The Duke of Sussex said he felt a responsibility to uncover “exploitation and bribery” in the media, who “knew the whole truth”.
The first three episodes of the Netflix documentary about Harry and Meghan begin with the Duchess of Sussex accusing the media of wanting to “destroy” her and claiming that “vulgar” stories are made by the press. “planting”.
Harry also spoke of the “harassment” his mother Princess Diana had to endure and the fear that Meghan would also be “shunned by the media”.
In the opening of the first episode, the Duke said: “So like duty and service and I feel as though part of this family, it is my duty to uncover the behavior Exploitation and bribery happen in our media.”
Meghan said: “Unfortunately, we stand for something, but they’re ruining us.”
As the piano continued to play, Harry said: “This is not just our story. This has always been a lot bigger than us. No one knows the full truth. We know the whole truth. Organizations know the full truth. And the media knows the whole truth because they participated in it.
“And I think anyone else in my situation would do exactly the same thing.”
The documentary appears to link the EU referendum to a “culture war” in the UK at the time Harry and Meghan got engaged in 2017.
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Speaking about the press coverage of her, Meghan said: “At the time, I still believed a lot of what I was told, which was ‘it’s better in the end, that’s just what they did right away. from the beginning’. .
“The promise of ‘we’ll be happy when we’re married, it’ll get better, when they get used to it, it’ll get better, of course it’ll get better’.
“But the truth is, no matter how hard I try, no matter how good I am, no matter what I do, they will still find a way to destroy me.”
Reminiscing about the time before her wedding on May 19, 2018, Meghan said: “We were playing mole-smashing.
“Every day it’s like ‘Wait, another story comes out – wait, stop, another story’. Constant. They are looking through furniture and engaging people to create and spread the most compelling stories they can. Then it started to get scary.”
The documentary features titles from Australia’s New Idea, the US National Enquirer and the UK’s Mirror about their tight security after a letter was sent containing white powder, sparking fears about anthrax.
Meghan, who once said she was “just reeling” backstage, explained: “It was after those terrorist attacks, so there was a lot of concern about the wedding. It’s scary. They are talking about hiring snipers.”
The three episodes also saw Harry reflect on his relationship with the media over the years.
Looking back on his childhood, he said in the first episode: “Most of my memories are of being surrounded by paparazzi. Rarely do we go on a vacation without someone carrying a camera, you know, jumping out of the bushes or something.
“In the family, in the system, the advice that is always given is ‘Don’t react, don’t get into it’. There’s always public pressure with much of the drama, tension and also tears, and witnessing those tears.
“I can always see it on my mother’s face. And I guess those are the moments where I think ‘OK, maybe wait, what am I? Who I am? What am I part of?’”
Harry praised his mother, Diana, for her efforts to “protect” him and his brother, the Prince of Wales, from the media.
He said: “My mother was harassed all her life with my father, but after they broke up the harassment took it to a whole new level. The moment she got a divorce and the moment she left the institute, then she was alone.
“Yes, she may have once been one of the most influential and powerful women in the world but she was completely exposed to this. I have seen everything, I have experienced everything, I have learned many things. The pain and suffering of the women who marry into this organization.
“I remember thinking ‘how can I find someone willing and able to bear any burden when I’m around?’
“All my relationships, within a few weeks or months, were in the news and the family was harassed and their lives turned upside down. So, you know, I mean, after one or two girlfriends, the third or fourth girlfriend, it’s going to be like ‘Wait a minute, I don’t know if I want this’.”
Harry said he was “scared” that Meghan would be “shunned by the media”.
Speaking of his relationship with the Duchess, he said: “It was the media that kept so many different people away from me. I know that the only way this can work is to keep quiet for as long as possible.”
Meghan described the beginning of their relationship as “relaxing and easy” before it began to receive increasing media attention.
The Netflix documentary shows text messages between the pair organizing back and forth trips to see each other as Meghan describes landing in the UK, being harassed and going to snuggle up in Kensington Palace for until she leaves.
“Dating becomes a combination of car chases, unsupervised driving and disguises, which isn’t a particularly healthy way to start a relationship, but we always reach out,” Harry said. it with the funniest possible.
“Whenever we meet, we hug each other tight and try to have as normal a life as we can.”
The Duke said he believes the media sees his trauma as their story to “control” and speak out against royal rota, a system by which the media are allocated positions to information about family members.
He added: “If you are part of the royal rota, you have the right to prioritize the story over everyone else. All royal news goes through the filter of all newspapers within the royal confines, most of which, with the exception of the Telegraph, are tabloids.
“It’s all under control, it’s like ‘This family is ours to exploit. Their trauma is our story and our story to control’.”
It comes as the documentary that tells it all has been heavily criticized for appearing to use footage of press filming events unrelated to the royal couple.
One of the videos appearing in the first three episodes shows a photographer on the balcony taking pictures of Harry and Meghan walking with their son Archie below.
However, this photo appears to actually be of an accredited photographer during a royal rota event where the couple met Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.
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