As the world eagerly awaits the next installment of Harry & Meghan on Netflix, a new trailer for the forthcoming three episodes is causing controversy.
In footage taken from what Prince Harry calls their “freedom flight” from Canada to California in 2020, the couple claim that they are victims of “institutional gaslighting.”
In the teaser, Harry turns to the camera and says, “They were happy to lie to protect my brother,” although it is unclear whether he is referring to the palace or the media. There are two different versions of the trailer – one on Netflix’s website and one on the streaming service’s Twitter page. One suggests Harry is referring to the press; the other, the palace.The likelihood is that both the palace and the media will come under fire when the final episodes of the series are released.
Viewers will have to wait and see what evidence, if any, Harry and Meghan have to support their serious allegations that the palace worked against them in order to protect Prince William and Kate Middleton. Given Meghan has rehashed several old stories in the first three episodes, it’s likely that she will revisit the story over who made who cry at a bridesmaid dress fitting for Princess Charlotte in advance of Meghan’s 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. Reports at the time stated that Meghan made Kate cry but Meghan refuted that in the couple’s 2021 interview with Oprah, insisting that it was Kate who made Meghan cry.
It’s probable the Sussexes have other examples of when they felt unprotected and as Meghan says “fed to the wolves.” No doubt the palace will be watching closely and may be forced to issue a comment.
Harry has previously spoken of the unwritten contract between the media and the palace, which will be one of the major themes in the final three episodes of the series. For Harry, it’s a contract he feels fairly untreated by. He has long complained of the media intrusion into his life and he has spoken to me on numerous occasions about resenting the spotlight. But it is more than just that, he believes he has always been treated differently than William by the mainstream media, ever since he was a young boy which might explain some of his bitterness at being the “spare.”