Harry and Meghan Netflix: Royal family reunites for concert as Sussex rift laid bare in latest episodes – live

The Duke of Sussex has told how it was “terrifying” to have his brother, now the Prince of Wales, shout and scream at him at the Sandringham summit in front of the Queen during the Megxit crisis.

Harry, in the final volume of the Sussexes' controversial Netflix documentary, also said a joint statement was put out without his permission in his and his brother's name on the same day denying a story that William had bullied him out of the royal family.

Harry recounted what happened behind the scenes when the Queen summoned Charles, William and Harry to Sandringham in January 2020 to resolve the Sussexes' future plans after they issued a statement saying they wanted to step back as senior royals.

“It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren't true, and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in,” the duke said.

Key Points

  • Prince Harry claims brother ‘screamed and shouted’ at him at Sandringham meeting

  • Palace ‘lied to protect William,’ Duke of Sussex claims

  • ‘Palace briefed negative stories about Harry and Meghan to help other royals’

  • Duke blames miscarriage on Mail in Netflix documentary

  • ‘It broke my heart’: Meghan Markle’s mother recalls hearing daughter was suicidal

Watch: Harry claims William ‘screamed’ at him during emergency meeting called by Queen

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The criticisms of the docuseries have focused on some of the harder-to-believe statements made by the couple, such as Meghan’s claim to have been surprised when she saw people lining the streets for her royal wedding in 2018. “I didn’t know people would be lining each side of the street,” she says.

The couple’s slight mocking of their temporary home of Nottingham Cottage has also sparked backlash, after they claimed people would have been taken aback to see where they really lived.

Harry and Meghan complain their grace-and-favour home was ‘so small’

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“They’re trapped in a royal soap opera of their own creation – feeding the exact beast they so longed to escape from,” Jessie Thompson writes of the final three episodes of Harry & Meghan.

Harry and Meghan Vol 2 is an unendurable three hours of grudge-rehashing – review

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Ultimately, the latest episodes of the docuseries add little additional context to the rift between the Sussexes and the royal family.

In a two-star review, Jessie Thompson writes that the “almost unendurable three additional hours of grudge-rehashing gives very little further insight into why the pair remain so furious at the royal family”.

Harry and Meghan Vol 2 is an unendurable three hours of grudge-rehashing – review

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As for how Tyler Perry felt about being asked to be Lili’s godparent, the filmmaker said he was “honoured” by the request.

However, Perry admitted that he did have reservations at first, as he explained that he didn’t want to have to travel to the UK and participate in a ceremony with the rest of the royal family.

“I called them back and go: ‘Uh, hold on a second - does this mean we gotta go over [to the UK] and do all of that in church with [the royal family] and figure all that out? ‘Cause I don’t wanna do that,’” he recalled telling the couple. “‘Maybe we can do a little private ceremony here and let that be that, and if you have to do it there, then that’s okay.’”

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The docuseries also saw insight into the couple’s lives as parents, with Archie’s former nanny revealing the duke and duchess are “really hands-on parents”.

Archie’s former nanny describes life with Harry and Meghan

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As for where the Sussexes see themselves now, the couple said that they view California as their home, as it is where their son Archie has grown up, and where daughter Lilibet was born.

“This is home to him, this is home to Lili, and this is our home,” Harry said, adding: “I get to do things with our kids that I would never be able to do in the UK.”

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Following some back and forth about whether the royal family was contacted by Netflix over the first three episodes of the Sussexes’ docuseries, both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment following the release of the remaining three episodes.

The silence comes as the royal family reunites at the Princess of Wales’ Christmas concert.

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The release of the latest episodes coincides with Kate Middleton’s second annual Christmas concert.

On Thursday, the Princess of Wales arrived at Westminster Abbey for Royal Carols: Together at Christmas, which will pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

For the occasion, the princess wore a maroon coat dress with padded shoulder details, while her and Prince William’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, wore a miniature version of the same outfit.

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In the aftermath of their decision to step down, the couple reflected on their final moments as senior royals.

According to Meghan, there was one moment that stands out, when a crew member on her flight to back to Canada from the UK after her final royal appearance on their farewell tour thanked her for her royal service.

“I get on the plane and not the pilot, but whoever overseeing the crew, he came and he knelt next to my seat and took his hat off,” Meghan said.

“I just remember looking at him and he goes, ‘We appreciate everything you did for our country.’”

Meghan said that it was the “first time” someone recognised the “sacrifice” she had made.

“Not for my own country, for this country. It’s not mine,” she said.

Meghan Markle claims plane crew thanked her for service to UK

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According to Prince Harry, as his brother “screamed” at him, his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, “quietly sat there” to “take it all in”.

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Perhaps one of the biggest revelations in the final episodes took place when Prince Harry claimed that Prince William “screamed” at him during an emergency meeting called by the Queen.

In episode five, Harry details his account of an urgent meeting between senior members of the royal family at the Sandringham Estate in 2020. In the talk between the family members, a decision was made about the involvement of Harry and Meghan in royal life and their duties going forward.

During an interview, Harry claims: “It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me.”

Harry claims William ‘screamed and shouted’ at him in ‘terrifying’ row

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Elsewhere in the final three episodes, the couple discussed their friendship with Tyler Perry.

