We already know emotions are going to be high in the Harry and Meghan Netflix series, and now with an official release date, we know when we'll need to start stocking up on those boxes of Kleenex.
On Thursday, December 1, Netflix decided to turn our attention away from The Crown season 5 by giving us the real deal: a teaser trailer for Harry & Meghan, its highly-anticipated "global event" releasing later this month.
After stepping back from their royal titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan decided to regain control over their narrative. In 2020, they signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, features, children's programs and other projects under their brand, Archwell Productions. First up on the slate of to-do's is their own story, as cameras have been following them for nearly a year under the direction of Liz Garbus.
"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," Markle admitted to Variety. "We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens."
Now that the docuseries is complete, viewers all over the world are curious to get the couple's take on leaving royal life behind and what's next on their journey. We're comfortable saying this one's running a close race to that viral Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Oprah Winfrey interview!
Harry and Meghan Netflix series: everything we know
When is the 'Harry & Meghan' Netflix release date?
The Harry & Meghan docuseries will be a two-parter airing in December: the first volume will debut on Thursday, December 8, with the second arriving on the streamer a week later, on Thursday, December 15.
Watch the official 'Harry & Meghan' trailer:
On Monday, December 5 the streamer gave us a sneak peek at Harry & Meghan with a minute-long official trailer, which combines the many publicized royal outings of the pair with an assortment of personal images of the couple. It concludes with a chilling line from Harry: "No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth."
Was the 'Harry & Meghan' Netflix series delayed?
No, the project was not scrapped, but Harry & Meghan did feature a few setbacks along the way.
Following Queen Elizabeth II's death in September 2022, reports indicated that Megan and Harry were attempting to push back the premiere of their series by a year, especially given its close proximity to the premiere of The Crown. (Speaking of which, here's what you need to know about The Crown season 6.)
Other sources allege that the pair wanted to edit out remarks pertaining to King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William and Kate Middleton, another possible reason for delays.
Lastly, the project did undergo a few changes throughout production. Initially, Harry and Meghan were working with director Garrett Bradley, but they did not mesh with some of her ideas, such as filming at home and not granting them access to the editing process. After Bradley left the project, Liz Garbus assumed the role of director.
Stay tuned for even more scoop on the Harry & Meghan documentary series. If you were asking, "When does the Prince Harry book come out?" you can follow up your docuseries screening with a read of his memoir, Spare, which hits shelves on January 17, 2023.
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