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Harry’s grief laid bare as he admits ‘blocking out’ memories of Diana

Harry & Meghan: Explosive trailer for Netflix documentary

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix docuseries was released on Thursday. The first three episodes share the couple’s love story and explore the challenges facing them from racism to the tabloid media. The Duke of Sussex also revealed he doesn’t have many early memories of his mother Princess Diana who died in a car crash in 1997 when he was just 12 years old.

During the first episode, Harry spoke of his childhood within the Royal Family and viewers saw archive footage of Diana and Harry’s father, the then Prince of Wales, alongside Harry and his older brother William. 

Harry explained: “My childhood, I remember, was filled with laughter, filled with happiness and filled with adventure.”

He continued: “I don’t have many early memories of my mum. It was almost like, internally, I sort of blocked them out. 

“But I always remember her laugh, her cheeky laugh, her always saying to me ‘You can get in trouble – just don’t get caught’. I’ll always be that cheeky person inside.”

Harry also spoke about his experience with the media as a child, explaining that the majority of his memories as a young boy were of his family being “swarmed by paparazzi”.

Footage is shown of the media photographing the family on holiday and Harry said: “Rarely do we have a holiday without someone with a camera jumping out of the bush or something.”

He said he could “always see on his mum’s face” when she was “stressed” about the media attention.

Alongside footage of a family skiing holiday with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Harry said the media also made him uncomfortable: “Paparazzi used to harass us to the point where we had to be forced into smiling and answering questions to the travelling press pack.”

Volume one of Harry & Meghan explores the challenges facing the couple including the racism they were confronted by and the treatment by the tabloid press.

During the first episode, Harry also compared Meghan to Diana: “So much of what Meghan is, how she is, is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion, she has the same empathy, she has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her.”

He explains that he made the decision to leave the Firm to protect his family. He explained: “I didn’t want history to repeat itself.”

Since leaving the Royal Family in March 2020, Harry and Meghan moved to the US and now reside in Montecito, California where they are raising their two children – three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet – and are close to Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

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Meghan was the first American and person of mixed-race heritage to marry into the Royal Family, and despite having limited memories of his mother, Harry said followed his heart in his relationship. 

He explained: “I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who perhaps you are destined to be with.

“Difference between making decisions with your head or your heart and my mum certainly made most of her decisions, of not all of them, from her heart. And I am my mother’s son.”

The final three episodes of the Netflix series will arrive on Netflix next week on Thursday, December 15.

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