The duke and duchess first met Perry when he temporarily offered them his home and his security team after they stepped down as senior royals.

The couple and Perry have remained close, with Meghan and Harry revealing they named Perry godfather to their daughter Lilibet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal Lilibet’s godfather

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While reflecting on their time in Nottingham Cottage, the duchess described it as a “chapter” in their lives “where I don’t think anyone could believe what our life was actually like behind the scenes”.

Despite their dissatisfaction with the home, the docuseries includes a number of photos of the pair enjoying the time they spent in the cottage, with pictures showing Meghan gardening and dancing.

Harry and Meghan complain their grace-and-favour home was ‘so small’

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One interesting moment during the final three episodes saw the couple criticise their living arrangements after their wedding.

As they entered into married life, the duke and duchess moved into Nottingham Cottage, which is located on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

However, despite sounding “regal,” Meghan said, in reality, their residence was “so small”.

Prince Harry told the camera in episode four: “As far as people were concerned we were living in a palace, and we were, in a cottage…,” and then, Meghan and Harry almost spoke in unison, agreeing: “We were living on palace grounds.”

Harry and Meghan complain their grace-and-favour home was ‘so small’

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Prince Harry also blamed the media, and the stress around the couple’s lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Limited, for the miscarriage Meghan suffered.

“I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what The Mail did,” Harry says in the Netflix series.

Prince Harry blames miscarriage on Mail on Sunday court case

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According to Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, the press was to blame for the duchess’ declining mental health.

“I remember her telling me that, that she had wanted to take her own life. That really broke my heart,” Ragland said, adding that she blamed the media’s constant criticism of Meghan. “I knew, well, I knew that it was bad, 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’s not an easy one for a mom to hear. And I can’t protect her. H can’t protect her.”

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The Duke of Sussex also criticised his family’s handling of Meghan’s mental health, as he claimed they “knew how bad it was,” and yet questioned why she couldn’t “just deal with it”.

Meghan echoed the sentiment, with the Duchess of Sussex recalling how she’d reportedly asked to “go somewhere to get help”.

She said the request was declined because “they were concerned about how that would look for the institution”.

Prince Harry says he ‘hates’ himself over response to Meghan’s suicidal thoughts

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The relationships among family members ultimately took a turn for the worst, however, as the final three episodes document the treatment of Meghan at the hands of the press, and the couple’s claim the Palace declined to intervene.

Prince Harry also speaks candidly about his wife’s mental health struggles, and his regrets over how he and the royal family handled the realisation that Meghan was struggling with suicidal thoughts.

According to Harry, he “hates” himself when he looks back on the way he reacted, as he said he “dealt with it as ‘institutional Harry’ as opposed to ‘husband Harry’”.

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The Sussexes also recalled the intimacy of their wedding, despite having the eyes of the world upon them.

“You know the world was watching us,” Prince Harry said. “But when we were actually at the altar, as far as I’m concerned, it was just the two of us.”

According to Meghan, the ability to drown out the noise, and just focus on one another, is something the couple prides themselves on.

“H and I are really, really good at finding each other, through the chaos,” she said. “When we find each other, when we reconnect to, like: ‘Oh, it’s you, it’s you.’ It’s not that the rest of it doesn’t matter, but the rest of it feels temporary.”

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Before a rift formed between Prince Harry and his family, the docuseries looked back on some of the sweeter moments between the family.

One such moment took place in the lead-up to the couple’s 2018 royal wedding, when Meghan asked King Charles III to walk her halfway down the aisle after her own father was unable to.

“Harry’s dad is very charming,” she recalled. “And I said to him like: ‘I’ve lost my dad in this.’ So him as my father-in-law was really important to me. So I asked him to walk me down the aisle, and he said yes. The whole thing was surreal. It was at that moment I could see H.”

Meghan Markle jokes about only wish for wedding day

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One scene in the final episode of the docuseries clearly displays the breakdown in Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship.

The scene in question was filmed shortly after the Sussexes bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, with Prince Harry seen receiving a text message from his brother while Meghan Markle was on the phone with Tyler Perry.

“What am I looking at?” she asks Harry, as he shows her his phone screen, before adding: “Wow.”

The scene then sees an emotional Harry admit: “I wish I knew what to do.”

Meghan Markle reveals what Prince Harry said after opening text from William

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Ultimately, the final episodes of the docuseries are not as explosive as many anticipated, but rather “an almost unendurable three additional hours of grudge-rehashing,” which “gives very little further insight into why the pair remain so furious at the royal family,” Jessie Thompson writes in a two-star review of volume two.

Harry and Meghan Vol 2 is an unendurable three hours of grudge-rehashing – review

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The release of volume two of the Sussexes docuseries coincides with the Princess of Wales’ second annual Royal Carols: Together at Christmas concert, which will take place at Westminster Abbey on Thursday evening.

The festive occasion is set to be attended by Prince William, as well as King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

On Wednesday, the official Twitter account for the couple shared a video of Kate placing ornaments on a Christmas tree.

“Final touches before the #TogetherAtChristmas’ Carol Service tomorrow,” the caption reads.

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The final three episodes of the Sussexes docuseries saw the couple move beyond conversations about the early days of their relationship, and focus instead on the time they spent as senior royals, which included never-before-seen photos and details about their royal wedding in 2018.

