-depth' docuseries, directed by Oscar-nominated Liz Garbus, is billed as a Netflix global event, with Harry and Meghan sharing 'the other side of their high-profile love story'

The ‘unprecedented and in-depth’ docuseries, directed by Oscar-nominated Liz Garbus, is billed as a Netflix global event, with Harry and Meghan sharing ‘the other side of their high-profile love story’

After the initial opening scenes and introduction, the first episode of Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan opens with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sitting next to each other on a sofa.

Harry can be heard saying: ‘I’m nervous. Why am I nervous?’

The couple are shown footage of Meghan from Hello! Canada, filmed in October 2015, in which she is asked who she prefers out of Harry and his brother William.

In the footage, she laughs and says ‘I don’t know’ before the interviewer appears to say ‘Harry?’ and Meghan then says ‘Harry? Sure.’

It cuts back to the couple on the sofa and Harry, who found the footage funny, says it was ‘less than a year’ before they met.

Meghan then says sorry to Harry and adds: ‘I’d of course choose you.’

Harry replies ‘OK, great’, adding: ‘This just again shows how little you knew. And look at how far we’ve come.’

Episode three of Harry & Meghan sees the Duke of Sussex discussing his decade-long stint in the army and describing how that time ‘burst’ the bubble of his life in the royal family.

After footage of him meeting US servicemen and women, Harry says: ‘Working and living with normal people – and I fully appreciate my life is not normal – certainly has an effect on you. The bubble within the bubble that I was brought up in got burst.’

The Duke of Sussex said he and the Duchess of Sussex were keen ‘not to make the same mistakes our parents did’ while bringing up their children.

In part two of the couple’s tell-all Nextflix documentary series, Harry and Meghan spoke about how the breakdown of their parents’ marriages had affected their approach to raising son Archie, three, and daughter Lilibet, one.

Meghan said: ‘There’s so much from anyone’s childhood that you bring with you into the present. Especially when you’re the product of divorce.’

Harry added: ‘What’s most important to the two of us is to make sure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes that perhaps our parents made.’

‘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 once place to another or maybe your parents are competitive, or you’re in one place longer than you want to be or in another place less than you want to be. There’s all sorts of pieces to that.’

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.’

The first episode of the Harry & Meghan documentary shows footage of Montecito, California, in 2021, including a striking red sky.

The Duchess of Sussex can be heard saying: ‘Look at that. How would you describe it, Archie?’

And Archie can be heard saying the word ‘beautiful’, and Meghan replies: ‘It’s so beautiful.’

Phone footage filmed by the duchess shows the family out walking, with Archie running along in front and the Duke of Sussex pushing a pram.

Harry says: ‘This is a great love story. And the craziest thing is that I think this love story is only just getting started.

‘She sacrificed everything that she ever knew, the freedom that she had, to join me in my world, and then pretty soon after that I end up sacrificing everything that I know to join her in her world.’

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.’

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.’

In episode two of Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about how their relationship survived the increased media attention.

Meghan said: ‘When all of that started happening, my friends and people in my life who love me and care about me were like ‘Is he worth this? Like, we know you’re happy and we know that you love him. Is this worth this? Look what is happening to your life.’

‘We just did everything we could to be there for each other. We had to stay connected. We wouldn’t have survived it if we weren’t.’

Harry said: ‘I don’t know how we did it, but we did it. Most of the time we were on the other side of the Atlantic. She was in Canada working, I would try and get over to see her, and she would come over here and see me a hell of a lot more.’

The Netflix documentary showed text messages between the couple on organising trips back and forth to see each other as Meghan described landing in the UK, getting harassed and going to hunker down in Kensington Palace until she left.

Harry said: ‘Dating became this combination of car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises, which isn’t a particularly healthy way to start a relationship, but we always came at it with as much humour as possible.

‘Whenever we saw each other we would just give each other a massive hug and try and have as much of a normal life as possible.’

The Duchess of Sussex said she found the ‘formality’ of being in the royal family ‘surprising’.

Speaking in episode two of the six-part Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries, she 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.’

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.

‘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.’

Episode two opens in New York in November 2021, with Harry and Meghan getting into a car as a bodyguard discusses how to avoid photographers 'camped out' along the road

Episode two opens in New York in November 2021, with Harry and Meghan getting into a car as a 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 photographers on a scooter, with Meghan asking, 'Do we have that pap on a scooter again - the same guy', to which the bodyguard replies, 'yes'

As the couple become stuck in a traffic jam, they realise they are being followed by a photographers on a scooter, with Meghan asking, ‘Do we have that pap on a scooter again – the same guy’, to which the bodyguard replies, ‘yes’

In episode three of Harry & Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex reflected on the time leading up to their wedding in May 2018, claiming ‘salacious’ stories were ‘planted’ by the press.

She said: ‘We were playing whack-a-mole. Every day it was like ‘Wait, another one popped up – wait, stop, another story’. Constant. They were going through the woodwork and pulling out people to create and plant the most salacious stories that they could. Then it started to get scary.’

The documentary then features headlines from Australia’s New Idea, the US’s National Enquirer and the UK’s Mirror about their tightened security after a letter was sent holding white powder, sparking an anthrax scare.

Meghan adds: ‘It was on the heels of those terrorist attacks, so there is so much concern at the wedding. It was so scary. They were talking about getting snipers.’

She said that ‘behind the scenes’ she was ‘just turtling’.

In the first episode of Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex said a friend told them they should document this particular period of their lives.

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.’

The Duke of Sussex has said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her.

