ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship summarises the key points from the final installment of Netflix's docuseries on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
In the final episodes of Harry and Meghan's controversial Netflix docuseries, which dropped on Thursday, Harry describes the events leading up to the couple's departure.
He said: “I went in with the same proposal that we’d already made publicly, but once I got there I was given five options – one being all in, no change, five being all out.
“I chose option three in the meeting – half in, half out. Have our own jobs but also work in support of the Queen.
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“It became very clear, very quickly that goal was not up for discussion or debate. It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true."
Prince Harry also claimed that the Queen, his grandmother, sat back quietly during the alleged row.
“But you have to understand that, from the family’s perspective, especially from hers, there are ways of doing things and her ultimate, sort of, mission, goal, responsibility, is the institution,” Harry said.
The Duke of Sussex also implicated his brother when he addressed the alleged "business of trading" stories between the royal family and the media.
Harry referred to "constant briefings about other members of the family about favours, inviting the press in".
"It’s a dirty game. There’s leaking but there’s also planting of stories," he alleged.
"So if the comms team want to be able to remove a negative story about their principle, they will trade and give you something about someone else’s principle. So the offices end up working against each other."
"To see my brother's office doing the same thing that the two of us said we would never ever do, that was heartbreaking," he claimed.
The last three episodes of the six-part series began streaming at 8am on Thursday.
The first three episodes aired last week but there has been no official comment from Buckingham Palace.
Palace sources say Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and members of the royal family were not approached for comment on the content of the Netflix series.
Along with Harry and William's relationship, the second instalment also touches on Meghan's suicidal thoughts.
During a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, the Duchess of Sussex revealed she had thought about taking her life during her time in the royal family.
In the Netflix docuseries, Meghan said: “I wanted to go somewhere to get help, but I wasn’t allowed to. They were concerned how that would look for the institution.”
Harry said he felt "angry and ashamed" that "it got to that stage", while Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, said hearing her daughter was struggling broke her heart.
"I knew it was bad, but to just constantly be picked at by these vultures, just picking away at her spirit, that she would actually think of not wanting to be here. That is not an easy one for a mum to hear,” Ms Ragland said.
The Duke of Sussex also claimed Meghan suffered a miscarriage “because of what the Mail did” during her lawsuit battle with its publisher Associated Newspapers.
The sixth episode of the Netflix documentary reflects on Meghan’s victory in her long-running case against Associated Newspapers – publisher of the Mail On Sunday and Mail Online – who she sued over five articles that reproduced parts of a “personal and private letter” to her father.
Recounting the effect of the legal action, the duchess said: “I was pregnant, I really wasn’t sleeping and the first morning that we woke up in our new home is when I miscarried.”
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Harry went on to say: “I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what the Mail did. I watched the whole thing. Now, do we absolutely know that the miscarriage was caused by that – course we don’t.
“But bearing in mind the stress that caused, the lack of sleep and the timing of the pregnancy – how many weeks in she was – I can say from what I saw, that miscarriage was created by what they were trying to do to her.”
In the fourth episode of the series, the Duchess of Sussex revisited the moment she told ITV News journalist Tom Bradby she was not OK.
Speaking about the interview she gave in South Africa, Meghan said: “I didn’t know what he was going to ask me. You could see I hadn’t touched up my make-up, I was just fried.
“I guess, because I was so exhausted, I was just really grateful that someone seemed to ask me something like I was a human being.
In 2019, Meghan told Tom Bradby that the intense media spotlight left her struggling to cope as a mum
In the first instalment, released last week, Harry accused the royals of having a “huge level of unconscious bias” when it comes to race, and Meghan alleged the media wanted to “destroy” her.
In the series, Harry said members of his family questioned why Meghan needed more protection from the media than their wives had been given, but he said they failed to grasp the “race element”.
The couple also took aim at the British press, with Meghan claiming “salacious stories” were “planted” in the lead-up to their wedding, and the couple saying they were “playing whack-a-mole” as the articles appeared.
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