Meghan Markle recalls ‘amazing’ first Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family and reveals funny moment she had with Prince Philip
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Netflix documentary has dropped
- Meghan discussed her first Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham
- She revealed a funny moment with the late Prince Philip from the 2017 dinner
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Meghan Markle has recalled the ‘amazing’ first Christmas she experienced at Sandringham with members of the Royal Family in her and Prince Harry’s Netflix documentary.
The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service today, with three explosive episodes available to viewers.
In the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, tells the camera about her first festive season with the Royal Family in 2017, recalling a funny moment she experienced with the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham,’ Meghan said. Calling my mum, and she’s like, “How’s it going?”. And I said, “Oh my gosh, it’s amazing.”
Meghan Markle (pictured) has recalled the ‘amazing’ first Christmas she experienced at Sandringham with members of the Royal Family in her and Prince Harry’s Netflix documentary
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Prince Philip at the Christmas Day church service, Sandringham, Norfolk, on 25 December 2017
‘It’s just like a big family like I always wanted,’ she added. And there was just this constant movement and energy and fun.’
She then detailed how at dinner she was sat next to Prince Philip, ‘H’s grandfather’.
Meghan explained: ‘And I just thought it was so wonderful. And I was like, “Oh, we chatted and it was so great.” And I talked about this, and talked about this.
‘He was like, “You had his bad ear. He couldn’t hear anything you were saying.” I was like “Oh. Well, I thought it went really well.”
Elsewhere in the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex claimed she didn’t know what a royal walkabout was before going on her first.
In the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex (pictured in 2017 with Harry, Prince Philip and the Princess of Wales, then the Duchess of Cambridge), 41, tells the camera about her first festive season with the Royal Family in 2017, recalling a funny moment she experienced with the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
‘I never saw pictures or videos of a walkabout. Like, what’s a walkabout?,’ said the US-based mother-of-two Duchess.
Harry explained: ‘I could talk her through as much as I knew from my own experience of what I’d seen. The piece I really didn’t know about was the style, right, and what a woman needed to, how they needed to dress and all that.’
Meghan added that before her big moment in Nottingham, her zip broke on her ensemble and had to be safety pinned, to which Harry said: ‘The whole thing was just ridiculous.’
The Duke recalled: Everybody was just so excited and pleased and happy. And I think people looked at it and went, “Wow, what a breath of fresh air.”‘
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix bombshell Netflix documentary series has dropped today – and in the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex claimed she didn’t know what a royal walkabout was before going on her first
The first volume of the six-part docuseries dropped on the streaming service today, with three explosive episodes available to viewers. Harry and Meghan pictured in 2017
Meghan recalled: ‘No, you’d be there with the scissors like, “Guys, be ready. We have five minutes.” Okay. And I was like, “Should I wear these earrings?” Are these a British designer? I just ordered these online. Is this good? Wait, my tag’s on. Cut the tag.”’
‘And then the zip breaks,’ revealed Harry, before his wife explained: ‘And he’s like “OKay babes, safety pin. Just safety pin it.”… “Ready?” “Yeah” “Okay”. We just sort of went with it.’
The couple had been reported to have tried to push back their documentary to 2023 despite the streaming giant paying them a rumoured $100million (£88million) for the fly-on-the-wall series.
There have been mixed reports, with the royals reportedly ‘at odds’ with the production staff on their Netflix docuseries because the ‘panicked’ couple want to make ‘such extensive edits’ that the team believe the project could be ‘shelved indefinitely’.
Buckingham Palace will be braced for the worst after two trailers revealed the couple will claim they had no protection from royal officials and that aides actively leaked and ‘planted stories’ against them as part of a ‘dirty game’.
King Charles and Prince William are poised to issue a ‘swift and robust’ response to any unjust claims in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series – but William and his wife Kate are not likely to watch it themselves, sources said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already made a number of claims in two trailers released by Netflix
King Charles and Prince William (pictured with Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales) are poised to issue a ‘swift and robust’ response to any unjust claims
This image released by Netflix shows promotional art for the documentary Harry & Meghan
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an appearance at the Ripple of Hope Awards in New York last night
Meghan: ‘I had to Google God Save The Queen!’
Meghan Markle revealed that she had to Google the British national anthem – and wasn’t given a ‘Princess Diaries’-esque crash course on royal etiquette – in the third episode of the couple’s highly anticipated Netlix documentary, which was released today.
Senior royals are said to be bracing for the worst and will be prepared to address any unfounded accusations in the documentary.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already made a number of claims in two trailers released by Netflix in recent days, saying they had no protection from the Palace and accused aides of actively leaking and ‘planting’ stories against them as part of a ‘dirty game’.
But the Royal Family believes the series will actually by slim on new revelations.
A source told The Mirror: ‘There’s a real feeling in the camp that Harry and Meghan are making a lot of noise and there isn’t much more to say.
‘But preparations are being made for all outcomes, especially if there are unjust accusations being made.’
Members of the Sussexes’ now defunct household are also said to be ‘seething with rage’ over trailers for the six-part documentary.
Officials from both Buckingham and Kensington Palace will watch the first three episodes of the series this morning.
But it is understood that the Prince and Princess of Wales will refuse to watch the first three episodes of the documentary.
An insider also told The Sun that the royals are reluctant to engage in a tit-for-tat battle over the series.