From the wedding to Prince Harry’s feud with his brother Prince William, these are some of the standout moments from volume two.

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Elsewhere in volume two of the docuseries, Prince Harry spoke of the rift between himself, his brother Prince William, and their father, Charles, and why it made it difficult to return to the UK for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip.

“None of us really wanted to talk about it, but we did,” Harry said.

Harry reveals royals spoke about rift at Prince Philip’s funeral

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While reflecting on the moment he learned the Palace had allegedly issued a statement protecting his brother, the Duke of Sussex said it led his wife to tears, as they realised “they were happy to lie to protect my brother”.

“I rang M and I told her and she burst into floods of tears. Because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother and yet for three years they were never wiling to tell the truth to protect us,” Harry says.

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The Palace’s decision comes after Prince Harry alleged that the institution was happy to protect his older brother, Prince William, but not him and Meghan.

Harry gave one example, with the Duke of Sussex referring to a statement released by the Palace in January 2020, in which it claimed both Harry and William were refuting allegations that the Prince of Wales had a “bullying attitude”.

According to Harry, he was not told about the statement before his name appeared on it.

“I was told about a joint statement that had been put out in mine and my brother’s name squashing the story about him bullying us out of the family,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, no one had asked me.”

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As the last three episodes of the Sussexes docuseries aired on Netflix, both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment.

The decision for the royals not to address the claims outlined in the six-episode series comes after a title card at the beginning of the docuseries stated: “Members of the Royal Family declined to comment on the content within this series.”

Watch: Prince Harry reveals what he misses most about 'the institution'

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Piers Morgan hits out at Volume II of Harry & Meghan documentary

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Piers Morgan has commented on on the latest episodes of the Harry and Meghan documentary.

The journalist has been particularly critical of the Sussexes and even lost his job on Good Morning Britain after claiming he did not believe claims made Meghan Markle in her Oprah Winfrey interview last year.

In a series of six tweets about the episodes, the broadcaster criticised what he called the couple's “incessant whining”.

Harry and Meghan claim Palace blocked duke from seeing Queen

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have claimed the institution “blocked” Harry from seeing his grandmother, the Queen, after they decided to step back as senior royals.

The duke tells in episode five that they were planning to fly back to the UK from Canada for a visit in early 2020 and the Queen told him she had no plans all week so they could go for tea and stay the night.

Meghan said: “We're flying back from Vancouver straight to Heathrow and right as we're getting on the plane this urgent message comes through to H, saying: ‘You are not allowed to go and see Her Majesty.

“Make sure that your principal is aware he cannot go and see her. She's busy. She has plans all week.’”

Harry told the camera: “I was like ‘Well, that's certainly the opposite to what she had told me'.”

“Once we were back in the UK, I rang her and said ‘We're now told that you're busy.’

“And she said ‘Yes. I didn't know that I was busy. I've now been told I'm busy all week. I've actually been told I'm busy all week’. I was like 'Wow'.”

Harry blames royal household press offices ‘vying against each other’ for move to US

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The Duke of Sussex accused the press offices of the royal households vying against each other as one of the reasons why he is now “living in a different country”.

After the Duchess of Sussex's lawyer, Jenny Afia, a partner at Schillings Law Firm, claimed a senior aide of the then Duke of Cambridge could not have given evidence in Meghan's lawsuit against Associated Newspapers “without of the authority of his bosses”, the Sussexes were shown discussing the development in separate footage in Netflix's Harry & Meghan documentary.

Meghan said: “I know, it's your brother, I'm not going to say anything about your brother, but it's so obvious...”

Harry said there were attempts to try to “cover” the aide's association with William, with the individual, who had worked for the Sussexes, being labelled as a “former aide of Meghan and Harry” as opposed to working for William.

An unidentified woman commented: “That's what I keep saying... Why are we talking about him as her former aide and not the person who works for your brother?”

Harry replies: “That's why I'm now living in a different country, because all the comms (communication) teams basically, like, try to outdo each other.

“This is the contract, the symbiotic relationship between the two institutions working the best that they can.”

NEW: Buckingham Palace declines to comment on Volume II of Netflix documentary

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Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment on the Sussexes' Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan.

The second instalment of the documentary was packed with fiery accusations aimed at press offices of royal households including claims that William’s press office told lies to the media.

Harry also claimed that his brother screamed and shouted at him in a “terrifying row” at Sandringham over his and Meghan’s future as senior royals.

Watch: Harry covers Meghan’s eyes while watching Oprah Winfrey's interview

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Home video footage shown during episode six of the Netflix documentary appears to show the couple watching their interview with Oprah Winfrey but the television screen is not shown and at the end Harry and Meghan, sat on a sofa, kiss.

The documentary moves to the following day with the couple sat at a desk behind their laptops and Harry pulls a mock surprised face and throws his hands up with the words “shut up” when Meghan says “Beyonce just texted”.

Comment | Harry chose to leave royalty behind – blaming Meghan always had an ulterior motive

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Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary series has continued to set the record straight, culture reporter Nicole Vassell writes.

For years, large swathes of the British media have formed their own stance on what led the pair to quit as senior royals and move to the United States. Coined “Megxit”, the couple’s move to live a more independent life was instantly positioned as solely Meghan’s doing.

