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Watch: ‘Terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me’, says Harry
Prince Harry has described how “terrifying” it was to have his brother “scream and shout” at him when they met to discuss his and Meghan’s future.
In a Netflix series, Prince Harry says it was his decision, not Meghan’s, to leave after plans for a half-in, half-out royal life were rejected during a family meeting at Sandringham.
He says his father said things that “just simply weren’t true” as his grandmother, the Queen, looked on.
Buckingham Palace has not commented.
In the latest and final instalments of the docuseries, Harry and Meghan describe why they decided to give up their royal duties and move to the US, claiming they were not supported by the Royal Family during a barrage of negative press that was mainly directed at Meghan.
Meghan talks in detail about how she considered taking her own life. Harry describes how he feels shame looking back at how he reacted, reverting to “Institutional Harry” rather than “husband Harry”.
In 2020 the duke and duchess went to Sandringham, the royal estate in Norfolk, to discuss scenarios for the couple’s royal role with Harry’s father King Charles – then Prince Charles – as well as his brother and grandmother, the late Queen.
He recalls how the meeting went, saying: “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.”
He says his preference was to be half in, half out of the Royal Family, with him and Meghan doing their own jobs but also supporting the Queen.
“It became very clear, very quickly that that goal was not up for discussion,” he says.
As for the Queen, he says her ultimate responsibility was the institution of the Royal Family.
Harry also says a joint statement was put out after the meeting without his permission in his and his brother’s name. The statement denied a story that William had bullied him out of the Royal Family.
He describes the move as a “lie to protect my brother”, adding: “There was no other option at this point. I said, ‘we need to get out of here’.”
He says Meghan had not asked to leave and that saying she drove the decision was “misogyny at its best”.
This time it’s personal. Deeply personal.
The Netflix trailers had hinted at explosive revelations about the monarchy, but in the end the final three episodes of the series had a different kind of impact. It was emotional rather than political.
It was a battle between brothers, with an underlying sense of angriness and betrayal.
People sometimes call the royals a soap opera. This was the Christmas omnibus edition, with claims of shouting matches, underhand dealing, and a big walk out.
And it will set up another chain reaction of stories when they next all meet in front of the public – next year’s coronation isn’t far away.
In the latest episodes, Meghan also speaks about how she considered taking her own life, before stepping back from the Royal Family.
“It was like ‘all of this will stop if I’m not here,'” she says.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, says hearing her daughter’s thoughts “broke my heart”.
Prince Harry says he was devastated after his wife confided in him about her struggles,
But he had been “trained” to worry more about what people were going to think, and he “hated himself” for that, he says.
“What she needed was so much more than I was able to give,” he adds.
Meghan says that she wanted to seek help but “wasn’t allowed to”.
Without being specific as to who “they” were, she says: “They were concerned about how that would look for the institution.”
The prince adds: “They knew how bad it was. They thought ‘Why couldn’t she just deal with it?’ As if to say, well, ‘everybody else has dealt with it, why can’t she deal with it?’ But this was different. It was really different.”
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Meghan: ‘They were concerned how that would look for the institution’
Meghan’s mother is seen looking teary-eyed as she shares her account of that time, adding that her daughter’s words were “not easy for a mum to hear”.
In a reference to press intrusion in her daughter’s life, Ms Ragland said: “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.”
Other revelations from the series include:
The final three episodes of the six-part series, titled Harry & Meghan, were released on Thursday.
The filming of the series was completed before the Queen’s death in September this year.
Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, will be published in January.
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