Volume II of Netflix’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Docuseries Is Coming—Here’s What We Know
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The latest trailer includes never-before-seen family photos and moments of the Duke, Duchess and their children.
Season 5 of The Crown isn’t the only royal Netflix show to make a splash this year. Die-hard royal family followers can indulge in a binge-worthy treat this December: a documentary series following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is Netflix’s latest royal endeavor.
The six-episode, two-volume, docuseries—fittingly named Harry & Meghan—is part of the couple’s multi-year production deal with Netflix. Now, viewers around the world can catch a further glimpse into the couple’s story. And, after the bombshells from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s March 2021 interview with Oprah, this multi-episode long series is bound to bubble up some royal controversies.
Here’s everything we know about the highly anticipated series so far.
What does the Volume II trailer reveal about Harry and Meghan?
The first volume of Harry & Meghan skyrocketed to number one on Netflix in the United States following its premiere. The docuseries viewership even beat out the Season 5 premiere of The Crown—2.4 million streamers tuned in to the docuseries premiere, while 1.1 million tuned into The Crown premiere. The streaming platform’s latest trailer for the series’ second installment seems likely to promise similar results.
“To move to the next chapter, you gotta finish the first chapter,” Prince Harry remarks in the trailer. Through a black-and-white photo series, viewers get a glimpse of what that next chapter looked like. The trailer features a montage of Sussex family clips, including an adorable photo of the Duke, Duchess and their children—Archie and Lilibet Diana, who is up on the Duke’s shoulders.
Harry & Meghan. The Netflix Global event continues December 15. Harry & Meghan Volume I: Now Streaming Volume II: December 15
While details of the series have been kept tightly under wraps, some enticing clips solidify that it will continue to be discussed at length. “I wasn’t being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves,” Meghan Markle emphasizes in the trailer, and Prince Harry starts off a sentence with, “to see this institutional gaslighting.” (In case you didn’t know, “gaslighting” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, so we think audiences can anticipate an exhilarating second volume based on this alone.)
The trailer also foreshadows some potential royal family feuds. Harry alludes to different treatment of Prince William by revealing how Buckingham Palace was, “happy to lie and protect my brother. They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.” Nonetheless, Harry adds that, “I’ve always felt as though this was a fight worth fighting for.”
When will the Meghan and Harry docuseries air?
Get your popcorn ready, because Volume I of the Netflix docuseries is already available to stream, having been released on Dec. 8. Volume II will be released on Thursday, Dec. 15. Each volume contains three episodes, meaning viewers can easily binge the series for all the ins and outs of the Sussex story. Along with Prince Harry’s impending memoir, Spare, hitting bookstore shelves shortly after on Jan. 10, 2023, there’s no doubt that some new royal family scandals may be in our future.
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Who directed the docuseries?
Oscar-nominated documentary director Liz Garbus is the director at the helm of the docuseries. In addition to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s docuseries, Garbus has directed films that highlight icons like Marilyn Monroe, Nina Simone and Bobby Fischer.
“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 said about working with Garbus in an interview with Variety. “But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”
Harry & Meghan. A Netflix Global Event.
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— Netflix (@netflix) December 5, 2022
What will the docuseries be about?
In an official press release for the series, Netflix offers viewers a summary of what to expect amongst the six vulnerable 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.”
“With commentary from friends and family,” the press release continues, “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.”
With a summary like that, there’s no doubt more than a few monarchy bombshells will drop. Accompanied by taglines from the latest trailer ranging from “it’s a dirty game,” to “no one knows the full truth,” and “what on Earth happened?” some of the series revelations may make excellent future storylines of The Crown.
Additionally, more specific details surrounding the series have been speculated on. Page Six alleges that the series has been in the works for months and that cameras followed the two throughout 2021. Film locations have reportedly included their Montecito, California, mansion and New York City.
In an interview with The Cut, Markle specified that she does not consider the series to be a reality series. Instead, she describes the project as a love story that the couple has not been able to share with audiences.
What kind of love story will the series portray?
“So much of how my husband and I see things is through our love story,” Markle said in her Variety interview. “I think that’s what people around the world connected to, especially with our wedding.” And Markle isn’t wrong. The couple’s wedding captured the world and made history in multiple ways.
“People love love,” the Duchess affirms. “And our definition of love is really expansive: partner love, self-love, the love of community and family. We use that as the baseline of the kind of shows and documentaries we want out there. I hope that is the sentiment that people feel when they see any of the content or the projects that we are working on.”
- Harpers Bazaar: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Highly Anticipated Docuseries Finally Has a Release Date“
- Page Six: “Prince Harry and Meghan. Markle ‘at-home’ docuseries is coming to Netflix“
- People: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix Docuseries Set to Premiere in December“
- People: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix Docuseries Release Date Revealed: ‘We Know the Full Truth‘”
- People: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share a New Family Photo Starring Archie and Lili“
- The Cut: “Meghan of Montecito“
- Variety: “Meghan Markle Lets Her Guard Down: On Grieving Queen Elizabeth, Producing With Harry and Returning to Hollywood“
- Yahoo!News: “Harry & Meghan: Netflix series beats The Crown as Viewership Ratings Announced“