In this version of events, Prince Harry had been strong-armed into leaving behind his family and a way of life he loved by his “controlling” American wife. Because it couldn’t possibly have been of his own accord.

Read the full story below:

Harry chose to leave royalty behind – blaming Meghan always had an ulterior motive

Meghan Markle ‘gets twice as much negative press’ as Kate Middleton, data shows

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As Harry and Meghan tell of their struggles against the media, research from last year found the Duchess of Sussex received more than twice as much negative press as the Duchess of Cambridge.

According to analysis conducted by the Guardian, 43 per cent of articles written about Meghan Markle between May 2018 and mid-January 2019 were negative in tone.

Out of 843 articles about Meghan published in 14 newspapers, just 20 per cent were found to be positive, while the remaining 36 per cent were neutral.

In contrast, most articles written about Kate Middleton in the same time period were either positive or neutral.

The analysis found that out of 144 articles about Kate, 45 per cent were positive, 47 per cent were neutral and just eight per cent were negative.

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Meghan Markle ‘gets twice as much negative press’ as Kate Middleton

Harry and Meghan deny reports former press secretary voluntary gave evidence in trial

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Writing on the screen at the end of the final episode of the Netflix documentary says: “In response to allegations that Mr Knauf submitted a voluntary witness statement in connection with the Daily Mail litigation with the consent of Prince William's office, a representative for Mr Knauf sent the following statement:

“These claims are entirely false. Mr Knauf was asked to provide evidence by both the Duchess of Sussex and Associate Newspapers.

“He was advised by counsel that evidence in his possession could be relevant and he then provided this directly to the court, staying neutral in the process.”

Last year it was reported that Mr Knauf made a complaint against Meghan Markle, related to two personal assistants and a third member of staff whose confidence she is alleged to have undermined.

Another piece of writing says: “The Duchess of Sussex attorneys responded with the following statement:

“The legal team for Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, disputes this claim. Mr Kanuf was not asked to provide a witness statement by the duchess or her team.

“Nor do her attorneys believe Mr Knauf remained 'neutral' by submitting a witness statement relied on by Associated Newspapers whilst working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

Tyler Perry reveals he was asked to be Lilibet’s godfather

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The final episode of the Netflix series has revealed that friend of Harry and Meghan, Tyler Perry, is Lilibet’s godfather.

The couple’s friend Tyler Perry then appears in the episode and says Harry and Meghan called him to ask him if he would be Lili’s godfather.

“I take a minute to take that in, and I thought I’d be honoured. I’d absolutely be honoured. And I got off the phone, took it all in, then I called them back, I go ‘Ah hold on a second, does this mean we got to go over there and do all of that in the church with them and figure all that out, because I don’t want to do that. Maybe we can do a little private ceremony here and let that be that and if you have to do it there then it’s OK’,” he said.

Meghan's friend, tennis champion Serena Williams, also appeared and said: “They're creating their own family, and friends can be family too.

“They can start something fresh and new and hope that one day that family on both ends will be able to understand that this is truly love.”

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Watch: Harry and Meghan cry during guided meditation session

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Meghan spoke in the final episode of the Netflix documentary wanting “peace”.

She said: “Part of that, for me, is reclaiming, when you've lost a huge piece of yourself, getting that back includes getting back those relationships and those friendships, and things that anchor you to who you are.”

Meghan said her niece Ashleigh was a huge part of the process for her, adding that she came back into her life at the end of 2021.

“I texted her and she was immediately just happy to be reconnected,” Meghan said.

Ashleigh said: “I was there at Christmas. I missed so much of Archie's life but it doesn't necessarily feel like it. I think we immediately kind of had this bond.”

Ashleigh said it is "really good" to experience Meghan's children growing up and feeling like she is in their life.

Harry did not think British authorities would ever pull security

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The Duke of Sussex said he did not think British authorities would “ever” remove their security when they returned to Canada in March 2020.

Episode five of the Harry & Meghan documentary shows Harry speaking to his camera at the time, saying: “These next few months is when we're going to be at our most vulnerable when the press no doubt will create some sort of feeding frenzy.

He then describes how their house in Canada was “completely surrounded” by the press when he got back from the UK with “boats in the water, cars up the drive, individuals trying to jump over the fence and take photographs over the wall”.

He added: “I'd never experienced that before.”

"M asked me: 'Would they remove our security?' I said: 'They'll never to that.' Meghan's background, her heritage, the world documented hate campaigns against us, suspicious packages being sent to the palaces, specifically with her name on or my name on.

“She said: 'Do you think they'll ever do that.' I said: 'No they'll never do that.' And they did it.”

Cutting back to his video at the time, he can be seen saying: “They've decided our security be removed on the 31st March, thereby leaving me less than three weeks to find security for my family and I'm worried. I'm genuinely concerned for that safety of my family.”

The 6 biggest talking points from Harry and Meghan Vol 2 on Netflix

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The second part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s documentary series, Harry and Meghan, has landed on Netflix, with the couple discussing everything from arguments with Prince William to Meghan’s miscarriage.

Harry and Meghan, who stepped down as senior royals in 2020, give intimate interviews in the series, alongside family and friends who have never spoken publicly about the couple’s relationship before.

