Meghan Markle said she did “everything possible” to be part of the Royal Family and to “make them proud” before dramatically adding: “Then the bubble burst”. In the fifth episode of the Netflix documentary series with her husband Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex details how she wanted to fit into the Royal Family. She says: “You know, when I look back at my own childhood, it was great. But I just remember feeling alone a lot.
“I just wanted all these cousins and these people. I just wanted all of that. And I didn’t have that big family.
“So when I was pregnant with Archie, I was just so excited that we were going to be able to create for him that thing that I had always wanted.”
The episode then cuts to a clip of Meghan, Harry, King Charles III, Prince William and Kate walking to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2018.
Meghan then says: “So I just did everything I could to make them proud and to really be a part of the family.”
A short clip of a smiling Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving church on that same day is shown, before a visibly upset Meghan appears back on screen and says: “Then the bubble burst”.
Harry then makes a bombshell claim against the Royal Family when he says: “It was already clear to the media that the Palace weren’t going to protect her.”
Clippings of negative stories from the British press then flash up, before the Duke of Sussex is heard saying: “Once that happens, the floodgates open.”
Meghan adds: “I realised that I wasn’t just being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves.”
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The final three episodes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell documentary on Netflix focus largely on ‘Megxit’ – the term coined for Meghan and Prince Harry’s departure from the Royal Family.
In March 2020, it was announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were moving from the UK to the US and quitting their roles as working members of the Royal Family.
During episode 5, Harry opens up on the meeting he had with the Queen, King Charles and Prince William over the issue, adding it was “terrifying” to have his brother “scream and shout” at him. He also accused his father of saying things that “simply weren’t true”.
The Duke of Sussex says: “I went in with the same proposal that we’d already made publicly. But once I got there, I was given five options.
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“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. 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, and my grandmother quietly sit there, and sort of take it all in.
“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, slash responsibility is the institution.
“People around her are telling her, ‘By the way, that proposal, or these two doing X, Y, Z is going to be seen as an attack on the institution’. Then she’s gonna go on the advice that she’s given. It was really hard.”
Harry adds: “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.”
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace said today they will not be commenting on the allegations and claims made by Harry and Meghan in the latest episodes of their Netflix documentary series.