In a new trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix docuseries, Harry and Meghan, the Duke of Sussex asks the question the whole world is wondering about their royal departure: “It’s really hard to look back on it now and go, what on earth happened?” he says to the camera.
The next minute seems to provide a few answers. Showing footage of the couple being swarmed by the paparazzi, a voiceover comprised of audio clips from Harry, Meghan, and several talking heads discusses the damaging media frenzy that engulfed the couple. While the attention began as positive—a broadcaster calls Meghan “a royal rockstar”—the trailer soon takes a dark turn, alluding to the slew of negative stories that plagued the couple in the British tabloids. (While no specific stories are mentioned, the troubled relationship between the Duchess and Thomas Markle played out painfully within the press. Recently, she won a privacy lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday after they shared a private letter she sent her estranged father.)
Harry then alleges some claims were purposely printed to suit the agenda of others, although whose exactly is unclear. “There’s leaking but also planting of stories,” he says. “It’s a dirty game.” Meghan then adds her own ominous take: “I realized—they’re never going to protect you,” she says.
Netflix also announced today that the Liz Garbus-directed project will arrive in two parts, each consisting of three episodes. Part one will drop on December 8, while part two will drop on December 15.
Despite the serious subject matter of the trailers, in earlier interviews, Markle says that at its core, Harry and Meghan is a love story. “So much of how my husband and I see things is through our love story,” she told Variety. “I think that’s what people around the world connected to, especially with our wedding. People love love. I’m not excluded in that sentiment.”