The series was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus, who has worked on a number of documentaries about public figures, including Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Fischer, and Nina Simone.

Read the full story below from our culture writer, Ellie Harrison:

The 6 biggest talking points from Harry and Meghan Vol 2 on Netflix

Meghan said British public ‘were sad we were leaving’

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The Duchess of Sussex said the British public “were sad that we were leaving” as the couple recalled their farewell week as working royals in the UK in March 2020.

Harry told episode five of the Netflix documentary: “We weren't with the family. It was our opportunity to go out with a bang to be honest.

“It never needed to be this way. We talked about this over and over again, sitting up late after these late-night engagements saying: ‘We would have carried on doing this for the rest of our lives'.”

Meghan said: “I thought 'the public - they've been fed these lies about me for two years. What do they think of me? They must hate us’.

“No, the people were just so embracing. They were sad that we were leaving. We were sad that we were leaving.”

The documentary then shows a clip of Harry talking into his phone camera, saying: “We're going to miss the British public. Not going to miss the British press, and their followers and their trolls that they create.

“I'm going to miss this country, so is Meghan.”


Watch: Meghan receives text from Beyonce during documentary filming

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Beyonce once texted Meghan Markle to tell her she was “selected to break generational curses”, according to the duchess.

“Beyonce just texted, just checking in... I still can’t believe she knows who I am…” Markle said. “She said she wants me to feel safe and protected.

“She admires and respects my bravery and vulnerability and thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed.”

Pictured: Meghan pregnant as shown in the documentary

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Misan Harriman, a photographer and friend of Harry and Meghan, speaks in the final episode about the moment they revealed to him that Meghan was pregnant again.

“I just freak out. I freak out, because I know what they've been through to get to that place.

“And they're like: ‘It's got to be you helping us tell the world that we have new life in our lives’.

“It felt that at least I could do something to use my imagery to almost protect them if I could,” Mr Harriman said.


Meghan did royal job ‘better than those born to do it,’ Harry claims

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Prince Harry claimed his wife was "doing the job better" than "those born to do it".

Lucy Fraser, Meghan's friend, said: "Because they were so popular with the public the internals at the palace were incredibly threatened by that."

Prince Harry then said: "The issue is when someone who's marrying in who should be a 'supporting act' is then stealing the limelight or is doing the job better than those who was born to do this then upsets people - it shifts the balance."

“It shifts the balance because you’ve been led to believe that the only way that your charities can succeed and the only way that your reputation can be grown or improved is if you’re on the front page of those newspapers.

“But the media are the ones who chose who to put on the front page.”

“The first time that the penny dropped for her, M (Meghan) and I spent the night in a room at Buckingham Palace after an event where every member of the family, senior members of the family had been, including the Queen.

“And on the front page of the Telegraph, Meghan. She was like ‘but it’s not my fault’ - and my mum felt the same way.”

Harry claims senior royals arranged time of crunch Sandringham meeting so Meghan could not attend

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The Duke of Sussex said the timing of a meeting with senior royals at Sandringham about the couple's future was deliberately arranged so that Meghan could not attend.

In the fifth episode of Harry and Meghan's Netflix series, Harry said that he sought a meeting with the three most senior royal private secretaries after the couple's plan to move to Canada was leaked to the press in January 2020.

“I sent an email to the three most senior private secretaries saying let's have a meeting, let's get together and have a meeting and talk about this. Because what was happening, what was playing out in public was crazy. And that meeting was rejected.”

Meghan said she had to return to Canada after it was announced that they would be stepping back as their son Archie was still over there.

Harry added that it was only after Meghan had left that it was then arranged that there was going to be a meeting at Sandringham.

Meghan said: “Imagine a conversation, a roundtable discussion about the future of your life when the stakes are this high, and you as the mom, and the wife - and the target in many regards - aren't invited to have a seat at the table.”

Harry added: “It was clear to me that they planned that so you weren't in the room.”

Watch: Harry appears to blame Meghan’s miscarriage on Daily Mail in Netflix documentary

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Thomas Markle’s daughter ‘part of Twitter group sending hate tweets’ to Harry and Meghan

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Thomas Markle’s daughter, Samantha Markle, was “part of a hate group” publishing “disinformation” about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a data analyst told the Harry & Meghan Netflix documentary.

Christopher Bouzy investigated 83 Twitter accounts that were “responsible for 70 per cent” of negative tweets about Meghan.

He alleges that Meghan’s half-sister’s account was suspended for such activity.

Samantha Markle’s lawyer told Newsweek: “Regarding 2019, Samantha was never been ‘banned’ or ‘suspended’ from Twitter. In 2019, her account was “restricted” for three days regarding a political tweet that had nothing to do with Meghan.”

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Thomas Markle’s daughter ‘part of Twitter group sending hate’ about Harry and Meghan

Amount of abuse after Archie’s birth ‘incredible,’ Harry says

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The Duke of Sussex has addressed the allegedly racist tweet by broadcaster Danny Baker following the birth of Archie in the fourth episode of Netflix's Harry & Meghan.

He said: “The amount of abuse that we got, especially you (Meghan), but the both of us, for not wanting to serve our child up on a silver platter was incredible.