They said: ‘If there are parts which are blatantly wrong, then it is only right that they are corrected.
‘The trailers already have some glaring errors and misrepresentations, which doesn’t bode well for the full series. But the plan is to keep schtum and carry on.”
But sources told the newspaper they are unlikely to respond until the full series has been released – due next Thursday.
Aides are understood to have been briefed by the King and Prince of Wales to issue a ‘swift and robust’ response if required.
‘If there is a need to respond to anything in the upcoming series then you can be assured that response will be swift and robust.’
Members of the Sussexes’ now defunct household are said to be ‘seething with rage’ over trailers for the six-part documentary
The couple have been shown claiming they had no protection from the Palace and that aides actively leaked and ‘planted stories’ against them as part of a ‘dirty game’
The timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell documentary series
September 2020 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s production company, Archewell Productions, signed a reported $100million deal with the streaming giant.
July 2021 – Meghan announces first project with Netflix – an animated series called Pearl. She was taking on the roles of ‘creator and executive producer’ – marking the first time the former actress and Suits star would work in the position of EP.
September – Spotted filming in New York at the Global Citizen Live event
April 2022 – Spotted filming at the Invictus Games in the Hague
May – Reports emerge Netflix are hoping for an ‘at-home with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex-style’ docuseries
Meghan’s animated series Pearl is dropped by Netflix as part of a wave of cutbacks prompted by the streaming service’s drop in subscribers.
June – Couple were told they wouldn’t be able to film while attending Jubilee celebrations
August – Meghan hints that the documentary could focus on their ‘love story
September – The Queen dies. Reports emerge the the couple want to ‘downplay’ what they’ve said about the royal family in the documentary
October – It was reported how the Duke and Duchess were ‘at odds’ with the production staff on their Netflix docuseries because the ‘panicked’ couple wanted to make ‘such extensive edits’ that the team believe the project could be ‘shelved indefinitely’.
Meghan then appears to try to distance herself from the project during an interview.
She suggested that its direction was in the hands of left-leaning filmmaker Liz Garbus ‘even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it’.
At the end of the month, it’s announced Prince Harry’s memoir will be released on January 10 and will be called Spare.
November – It was reported Prince Harry was trying to get Netflix to postpone the documentary until after Christmas so it was released at around the same time as his bombshell memoir.
It is claimed Prince Harry and Meghan first hired Oscar-nominated director Garrett Bradley for the series – before they had a falling out and she left.
Meanwhile Netflix face heavy backlash over the fifth series of The Crown, and reports suggest the streaming platform might push back the release date of Harry and Meghan’s series in response.
However, it is then revealed the couple will release the documentary on December 8.
December 1 – First trailer is released, showcasing a number of highly personal images
December 8 – Part one of the documentary is released
December 15 – Part two of the documentary is set to be released
January 10 2023 – Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is due to be released
It is understood that Netflix offered a right of reply to senior royals to allow them the chance to respond to any allegations featured in the series.
But Buckingham and Kensington Palace both deny receiving any such approach.
Harry and Meghan, meanwhile, have vowed that it is just the ‘beginning’ and have earlier spoken of ‘sweeping down walls of oppression’.
But Netflix’s use of ‘misleading’ footage in two trailers for the series would not have been tolerated by British broadcasters, according to producers.
Former BBC and Channel 4 commissioning editor Peter Grimsdale said lawyers would have intervened before the trailer was released.
He told The Times: ‘It’s almost hard-wired into us to make sure we know where every shot comes from because that’s the sort of thing that if there was complaints about it, you would be in real trouble.
‘There’s a certain duty of care. I think people working for Sky would feel the same way. It’s partly a function of regulations just being different in America.’
Mr Grimsdale added: ‘99.9 per cent of the time this doesn’t happen because every one checks.’
It comes after the Sussexes faced an awkward grilling from journalists about their explosive documentary in New York on Tuesday.
Harry and Meghan were asked if they were putting money before family as they graced a star-studded gala hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation, where they received an award for fighting racism in the Royal Family.
The pair did not give a direct response, but the duke could be heard saying ‘so many questions’ before they were escorted inside.
Earlier, they told the ceremony that their war against ‘oppression’ has only just begun.
Harry and Meghan delivered the politically charged pre-taped remarks after being honoured with an award for fighting racism in the Royal Family by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, a prize that counts Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton among its former recipients.
Meghan also talked about her struggle with suicidal thoughts since becoming a member of the Royal Family, telling the audience she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ and revealing that the decision not to end her life ‘wasn’t easy’, in remarks echoing those made during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In a speech praising the late RFK, the Duke of Sussex told the star-studded Ripple of Hope Gala: ‘As we all face a complete and challenging time in the world, we choose the path of optimism of care for each other and our communities.
‘We understand this honour, not about the culmination of a life’s work, but instead and in many ways for us, a beginning.’
He said: ‘Bobby Kennedy said, ”Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”’
His wife said: ‘The enduring dream of RFK of a just and peaceful world is so much more than a simple hope. It’s a direct ask, a specific challenge, a call to action, a test of individual courage and collective spirit. And his appeal to humanity is as relevant today as it was in 1966 when he stood before the University of Cape Town, a place we’ve visited and hold close to our hearts. And he delivered a vision for the common good of society.
‘He also said those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance’.
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