Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking fans inside their relationship like they never have before. After months of anticipation, Netflix finally released the first trailer for the royal couple’s new docuseries, Harry & Meghan, on December 1, 2022. The minute-long clip documents pivotal moments from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship through intimate photos, including a never-before-seen snapshot from their 2018 wedding reception and a trip the duo took to Africa while Meghan is pregnant.
At the 14 second mark, a photo of Harry and Meghan, who's wearing her iconic halter-neckline reception dress, can be seen happily dancing with a flurry of guests around them. The never-before-seen snapshot gives us a look inside the party portion of the couple's reception, which was held on May 19, 2018, at Frogmore House.
In addition to the highs of their relationship, the preview also shows the more challenging moments, with Meghan wiping away tears and the couple attending the 2019 Commonwealth Day ceremony, when tensions were reportedly very high among the royal family and media.
The trailer didn't just give us an inside look at Meghan and Harry's life together; it also reveals that the pair will be getting candid about their personal lives in the mini series, which will air in December of 2022. “No one sees what is happening behind closed doors,” Harry says. The Duke of Sussex also speaks openly about his role as a father to Archie and Lilibet. “I had to do everything I could to protect my family,” he says. The duo also sheds light on why they decided to create the six-episode docuseries in the first place. Later in the trailer, the Archetypes podcast host shares that the Netflix show is a way to reclaim their voices and own their truth. “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?” she asks.
The Netflix show will focus on Harry and Meghan’s partnership and why they made the decision to leave the royal family and begin new lives in California. "Across six episodes, the 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," Netflix says in a statement. In addition to Harry and Meghan’s perspective, loved ones and experts will also weigh in. "With commentary from friends and family, most of whom have never spoken publicly before about what they witnessed, and historians who discuss the state of the British Commonwealth today and the royal family’s relationship with the press, the series does more than illuminate one couple’s love story. It paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other,” the statement reads.
In October of 2022, Meghan spoke to Variety about why they decided to share their narrative through the docuseries. "It's nice to be able to trust someone with our story, a seasoned director whose work I've long admired, even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it, but that’s not why we’re telling it,” she revealed. "We're trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens." The docuseries is directed by Liz Garbus, an Oscar-nominated director who has worked on other hit features, such as Love, Marilyn; What Happened, Miss Simone?; and Becoming Cousteau.
In the interview, Meghan also opened up about the experience, which has been rewarding for her. “For me, having worked on Suits, it's so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view,” she notes. “That's been really fun."
Meghan and Harry first signed a multi-year deal with Netflix in September of 2020. According to the New York Times, Archewell Productions, their production hub, would create documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming for the platform. The docuseries will premiere right before Harry’s memoir Spare will hit the shelves on January 10, 2023. The duke will share his story in the 416-page novel with “raw, unflinching honesty,” Penguin Random House says.