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he was the party threat. >> for many years it was a real worry of what would happen to harry. >> he rebelled against loyalty. >> he decided to leave the royal family. haunted by his mother's death. he struggled to find his way. >> being royal for harry was a burden and a curse. >> she's a former american act actress. >> i have to up my game. >> unlike any bride before.
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>> everything about meghan markle disqualifies her for marrying harry. >> the duke and duchess say they'll step back a senior members of the royal family. harry decided that i am going to look after my wife in a way that i was not able to look after my mother. >> what do you think the future looks like for harry and meghan. >> the sky's the limit. they will harness and change the world. >> royal revolution. "harry and meghan." september 15th, 1984. prince henry charles albert david was born. >> harry came into the world
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different from his brother he was harrowed it as the next in line to the throne of england. harry was a spare. paul berrel was princess harry's butler. he knew he was second. he was always referred to as a spare. second best. that had a profound best on harry. >> his childhood i am mpacted bs parents' marital troubles. >> he grew up in a tricky household. the prince and princess never happened together. in a marriage it failed before it even began. >> when charles and diana divorced, it hit harry hard and one year later, his mother was killed. harry was just 12-year-old.
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this incredibly loving figure who had given him so much warmth and comfort, it was a difficult childhood and extraordinary upbringing was gone. >> it was a trageic case of dont let yourself think about your mum and the grief and the hurt that comes with it because it is never going to bring her back and it will make you more sad. >> people deal with grief in different ways. my way dealing with it was shutting out. prince harry arooirived to the prestigious school, the year after his mother's death. harry struggledd academically.
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>> diana would never want harry to go to eaton because he would compares to his brother's success. >> prince harry decided that he was going to be a bad boy. the reasons he didn't do well was partly his fault. >> in 2002, headline emerged of harry's drinking and marijuana use. >> did it seem like it was more antics? >> i personally was worried that there was something deeper, it was medication going on. >> after graduating from eaton, harry escaped to africa during his gap career for humanitarian work. >> it was an escape from this heavy duty world of royalty, always being watched, always being photographed. he could be very ordinary.
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>> he spent two months with children in need and others whose parents had died from aids. he saw in them something that he felt was missing in his life, care, love and attention, the loss of his mother. harry not only felt in love with the children and the country, he began a serious romance with a wealthy girl from south africa, chelsea davies. >> he's very free spirited. she also shared his love of africa. >> chelsea remained constant in harry's life for years to come. >> she came into his life at a time he was missing the female figure to support him. chelsea did that and understood him. she could understand that he had
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been going through a difficult time and is still going through a hard time >> a very hard time that harry struggles to overcome. >> when we come back, many years it was a real worry about what would happen to harry because he didn't seem to want to be a royal, he wanted to be a normal human being. new cetaphil deep hydration facial collection... delivers lasting 48-hour hydration. hyaluronic acid plus exclusive hydrosensitiv complex... ...replenish & soothe skin.
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i . as harry navigated the highs and lows of growing up as a prince, meghan markle was raised a world away from the poms and circumstances of the royal life. meghan markle's childhood in l.a. was not that. born in 1981. she was the only child of radlin
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and markle. >> her father was white and her mother was black. when she fills out forms it was not always a bubble to fit her to fill in. >> while her parents made sure meghan felt comfortable in her own skin. years of worked up racial tension in the country exploded right in her own backyard. >> she was driving with her mom and i think there was debris and she thought was snowing and she realized it was a riot. riot erupted when white police officers acquitted in the beating of a black man, rodney king. >> it opened meghan's eye that this was a world that's not always treating her kind and
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fairly. >> while watching tv advertisements for a class project, one commercial stood out to her. >> they implied the product is just for women who are going to be at home doing cleaning. >> i don't think it is rielgt for kids to grow up thinking these things that just moms does everything. >> she wrote a letter. >> i was wondering if you would be able to change the commercial that people all over america. would you know it? i worked it. >> people are fighting greasy pots and pans with ivory clear. >> it had to have been a wonderful re-enforcement for her that she could take a stance and have her voice heard and not be dismissed. meghan returned to los angeles to pursue her acting dreams. >> she said her 20s were brutal.
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meghan struggled a lot. to become a successful actress or make a living is like winning a lottery ticket. the number of forces that have to combine to get you even the smallest graph of success are so astronomical. >> she auditioned throughout her 20s. she landed on "suits." >> is this all a joke to you? i take my job seriously. >> she got lucky. she hit a great screen test and she had excellent chemistry with her costar. "suits" was an instant hit. >> "suits" changed meghan markle's hylife, she was making more money than ever before. meghan made changes in her life
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including ending her two-year marriage to trevor engleson. >> when they met he was a producer and they were the same place in their careers. and then "suits" really took off and they were not going in the same direction anymore. she was filming in toronto and he was in los angeles. there wer there were thousand and thousands between them. >> meghan trafrveled to rwanda 2016 to highlight the importance of drinking clean water. >> this clean water sources changed the entire community. >> this is a celebrity who
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while meghan was trying to make it in hollywood, harry earned a reputation as reclkles and self-destruction. >> he didn't want to be a royal. he wanted to be a normal human being. >> in 2005, harry joined the british army where he was one of the guys. >> as far as i am concerned, i try to be a civil and normal person. for once this is as normal as i am going to get. >> there were painful reminders he's still a royal. after ten weeks in afghanistan, his mission was leaked and harry was evacuated.