“Archie has just been born, media and social media starts to take on a life of its own.

“Someone in the media posting a photograph of a couple with a chimp, and at the top it said ‘Royal baby leaves hospital’. So that was one of the first things that I saw.”

The documentary shared a follow-up tweet from Baker, which said: “Sorry about my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up.

“Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased. Soon as those good enough to point out it's possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that's it. Now stand by for sweary football tweets.”

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Harry says royal press team lied to protect William

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The Duke of Sussex said he was not told about a joint statement issued in the name of him and his brother, then the Duke of Cambridge and now the Prince of Wales, in response to reports William had “bullied” the couple out.

Speaking during episode 5 of the meeting at Sandringham, Harry said: “It was really hard, that meeting finished without any, like, solidified action plan.

“I think from their perspective, they had to believe that it was more about us and maybe the issues that we had, as opposed to their partner, the media, and themselves and that relationship that was causing so much pain for us. They saw what they wanted to see.”

Speaking over clips of the brothers playing in an old fire truck and newspaper headlines about the acrimony in their relationship, Harry went on: “I mean, the saddest part of it was this wedge created between me and my brother so that he's now on the institution's side.

“And I get, part of that I get. I understand right? That's his inheritance, so to some extent it's already ingrained in him that part of his responsibility is the survivability and the continuation of this institution.

“That day, a story came out that part of the reason why Meghan and I were leaving was because William had bullied us out. And once I got in the car after the meeting, I was told about a joint statement that had been put out in my name and my brother's name squashing the story about him bullying us out of the family.

“I couldn't believe it. No one had asked me permission to put my name to a statement like that. And I rang M and I told her and she burst into floods of tears because within four hours they were happy to lie to protect my brother and yet for three years, they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.”

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Pictured: Newly released images of Archie shows photos from birthday

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Harry denies ‘blindsiding’ grandmother over stepping down as senior royal

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The Duke of Sussex has denied claims he “blindsided” the Queen with the couple's social media statement on stepping back as senior royals.

After they suspected contents from Harry's letter to his father had been leaked, Meghan said in episode 5: “You could feel the ticking clock from that point. So with our team we decided that we were going to put out a statement to say that we were going to, sadly, be stepping back, not stepping down, but to just have a reduced role.”

Harry added: “For my whole life the purse strings have been controlled by my father. Within a family, it's normal to have that financial control over other members of the family.”

Meghan said their intentions to continue supporting the Queen and the Commonwealth were “in black and white” in the statement. Then the documentary cuts to news coverage of the fallout with news presenters' voices saying Charles and William were only sent a copy of the statement 10 minutes before it was released.

“This idea that I supposedly blindsided my grandmother just never happened. I have so much respect for her,” Harry said.

Meghan added: “This has been on going for months and months. I think in some people's mind this was me going: 'Post!' - What?”

Duke of Sussex letter to his father about moving to Canada was leaked

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The Duke of Sussex said a letter he wrote to his father, the then Prince of Wales, about him and the Duchess of Sussex moving to Canada to work as royals was leaked to the press.

In the fifth episode of the Netflix series Harry & Meghan, he said: "It became clear that the institution had leaked the fact that we were moving back to Canada.

“And a key piece of that story that made me aware that the contents of the letter between me and my father had been leaked was that we were willing to relinquish our titles.

“That was a giveaway.

“I was like 'Wow, our story, our lives, literally got taken from underneath us'.”

Meghan said she cried in security arms after landing in Canada

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The final episode of Harry & Meghan shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chatting with Tyler Perry outside his house, where they stayed after leaving Canada.

Harry says they were “desperate”, adding that they had 13 suitcases.

Reflecting on that time, he said: "Bliss. Because no-one knew we were there."

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, tells the programme: “For me, it didn't matter where they landed. You know, I just wanted them to be happy and so that I could be with them.

“And obviously not having to take any long flights made a heck of a difference.”

Meghan said she cried on security when she arrived in Canada: “I just collapsed in his arms, crying. I was like, ‘I tried so hard’.

He replied: “I know you did ma’am, I know you did’ Like I tried so hard (she tears up) And that’s the piece that’s so triggering, because you go, ‘and it still wasn’t good enough and you still don’t fit in.’”

Watch: Meghan says she did everything she could to 'really be a part of the family'

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Beyonce texted Meghan to ask if she was okay after Oprah Winfrey interview

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In the aftermath of the couple’s Oprah Winfrey interview - where Meghan had discussed having suicidal thoughts - the duchess said Beyonce texted her to offer support.

“Beyonce just texted. Just checking in. I still can't believe she knows who I am,” she says.

“She said she wants me to feel safe and protected. She admires and respects my bravery and vulnerability.

“And she thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed.”

The documentary also shows a Zoom call between Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland in the aftermath of the interview.

“Has it been noisy around your house? Has anyone been there?” Meghan asks.

Her mother says: “You certainly never deserved any of this. I have been getting so many texts about how so many people are in support of you and how you were able to carry yourself so well. Keep your big girl panties on.”

Prince Harry said brother ‘screamed and shouted’ at him at Sandringham

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Prince Harry said his brother William “screamed and shouted” at him when they met at Sandringham to discuss his future in the family amid his and Meghan’s media struggles.

