Prince Harry blasts 'lies' told to protect brother William in new Netflix trailer

Trailer gives glimpse of final episodes of Harry & Meghan docuseries

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Prince Harry takes aim at what he calls lies to protect his brother Prince William in a new, incendiary trailer for the next instalment of his Netflix series.

The preview, which is set to uplifting violin music, opens with the Duke of Sussex saying: “I wonder what would have happened to us had we not got out when we did.”

In the clip, which runs for slightly more than a minute, the prince and his wife Meghan claim their security was “being pulled” and everyone “in the world” knew where they were.

“I wasn’t being thrown to the wolves; I was being fed to the wolves,” says Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex criticised the royal family in the first three episodes, which were released last week, saying members had a “huge level of unconscious bias”.

They also addressed the couple's tumultuous relationship with the press, with the duchess accusing the media of wanting to “destroy” her and claiming “salacious stories” were “planted” in the lead-up to their wedding.

Some critics in the US were unimpressed, describing it as “a straightforward romance with no real royal dirt”.

But the trailer for the next episodes, due to air on Thursday, suggests they may be more revelatory.

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Prince Harry speaks about “institutional gaslighting” and says: “They were happy to lie to protect my brother. They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.”

The trailer, tweeted by Netflix, does not say who was lying. However a different version on the streaming company's website has different subtitles stating: “The British media are happy to lie to protect my brother.”

Whether it is the media in the sights once more, or the royal household, it is sure to strain relations with Prince Harry's family further.

The clip, which also features photographs and video footage of the couple at home in California and with their children, ends with Prince Harry saying: “I've always felt as though this was a fight worth fighting for.”

In another frame, a smiling Prince Harry says: “We are on the freedom flight.”

The first volume led to calls to strip Prince Harry and Meghan of their royal titles, with Conservative MP Bob Seely saying there is a “political issue” with the prince's comments, since he quit as a senior working royal more than two years ago.

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There were few revelations in the first volume of three episodes, which focused on the pair's burgeoning relationship and interactions with the media.

Prince Harry claimed Meghan had suffered with racism from the outset and was not supported by his family.

“Eight days after the relationship was public, I put out a statement calling out the racist undertones of articles and headlines that were written by the British press, as well as outright racism from those articles across social media,” he said.

“Some of the members of my family would say '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?'

“And I would say 'the difference here is the race element.'”

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The third episode referred to an event in 2017 when Princess Michael of Kent wore a brooch featuring an archaic image of a black man, of a kind that has been criticised and described as “fetishising” slavery.

Prince 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.”

Meghan also described her first meeting with Prince William and his wife Kate, saying she was surprised at the “formality” of the royal family behind closed doors.

In another scene, Prince Harry spoke about when he first introduced Meghan to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, telling her she would need to curtsy.

She said she thought he was joking and laughed as she performed an exaggerated curtsy, recalling the moment she met the monarch.

“I was like, pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty. Like, was that OK? It was so intense,” she said, as the prince stared, appearing to not share the joke.

Buckingham Palace said it would not be commenting on the series.

Netflix said members of the royal family had declined to comment within the series, but a royal source said neither the palace nor representatives of Prince William had been approached.

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Updated: December 13, 2022, 4:16 AM
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