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>> it would have taken taliban or others long to search around and perhaps find where he was. there was a risk to him. i think also increase risk to him and other soldiers who were around him so the safest thing to do was bring him back. >> he was boiling mad and he started heading the gutter, he started drinking heavily and he was fed up with who he was. >> when he came to see me, i can't be a normal young man. he want to replicate that again. he accepted in his private sector. the only way to go back is the anonymity of being inside a
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helicopter. he decided to learn how to fly a helicopter. >> harry became a pilot, he was the best co-pilot gunner on his weapon course. >> i actually believer th his success was the making of harry. harry who spent all his life being second best to his brother, being the spare suddenly found something that he could do and could do better than anybody else. that gave him confidence that he had never ever had before. >> it changed him, i think. >> it is easy for williams and he's heading towards the throne. being royal for harry was a burr burden and a curse. he was only a spare. what was his job?
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what was his way forward. >> his family and fame brought an end with his relationship with chelsea davies. >> chelsea experienced the most horrible treatment. photographers were waiting for her and they would call her names and trying to get a reaction from her. i get she's looking to all of this and thought do i want this for my life. she took one look of what life with harry would involved and turned her back on it. she didn't want to be a princess. i don't think any sane person wants to be a princess. >> harry opened up in 2013 about his feelings about being a royal in a documentary for the bbc. >> i spent a long time in my
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life of my head buried in the sand, i don't want to be prince harry, i don't want this speed responsibility and this role. and look at what happened to my mother and why does it happen to me? >> harry considered a drastic move. presence harry got so low that he decided at one point that he may leave the royal family. >> he's living his life that he's born into that's not his choice. >> in 2017, harry shared his struggle as part of his head together campaign with prince william and kate to end stigma around mental health. >> we never really talked about losing my mom at a young age. what's the point of bringing up her, it is not going to change or bring her back. when you start thinking like that it could be damaging. harry told the bbc, he wanted to follow his mother's footsteps. all i want to do is try to fill the holes that my mother left.
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that's what it is about for us is trying to make a difference and making a difference making her proud. >> he started a charity with the children he met in africa. >> you look at his work with hiv and aids. in 2014, he found the invictus games. it gives wounded warriors and veterans a chance to define by more than their injuries. >> he used his own experience of loss and sadness to help these soldiers. >> when we come back. the struggles with being royal. >> it was a photographer who got inside meghan's house in to
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markle. okay, give me a bit of background. >> it was july 2016 in london when britain's most eligible bachelor was set up on a blind date. >> it was definitely set up. >> i was beautifully surprised when i walked into that room and saw her sitting there. okay, i have to up my game. >> harry upped his game and began a long distance romance meeting up in london and toronto where meghan and the actress was filming the tv show "suits." >> wow, you are pretty, you hit on me, we can get out of the way i am not interested. >> when they first met nobody knew about it. it was so impressive. the great fear of harry finding a wife was always going to be the intrusion of the press
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because the press killed two previous long-term relationships. >> we talked about his private life at the time. i think that made it difficult to find someone who could cope with that kind of spotlight. >> and what happened to his mother was never far from his mind. #. >> harry and his brother still feel paparazzis were apart of s mother's death. why would anyone want to put this up with me? >> harry wanted to keep his relationship with meghan private as soon as he could. >> four months, after that date, the news was out and paparazzi pounced once again. >> the photographer got inside meghan's house in toronto. the paparazzi were camping on
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her mother's front lawn and following and harassing anybody who knew her. >> despite starring in a tv show, meghan was relatively unknown. now the british press wanted to know who she was and if she was fit for the royal family. she was a woman who had been married and people fascinated that she was divorced and by her background and her acting and career woman. how would it work in the royal family. they also had seen someone biracial dating the royal family. some of the conversations were racist. >> one headline saying straight out of compton, suggesting he was in a gang. >> it was racially loaded and whole other issue exploded. the number of horrific social
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media comments began to flood in from the darkest corners of the internet. >> the royal family responded in un unprecedented fashion with prince harry's team confronting the quote, "abuse and harassment" meghan was facing. this is not a game, it is her life and his. >> in the past, members of the royal family, princess would marry princesses, when prince charles was looking for a wife, it was a requirement that a wife should be a virgin and a member of the church england. >> you go back to the few generations of the royal family, everything you can say about meghan markle disqualifies her
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mar marrying meghan. >> it was not charles and diana's wedding and marriage a wake up call. you can try to have somebody perfect but i has to be chemistry and you have to let the person have the freedom to marry who they want. >> it was a lesson they learned. >> in november of 2017, harry and meghan announced their engagement. >> kensington welcomed meghan opened arms. the queen made an exception and invite meghan to spend christmas with the royal family. >> a powerful sign of the
