Netflix's documentary series about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has garnered more viewing time on the streaming service than any other documentary in its first week. The first three episodes of the series recorded 81.55 million hours of viewing after the premiere last Thursday, according to Netflix.
More than 28 million households watched at least part of the series. The second part of the three-episode series will be released on Netflix on Thursday and will focus on the couple's decision to step back from royal duties.
In the trailer for the upcoming episodes, Harry and Meghan can be heard discussing the media coverage of their decision and the impact it had on their lives. "They were happy to lie to protect my brother," Harry says in the trailer, while Meghan adds, "I wasn't being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves." The couple's global press secretary has stated that the couple never cited privacy as the reason for stepping back from royal duties.
Instead, they argue that the media created a distorted narrative that trapped the couple into silence and prevented them from sharing their story on their own terms. “The Duke and Duchess have never cited privacy as the reason for stepping back,” the couple’s global press secretary said.
“This distorted narrative was intended to trap the couple into silence … They are choosing to share their story, on their terms, and yet the tabloid media has created an entirely untrue narrative that permeates press coverage and public opinion.
The facts are right in front of them”.
In the first three episodes,
the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of revelations, with Meghan recalling her first death threat and Harry opening up about wearing face masks on dates amid heavy media attention.
The pair also discussed their decision to step back from royal duties and move to the United States. The couple received between $100 million and $150 million from Netflix to deliver scripted series, documentaries, and children's programming over several years.
They hit back at criticism for sharing personal videos and photos in the documentary, with the prince and his wife's manager saying that privacy was not a key reason Harry and Meghan stepped back from royal duties and left the United Kingdom.