Since they announced a contract with Netflix, still in 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle deal with intense curiosity about what they are going to say and show about their lives. After the shocking comments in the Oprah Winfrey interview and some veiled comments from Meghan on her podcast, even more is expected from the backstage records of the two and their conflicted relationship with the Royal Family. The truth is that nothing about the content has leaked and speculation is high. In a few weeks we will see the result on the platform.
The docuseries will undoubtedly be full of images and candid moments of the couple. While it’s unclear how much of their relationship with the Windsors will show – given the physical and emotional distance between them – we’ll get a first-hand look at how Harry and Meghan are building their lives in a new country and a foundation 100% their own, the Archewell.
Reports that there were regrets and editing attempts multiply, as well as conflicts between them and Netflix, which canceled Meghan’s other big project, the Pearl series, and keept the docuseries in the planning. Supposedly, the series will follow Meghan and Harry’s life in Montecito, California, with their children, Archie and Lilibet. In addition to the pandemic, many personal facts must be part of the narrative, including the legal fights of the two against the tabloids, the trips and lectures, the Invictus games and the deaths of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, among others.
What is discussed are doubts about possible discussions with King Charles III, who took over the Crown and has a very different position from his mother on the conflict with Harry and Meghan. According to the tabloids, the couple tried to “downplay much of what they said about King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales”, against the producers’ obvious interest in maintaining the authenticity of what was recorded. At this point, anything is pure especulation.
The possible tension and anticipation, doubled with the Spare biography, scheduled for January 10, gained momentum when in an interview with Variety, Meghan seemed to confirm the two’s fears about the series since they have “limited” creative control. “We are entrusting our story to someone else and that means it will pass through their lens,” she said, adding that the final version “may not be the way we would have told it.” Again, this can mean anything at all.
If they don’t include footage and recordings of Harry’s relatives, we’ll still see how they reacted to the family drama behind the scenes, with disputes over Harry’s military uniform, the couple’s rejection of a royal family reception of world leaders and even the fact that Charles has not yet confirmed the new titles of Archie and Lilibet, who as the king’s grandchildren, should be known as prince and princess, but have not yet officially changed their status.
What everyone is talking about is that the Royal Family is waiting until the docuseries and the book come to take new action on Meghan and Harry. And it makes sense. This week, when he turned 74, Charles took a highly symbolic decision, expanding the list of who can replace him. By law, Counselors of State include the Sovereign’s spouse and the next four people over the age of 21, but the monarch has asked the House of Lords to appoint Prince Edward and Princess Anne as Counselors of State too. Which experts point to as proof that it is increasingly unlikely that Harry or Prince Andrew will be asked to represent the King. The novel has not yet reached the end, but it is very close to completion. What are we going to see?