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monarchy and the queen is m modernizing and changing. the queen first and foremost wanted her grandson to be happy. >> when we come back. tension in the royal family. william looked at harry moving very quickly towards marriage and said, hold on a minute, are you sure --
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may 19, 2018. harry and meghan married. it was an extraordinary national celebration, u.k. and so many people around world are behind harry and meghan. >> the new royal couple. you can hear the cheering. >> and in terms of public opinion, they were popular. there is no doubt about that. you just need to see all the coverage and the run up to the
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wedding. harry was one of the most popular members of the royal family for a long time. >> meghan seemed to be utterly perfect. it was fantastic to have somebody of mixed race coming into the royal family making it relevant to so many people in britain. >> their popularity cons on their first royal tour to austria tour and new zealand and tonga where they were treated like rock stars. >> more importantly a lot of coverage. that was meghan's first tour as a member of the royal family. how did she do? a triumph it seems for a royal family. a new golden couple to help the
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next generation carry the monarchy forward. >> they looked the perfect four some. it looked like they were getting along very well. >> soon stories began to leaked. there were tension. they had a good relationship the three of them. meghan arrived and i think that was when things started to go wrong. harry fell head over hills. william is very controlled in what he does. he looked at harry moving very, very quickly towards marriage and just said hold on a minute, are you sure you are not going too fast here. >> you look at harry and w williams' parents, they did not take a long time knowing each
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other where as william and kate spent several years. william wanted to make sure that meghan knew what she's getting into. >> according to sources close to harry was taken in a different way that it was not brotherly concerned that perhaps heover stepped in a way. >> there were also stories in the press that painted meghan in an unflattering light. >> one say meghan made kate cry. >> it was the other way around. so it is very hard to know. >> and there were reports that meghan was difficult to work for. there were reports that three of the staff of the royal
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households were going to lever. >> it is very unusual. members of the royal roushouseh tend to stay for a long time. the stories i was hearing that she was very demanding and could be quite difficult. >> there was internal complaints made by one of the member staff about the treatments of other member of staff in the household who work for harry and meghan. there were allegations some of the treatments was bullying. we know that meghan had strenuous denied all bullying allegations against her. board lawyer says it is a campaign against her. eventually harry and meghan decided to separate their office from william and kate and they left their home for a cottage in windsor saying they needed more space for a growing family. >> it was an indication all was
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not well for the fab-four. >> harry and meghan wanted to do things differently. people within the royal household have said meghan and kate were different characters and we know that it was not about them. meghan fell he was not warmly received by kate. >> even with the news of their first child, the sussex could not shape the criticism. >> there is been radio silence on the couple, not a due date or a hospital. the only thing that's clear, they won't be following royal traditions presenting the baby to the world hours after the birth. >> british taxpayers, $4.3 million bill of the makeover of the duke and duchess of the sussex's new home.
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the press picked up on all of that. they did hammer home the hypocrisy of all of this. >> the dutch of the sussex could not get a break. everything she does is being scrutinized. >> the british tabloids can be vicious and anyone that puts their head above the power pit must expect sometimes they may get it blown off. >> harry had struggle with his mental health and he talked about it previously. his mother chase by paparazzi, something that haunted him by his entire life.
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>> during their royal tour, harry and meghan opened up to tom bradbee of their struggle. >> i tried to adopt this british sensibility. >> i tried. i really tried but i think that what that does internally is really damaging. >> for me and my wife, of course a lot of the stuff hurts. being bullying into playing a game and killing my mom. >> harry released a statement about the british tabloids. i see what happens to the one i love. i lost my mother and now i watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. harry wanted to protect his
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family. i think there are these memories of vivid memories of what their mother went through. >> harry filed a lawsuit against two british newspaper groups alleging they hacked his phone years earlier. >> meghan filed a lawsuit against the mail. meghan was suing for breach of privacy and copyright. they had published extract from a letter that meghan handwritten to her father after his failure coming to their wedding. >> the couple announced they were taking a six-week break from royal duties and escape to canada. >> it was clear she was not striving. harry decided to get her out of the situation. knee jerk reaction and
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impulsive, i am going to look after my wife in a way that i was not able to look after my mother. the couple really just wanted some time out from royal life and they wanted to consider their future. >> when we come back. >> that announcement came as a big shot. >> the sussex's surprising decision. >> this was another moment where prince harry's relationship with his brother took a turn. with armor all, a little bit of this... ...protects you... ...from a lot of that. keep your car cleaner longer. armor all extreme shield plus ceramic. i'm searching for info on options trading, and look, it feels like i'm just wasting time.