“The saddest part of it was this wedge created between myself and my brother so that he’s now on the institution’s side,” Prince Harry said.

He added: “It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that simply weren’t true and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in.”

Harry said they “had to believe that it was more about us and maybe the issues they had as opposed to their partner, the media, and themselves in that relationship that was causing so much pain for us.

“They saw what they wanted to see.”

“The saddest part of it was this wedge created between me and my brother so that he's now on the institution side.

“Part of that I get, I understand. That's his inheritance so part of that is already ingrained in him that part of his responsibility is the survivability and continuation of this institution.”

Meghan was surprised public believed tabloid headlines about her

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken in the fourth episode of their Netflix documentary about the effect the media had on Meghan.

Meghan said: “It is still under the delusion that if it's in a tabloid no-one believed it, like it's a tabloid. We had a walkabout in Liverpool and there was a group of women and one of them said to me ‘What you're doing to your father is not right’.

“It was the first time that I went 'Oh my god, people actually believe this stuff.' And then my entire centre was rocked to its core.”

Harry said: “The lies, that's one thing. You kind of get used to that when you live within this family. But what they were doing to her and the effect it was having on her. Enough of the pain, enough of the suffering. No-one sees what is happening behind closed doors.

“Back in the day, my mum was in the back of the car going to engagements in floods of tears. And then my dad is saying 'We are almost there' and 30 seconds to wipe the tears away, slap on some make-up, and then the door opens and smile and everything is fine.”

Mimicking cameras, he adds: “And flash, flash, flash, flash, flash.”

‘It broke my heart’: Meghan Markle’s mother recalls hearing her daughter was suicidal

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In their interview with Oprah last year, Harry and Meghan revealed the Duchess of Sussex had contemplated suicide.

Her mother Doria Ragland has spoken out about the subject for the first time

Through tears she said: “I remember her telling me that, that she’d wanted to take her own life. And that broke my heart, because I knew that it was bad, but to 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’s not an easy one for a mum to hear, you know? And I can’t protect her. H can’t protect her.”

Prince Harry added that they were both struggling through Meghan’s mental health struggles.

“I felt angry and ashamed. I didn't deal with it particularly well. I dealt with it as institutional Harry. And what took over my feelings was my royal role. I had been trained to worry more about what people are going tothink if we don't go to this event, we're gonna be late. And looking back now, I hate myself for it. What she needed from me was so much more than what I was able to give,” Prince Harry said.

Meghan added: “I wanted to go somewhere to get help, but I wasn't allowed. They were concerned about how that would look for the institution.”

“They knew how bad it was, they thought, Why couldn't she just deal with it? Everybody else is dealing with it, why can't she deal with it? But this was different. But even if you strip all that away and say, OK fine, it is exactly the same. So should she have just sucked it up like the other members of the family? Or does one think that maybe it's about time that we stop,” Prince Harry said.

Meghan says private secretary described her as a 'foreign organism'

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In episode four, there is discussion of how Meghan struggled to fit in with the Royal Family.

“There was this moment where our private secretary, she worked for the Queen for almost 20 years and what she said to me was it’s like this fish that's swimming perfectly with the right current then this little organism comes in,” Meghan explains.

“This foreign organism and the entire thing goes mmm – what is that? What is it doing here, doesn't look like us, doesn't move like us, we don't like it, get it off of us.”

The duchess continues that the unnamed private secretary had tried to reassure her by saying: “You know they'll soon see that it's stronger, faster even better with this organism as part of it.

“It will be hard at the beginning for them to adjust to this new thing but then it will be amazing.”

Prince Harry blames miscarriage on Daily Mail reporting of Thomas Markle letter

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Prince Harry said he believes his wife suffered a miscarriage because of the Daily Mail’s reporting on Meghan’s relationship with her father.

“I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what the Mail did.

“I watched the whole thing. Now do we absolutely know the miscarriage was caused by that? Of course we don’t, but bearing in mind the stress, 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.”

Gospel choir at wedding ‘represented Meghans culture,’ Serena Williams said

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Friends of the couple tell viewers that the wedding "felt like a moment where the world paused and celebrated love".

Gospel singers of The Kingdom Choir performed at the wedding which Serena Williams, friend of Meghan, said represented the Duchess’ culture:

“To have Meghan's culture represented in that wedding, amazing, I loved it, I thought it was really courageous and breaking boundaries,” Ms Williams said.


Oprah was surprised by ‘small’ size of Nottingham Cottage

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Harry and Meghan commented on the size of Nottingham Cottage, where they lived on the grounds of Kensington Palace after they were married.

Prince Harry said: “As far as people were concerned we were living in a palace, and we were, in a cottage.

Meghan added: “We were living on palace grounds.... Kensington Palace sounds very regal, of course it does, it says ‘palace’ in the name. But Nottingham Cottage was so small.”

The couple said that Oprah visited the cottage and was surprised by the size of the home saying: “No one would ever believe it.”

“The whole thing's on a slight lean, really low ceilings so I don't know who lived there before but they must have been very short,” Prince Harry said.

Meghan added: “He would just hit his head constantly in that place constantly, because he's so tall... it was just a chapter in our lives where I don't think anyone could believe what our life was like behind the scenes.”