Meghan, talking about meeting the Queen during episode two of their Netflix documentary, said: ‘I didn’t know what I was doing.’

Harry went on: ‘I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed, some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves.

‘Because I think they were surprised. They were surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.

‘But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning, ‘oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’.’

Meghan added: ‘The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough. There is a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint – Hollywood – and it’s just very easy for them to typecast that.’

The opening credits of the documentary feature footage of Harry and Meghan in their carriage on their wedding day and an image of the late Queen in a carriage.

They also show the King at his investiture as Prince of Wales, Harry as a child with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Meghan facing into a sea of Union flags.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are shown introducing their son, Archie, to the media, Harry as a young man, the couple looking lovingly at one another, and what appear to be photo-booth style pictures of the pair having fun.

The image of Harry and Meghan showing Archie to the Queen, watched by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is also included. The opening credits also show Harry and Meghan enjoying the outdoors with their children.

Footage of the couple introducing son Archie to the media then plays with Harry’s voice saying: ‘My job is to keep my family safe. By the nature of being born into this position and with everything else that comes with it and the level of hate that is being stirred up in the last three years especially against my wife, and my son, I’m generally concerned for the safety of my family.’

Meghan can then be seen again, towel wrapped around her hair, saying: ‘I just really want to get to the other side of all of this.’

There is a pause where she sits silently and then she appears emotional and says: ‘I don’t know what to say anymore.’

In the opening of the first episode, Harry says: ‘So like 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.’

Meghan says: ‘Unfortunately, in us standing for something, they are destroying us.’

As the piano music continues to play, Harry says: ‘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.’

Harry and Meghan have branded their engagement announcement in 2017 an 'orchestrated reality show' in episode three of their bombshell Netflix documentary

Harry and Meghan have branded their engagement announcement in 2017 an ‘orchestrated reality show’ in episode three of their bombshell Netflix documentary

Harry and Meghan during an interview after announcing their engagement in 2017

Harry and Meghan during an interview after announcing their engagement in 2017

Meghan says she fretted over her outfit and whether her earrings were by a British designer, before making sure to remove the tags, as Harry adds: 'And then the zip breaks... the whole thing was just ridiculous.'

Meghan says she fretted over her outfit and whether her earrings were by a British designer, before making sure to remove the tags, as Harry adds: ‘And then the zip breaks… the whole thing was just ridiculous.’

Speaking about the press coverage of Meghan’s background during the second episode of Harry & Meghan, her mother Doria Ragland said paparazzi would take pictures of deprived neighbourhoods in Los Angeles.

Ms Ragland told the Netflix documentary: ‘They would take pictures of different parts of say Skid Row and say that is where I lived and that is where she was from.’

‘It was horrible,’ Meghan said.

‘But I continued to hold the line. Say nothing.’

The Duke of Sussex has said members of the royal family asked why the Duchess of Sussex should be ‘protected’ when they questioned newspaper headlines about her.

Speaking in episode two of Harry & Meghan, the six-part Netflix docuseries released on Thursday, he said: ‘The direction from the Palace was don’t say anything.

‘But what people need to understand is, as far as a lot of the family were concerned, everything that she was being put through, they had been put through as well.

‘So it was almost like a rite of passage, and some of the members of the family were like ‘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?”

‘I said ‘the difference here is the race element’.’

Buckingham Palace has been braced for the worst after two trailers revealed the couple claim they had no protection from royal officials and that aides actively leaked and ‘planted stories’ against them as part of a ‘dirty game’.

King Charles and Prince William are said to be ready to respond to the series if necessary. 

King Charles and Prince William are said to be poised to issue a ‘swift and robust’ response to any unjust claims in Harry and Meghan’s upcoming Netflix series – but William and his wife Kate are not likely to watch it themselves, sources said.

Members of the Sussexes' now defunct household are said to be 'seething with rage' over trailers for the six-part documentary

Members of the Sussexes’ now defunct household are said to be ‘seething with rage’ over trailers for the six-part documentary

The Royal Family believes the series will actually by slim on new revelations.

A source told The Mirror: ‘There’s a real feeling in the camp that Harry and Meghan are making a lot of noise and there isn’t much more to say.

‘But preparations are being made for all outcomes, especially if there are unjust accusations being made.’

Members of the Sussexes’ now defunct household are also said to be ‘seething with rage’ over trailers for the six-part documentary. 

Officials from both Buckingham and Kensington Palace will watch the first three episodes of the series on Thursday morning.

But it is understood that the Prince and Princess of Wales will refuse to watch the first three episodes of the documentary.

An insider also told The Sun that the royals are reluctant to engage in a tit-for-tat battle over the series.

They said: ‘If there are parts which are blatantly wrong, then it is only right that they are corrected.

‘The trailers already have some glaring errors and misrepresentations, which doesn’t bode well for the full series. But the plan is to keep schtum and carry on.’

But sources told the newspaper they are unlikely to respond until the full series has been released – due next Thursday.

Aides are understood to have been briefed by the King and Prince of Wales to issue a ‘swift and robust’ response if required.

 ‘If there is a need to respond to anything in the upcoming series then you can be assured that response will be swift and robust.’

It is understood that Netflix offered a right of reply to senior royal to allow them the chance to respond to any allegations featured in the series.

But Buckingham and Kensington Palace both deny receiving any such approach.

Harry and Meghan, meanwhile, have vowed that it is just the ‘beginning’ and have earlier spoken of ‘sweeping down walls of oppression’.

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