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as the rest of the world rang in 2020, harry and meghan remained in canada. harry and meghan came to the difficult decision they would have to make major decisions to their royal roles. the couple returned to the uk eager to meet with the queen and work out the details of the future and the prescott wind of their plans before they got a chance. >> their plans they hoped would remain private were leaked to a
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newspaper. they felt they had to act. >> without clearing their plans with the palace, harry and meghan announced they were stepping back at senior members of the royal family. >> that announcement came as a shock to the public, and the uk and people around the world. >> it stunned harry's family. >> all of this was laid out in a blueprint when nothing had been agreed to yet. >> author, carolyn durant, said the rush to announcement drove a deeper wedge between the brothers. >> harry's relationship with his brother took a turn. prince william felt like issues like this are to be dealt with privately. >> but harry and meghan were confident they could make their plans work. >> do you know from your reporting what harry and meghan
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envisioned at that point what their futures would look like. >> they had a blueprint in how they envisioned their roles would be, which would be a combination of supporting the queen and monarchy with official world and pursuing their own commercial projects abroad too. >> the queen, anxious to get the situation under control, summoned prince harry, prince charles and prince william to her home. >> the discussions there were to thrash out how this would work and whether it was possible for harry and meghan to be part-time royals. that was never really something the queen was going to be onboard with. >> why doesn't that hybrid role work? >> the problem is, if you are a member of the royal family who undertakes official work on behalf of the institution and the uk, and you are then also
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using your role to pursue commercial projects, that's always been a no-no for the royal family. >> tensions were high as the situation was cussed and the half in and half out version they envisioned was out. >> it just would not work. the queen, therefore, decided if they were intent upon leaving that they must leave entirely. >> to have the independence they craved they would need to completely step down as senior royals. >> how hard do you think that moment was for harry? >> this was a really difficult moment for him. he loves his grandmother. he loves serving the queen. ultimately this was a decision that he undertook for his family. >> harry and meghan made their final few appearances as senior royals before they stepped back from the limelight and left the united kingdom.
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>> it was a year since they put down roots in california, and they set up their charitable foundation, and struck big commercial deals with netflix and spotify. they have been able to pursue projects and commercial ventures which change the way they live their life. >> the couple kept a relatively low profile during the pandemic, and they were spotted with several organizations, and meghan wrote a poignant essay about losing a child, and then in june they had happier news to share. >> it's a girl. prince harry and meghan markle just announced the birth of their second child, lilibet
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diana. >> the british royal family is bracing for what harry and meghan might say in their new interview with oprah winfrey. >> i knew instantly it was going to be very controversial. >> and it was. in an interview with oprah on cbs, harry and meghan painted a damning portrait in life in the monarchy, and meghan said she had become suicidal. >> i said i needed to go somewhere to get help because i never felt this way before and i need to go somewhere, and i was told that i couldn't, it would not be good for the institution. >> they spoke about racism they faced, even from within the royal family. >> hold up, hold up. >> there's several conversations -- >> there's a conversation with you -- >> with harry.
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>> -- about how dark your baby is going to be? >> potentially, and what that would mean or look like. >> viewers were shocked, and the royal family was left reeling. >> the royal family were horrified by the oprah interview, and very hurt. >> the allegations were harsh. >> is it possible she had wanted to leave kensington palace and have an in-patient treatment and that would have been really frowned on by the royal family? >> i don't think there's any way that the royal family would have frowned on any kind of in-patient treatment for mental health. >> you have spoken to your brother since the interview -- >> we saw william upset about the comments about the racism -- >> we're very much not a racist family. >> they made it clear that if there is anything to explore further or issues to address
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there in terms of race, then they will do that privately. >> it's not what is wrong with you, it's what happened to you. >> in may apple tv plus produce add docu series called the me you can't see about mental health, and harry opened up more about a lack of support he felt from his family as he and meghan struggled. >> i thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total negligent. we spent four years trying to make it work, and we did everything we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. >> he said the fear of history repeating itself is what pushed him to leave the monarchy. >> i then had a son, who i would far rather be solely focuseded on rather than every time i look
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in his eyes wondering whether my wife will end up like my mother and i will have to look after him myself. >> there's so much hurt on both sides, i think it will take a long time for this rift to heal. >> prince philip's funeral was not the place to have deep conversations. they were all there to support the queen. but as harry has said, he loves his brother, and they have been hell together. >> i think in time we will see the royal family heal. >> time will tell how the fractured relationships recover, but one thing is certain. whatever harry and meghan do with their future, they will do it their way.
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