After months of speculation that Harry & Meghan would be pushed back following the Queen’s death, Netflix has released the first trailer for the docuseries, and it seems the Liz Garbus-led project will give a more in-depth look at the couple’s personal life than ever before.
While the trailer includes no footage beyond one-on-one interviews with the Sussexes, audio is played over a succession of never-before-seen black-and-white images that retrace the history of Harry and Meghan’s love story: the pair dancing at the reception of their wedding, Meghan in her much-dissected Stella McCartney dress; the pair together on holiday, jumping for the camera and pulling silly faces; a low-key moment following a formal event, with Harry in shirt and braces, planting a kiss on Meghan as she sits on the kitchen counter.
“Why did you want to make this documentary?” Garbus questions the Duke of Sussex at the beginning of the minute-long teaser. “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors,” Harry responds. “I had to do everything I could to protect my family.” As for Meghan’s take? “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?” she asks. Netflix has yet to confirm an exact release date for the series, but it is expected to be premiering on the streaming giant in the near future – most likely before the end of the year.
The Duchess previously opened up about the project – and what the couple’s focus will be with Archewell Productions going forward – during an interview with Variety this autumn, in which she promoted her Archetypes podcast. “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story – a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired – even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it,” she reflected. “But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens… So much of how my husband and I see things is through our love story. 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.”
While the first season of Archetypes has now ended, Harry is currently gearing up to release his memoir, Spare, due for global publication on 10 January. Per Penguin Random House, the book “takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last.” Watch the trailer for Harry & Meghan in full below.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk