'I was terrified': Prince Harry feared 'history would repeat itself' with Meghan Markle

Prince Harry said he was “terrified” and he “didn’t want history to repeat itself” with Meghan Markle by marrying into the Royal Family and the media frenzy that goes with it. The latest Netflix trailer for his docu-series, which premieres on Thursday, opens with Harry saying: “It’s really hard to look back on it now and go ‘What on earth happened?”‘ Videos play of the couple being cheered by adoring fans while undertaking Royal Family duties as well as announcing their engagement and wedding in 2018.

But then in a dramatic turn, the trailer cuts Meghan saying “and then” before snapping her fingers with Harry adding: “Everything changed”.

A photo of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour in 2019 is shown before Harry says: “There’s a hierarchy of the family, you know, there’s leaking, but there’s also planting of stories. It’s a dirty game.”

This continues with clips of the paparazzi relentlessly photographing the couple, coupled with footage of Harry’s mother, the Princess of Wales, hounded by the media.

Harry then says: “The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy. I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself. No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth.”

Netflix has confirmed volume one will launch on Thursday – exactly three months after the death of Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II – with the second volume to be released a week later on December 15.

Last week, the streaming giant released its first official trailer which featured never before seen private photographs of the couple.

These included happy snapshots of Harry and Meghan kissing, as newlyweds dance with at their evening wedding party, cuddling in a photobooth and the Duchess of Sussex cradling her bump while pregnant.

Another shows Meghan with her hand over her face as she sits on a chair holding a phone, but the picture in this teaser clip doesn’t reveal whether she is crying.

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However, the latest Netflix trailer for Harry’s docu-series appears to confirm fears of attacks against the Royal Family. Buckingham Palace has yet to publicly issue a statement.

This docu-series has been billed as a Netflix Global Event, and the streaming giant has promised an “unprecedented and in-depth documentary series”. The six episodes will see the couple “share the other side of their high-profile love story”. It added it was a “never-before-seen look at one of the most-discussed couples in history”.

Netflix also said the docu-series “explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution”.

The streaming giant adds: “The series does more than illuminate one couple’s love story, it paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed lucrative deals with both Netflix and Spotify after quitting the Royal Family and moving from the UK to the US.

The docu-series also comes just a few weeks before the release of Harry’s hotly anticipated book, which will hit shelves on January 10.

When announcing the news last month, publisher Penguin Random House said the book will detail with “raw unflinching honesty” his journey from “trauma to healing”, adding: “For Harry, this is his story at last”.

The book’s cover has drawn widespread attention. It shows the Duke of Sussex looking directly into the camera, along with the words “Prince Harry” and “Spare”. The title is a reference to the phrase “the heir and the spare”.

In a press release for Harry’s book, publisher Penguin Random House said: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror.

“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last.

“With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

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