Prince Harry is getting candid about his decision to step back as a senior royal.
On Monday, Netflix released a new trailer for the second installment of their “Harry & Meghan” docuseries, which will be released on December 15. The first three episodes were released on December 8.
In the clip, the 38-year-old is seen talking to the camera as he reflects on how he and his wife Meghan Markle struggled with British tabloids targeting them. Harry also claimed that he and the former American actress were treated differently than his older brother Prince William.
The Prince of Wales, 40, is the heir to the British throne.
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“They were happy to lie to protect my brother,” Harry alleged in the trailer, before adding that he and Markle, 41, were victims of “institutional gaslighting.”
“They never wanted to tell the truth to protect us,” he added.
Harry also noted that he had to “wonder what would have happened to us if we hadn’t come out when we did”.
“I said, ‘We have to get out of here,'” Harry recalled.
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The trailer also showed a self-portrait of Harry that looked like it was taken on a cellphone. The father-of-two is seen talking during a flight.
“We’re on the flight to freedom,” said Harry.
In the trailer, the former “Suits” star opened up about the impact of the couple’s decision to step back. When they were announced in 2020, the UK government removed their 24-hour police protection, as they were no longer entitled to taxpayer-funded security.
“Our security has been removed,” Markle said. “Everyone in the world knew where we were… I wasn’t thrown to the wolves. I was fed to the wolves.”
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The trailer ends with a clip of the Sussexes enjoying their new life in the coastal town of Montecito, California with their son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1.
“To move on to the next chapter, you have to complete the first chapter,” Harry said. “I always felt like this was a fight worth fighting for.”
“It gave us a chance to create that home we always wanted,” Markle said.
Kinsey Schofield, royal expert and host of the ‘To Di For Daily’ podcast, told Fox News Digital she was appalled by Harry’s latest claims.
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“Harry and Meghan’s documentary is littered with dishonesty to bolster their calculated version of events,” she alleged. “When Harry says, ‘They were happy to lie to protect my brother, they never meant to tell the truth to protect us’, I’m sure he’s referring to The Firm. They probably corrected that sounding phrase. [during editing] not to sound aggressive, but if the UK media is so terrible, then protecting Harry and Meghan would never be on their radar and Harry wouldn’t expect that from them.”
“Harry has provided the palace with far more controversial stories to wade through than William ever could,” Schofield said. “William is the heir. Of course the palace will protect him. Keep your nose out of trouble and nothing can be said about you… The palace has worked overtime to change Harry’s image from angry bar dweller to war hero they didn’t really protect harry with a very strategic transformation there is no way he would have the platform he has now to slander his family He was popular because The Firm worked very hard to make him likeable.
“Instinct tells me that Palace staff have stopped defending Meghan over the fact that she has been accused by multiple employees of cruel treatment,” Schofield added.
The British press erupted in outrage on Friday at the docuseries, which lambasted British media for their treatment of the royal couple.
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But much of Britain reacted to the Netflix show with a shrug. Buckingham Palace made no comment and the Prime Minister did not look on.
In the first three episodes, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with friends and loved ones, detailed the couple’s early lives and their blossoming romance. This led to their fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018 and their growing dissatisfaction with what they saw as the Duchess’s racist treatment by the media and lack of support from the palace.
Harry has long spoken out against the intrusion of the press which he says darkened his childhood and contributed to the death of his mother, Princess Diana. She was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 aged 36 while being chased by photographers.
In the doc, Markle claimed the media wanted to “destroy” her, while Harry says his wife was put on a “feeding frenzy” by the press. It angered British newspapers, many of which splashed their anger on front pages and editorial columns.
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Bob Seely, a lawmaker from the ruling Conservative Party, said he would try to introduce a bill in parliament to strip the couple of their royal titles. Seely said Prince Harry was attacking important British institutions, “in addition to ransacking his family and monetizing his misery for public consumption”. Meanwhile, Employment Minister Guy Opperman called the pair ‘totally irrelevant’ and urged people ‘to boycott Netflix and make sure we’re really focused on the things that matter’ .
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said it does not support Seely’s bill or a boycott of Netflix.
“It’s up to the public to decide which channels they want to watch,” spokesman Jamie Davies said. He said the prime minister had not watched the series and the government would ‘never comment on royal affairs’.
King Charles III declined to comment on the Netflix series during public engagements in London on Thursday or during a visit to Welsh football club Wrexham AFC on Friday, where he met team owners Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Both said they hadn’t watched the show, with McElhenney joking, “I’ve never heard of it.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties in early 2020 and moved to California to start a new life as activists, charity benefactors and media personalities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.