Letter to father going public was ‘horrendous,’ Meghan said

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Prince Harry said it was clear that the Palace was not going to protect Meghan over stories related to her father.

Meghan said it was “horrendous” when letters to her father were leaked to the media.

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

On Mr Markle getting endless headlines, Meghan said: “It was embarrassing for the family... I’d reached out to Her Majesty, like, ‘This is going on, what do you want me to do... What advice you have?’.

“But ultimately, it was suggested by the Queen, that I write my dad a letter. And I had gone to great lengths to get that letter to my dad discreetly because I can’t put this letter in the mail with the return address being Kensington Palace and send it to Tom Markle and assume it’s gonna get there.”

On the letter leaking, Prince Harry said: “They knew the family would encourage us not to sue.”

Meghan Markle went into ‘really calm space' on the day of her wedding to Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle says she went into a "really calm space" on the day of her wedding to Prince Harry

The Duchess of Sussex said: “On the day of our wedding, it's like I went into a really calm space. I don't know how I was so calm - I look back and it's like, 'How was I so calm?!' And all I wanted was a mimosa, a croissant and to play ‘Going to the Chapel’. And that's what I did.”

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NEW: Volume II has now dropped

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The final three episodes in the Harry & Meghan documentary have now dropped on Netflix.

Follow our blog for all the key highlights from the series.

Watch: The final set of trailers before Harry and Meghan’s documentary airs

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What were the key points from Volume I of Harry and Meghan’s documentary?

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Details about the royal family and alleged racism and harassment from the British press were revealed in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s six-part docuseries on Netflix.

In the first three episodes, which dropped at 8am on Thursday, Meghan told of finding the formality of royal life “surprising”, while Harry said his family’s view of his wife were “clouded” by her being an American actress.

Below are the key points from the first instalment of the tell-all documentary:

  • Harry said he first spotted Meghan on a friend’s Instagram

  • Harry said there is a temptation in the royal family to marry someone who “fits the mould”

  • The Duke praised his mother, Diana, for her efforts to “protect” him and his brother from the media

  • The Duke said members of the royal family asked why Meghan should be “protected” or given “special treatment” when they questioned newspaper headlines about her

  • The Duke said articles in the press had “racist undertones” as well as “outright racism”

  • The King’s second son said the early stages of dating were “car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises”

  • The Duchess of Sussex said the media would find a way to “destroy” her “no matter how good” she was

Read here for more of the key points from the first three episodes


Who is Meghan Markle’s British friend Lucy Fraser?

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Meghan Markle’s British friend, Lucy Fraser, features prominently in Harry and Meghan, the Sussexes’ tell-all Netflix series.

In part one of the docuseries, Fraser speaks about Meghan’s plans for a “single girl summer” after she wrapped another series of filming USA Network’s Suits in 2016.

In episode two, Lucy recalls warning Meghan when her romance with Harry was revealed: “I remember saying to her, ‘When this goes public, it is not going to be easy. The UK media are notorious for doing whatever they can to get a story.’”

“And that they go through rubbish bins, they’ll try and break into accounts. They will do whatever they can to get an exclusive and make money,” she continued. “I remember she was quite shocked. And she was like, ‘Really? They would do that?’”

It is unknown how Fraser and Meghan met and when they became friends. But Fraser makes it known in the docuseries that she and Meghan were close friends in 2016, when Meghan and Prince Harry went on their first date at Soho House Dean Street, and remain to be close friends.

Read the full story below:

Who is Meghan Markle’s British friend Lucy Fraser?

What to expect from today’s episodes?

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The royal family and Palace aides will be steeling themselves for bombshells in Volume II of the Harry & Meghan series after the royal household faced accusations it leaked negative stories as part of a "war against Meghan".

Meghan's lawyer Jenny Afia, in a trailer released on Wednesday, alleged she had seen evidence of briefing from the Palace against the couple to suit other people's agenda.

The duchess herself was seen saying: “You would just see it play out, like a story about someone in the family would pop up for a minute and they'd go ‘We've got to make that go away’.”

Her friend Lucy Fraser added: “Meg became this scapegoat for the Palace. And so they would feed stories on her whether they were true or not to avoid other less favourable stories being printed.”

Ms Afia said: “There was a real kind of war against Meghan and I've certainly seen evidence that there was negative briefing from the Palace against Harry and Meghan to suit other people's agendas.”

Harry, in another trailer, said “They were happy to lie to protect my brother (William). They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us”, while Meghan said she was “fed to the wolves”.

The last three episodes look set to explore the Megxit crisis, when Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life to move to the US, with the duke heard saying: “There was no other option at this point...I said 'we need to get outta here’”

In the first instalment on 8 December, Harry accused the royals of having a “huge level of unconscious bias” and Meghan said the media wanted to “destroy” her.

The duke also said members of his family questioned why Meghan needed more protection from the media than their wives had been given, but that they failed to grasp the “race element”.


Good morning

07:26 , Thomas Kingsley

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Volume II of the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary. Trailers leading up to the final instalment of the bombshell series have seen Prince Harry accuse the Palace of lying to protect his brother while friends of Meghan Markle claim royal aides leaked negative stories about the Duchess to the media.

Follow our blog for the latest updates from the series, reaction and more.