Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recall the stress of her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, which owns the Mail and the Email onlineled to her miscarriage.
In the second part of Netflix’s Harry and Megan documentary, which came out Thursday, tells the couple about her miscarriage in 2020. At the time, the couple had recently left England, stepped down as senior royals, and moved to the To grab the actress’s home state of California with their son, Archie. In addition to the non-stop negative coverage of “Megxit”, Markle – with Harry’s blessing – lamented the Mail on Sunday about the publication of excerpts from a private letter she sent her father, Thomas Markle, after he failed to show up at their 2018 royal wedding.
The couple’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, said Markle would text her about the case at 3 a.m. “She would be awake, unable to sleep, thinking about this case and the wider issues and the toll it took,” she said. “I knew the tension [it] had on Meghan.”
At the time, they had just moved into their new home in Santa Barbara for a new beginning (after temporarily staying at Tyler Perry’s home). Hair To grab co-star Abigail Spencer recalled visiting the house that first day and Markle telling her she was in “a lot of pain” as she held Archie in her arms. Then Markle “just fell to the floor.”
“I was pregnant, I really wasn’t sleeping,” Markle said. “And the first morning we woke up in our new home was when I had a miscarriage.”
Harry said: “I believe my wife miscarried because of what the Mail did. I’ve watched it all. Do we now absolutely know that the miscarriage was caused by that? Of course not. But taking into account the stress the lack of sleep caused and the timing of the pregnancy, how many weeks she was, based on what I saw, I can say that a miscarriage was caused by what they tried to do to her.”
Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, said, “I thought she was brave and courageous” during the ordeal, “but I’m not surprised because she is brave and courageous.”
The Duchess publicly shared her miscarriage four months later in a New York Times opinion piece. The couple welcomed rainbow baby Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June 2021.
Markle finally won her privacy case against the British tabloid in February 2021. In December of that year, she received a public apology from the Mail on Sunday.
Markle also said the lawsuit changed everything with the royal family. When she initially said she wanted to file a lawsuit, the royal institution did not honor her request. That led to her taking legal action against her own tabloid press.
“Everything changed after that,” said Meghan. “That process was probably the catalyst for all the unraveling.”
One of the other interesting parts of the documentary was Harry claiming that his brother, Prince William, yelled and screamed at him during the Sandringham Summit in January 2020.
Leading up to it, Markle had been having suicidal thoughts amid the negative press (some allegedly planted by the palace and much of it generally racist in nature) and said she couldn’t get mental health help because the institution was concerned about what that would look like. Harry admitted that he knew his wife was struggling and “felt angry and embarrassed” because he “didn’t handle it particularly well. I handled it like institutional Harry as opposed to husband Harry.” After that, they knew they had to make changes – announcing in early January that they would be stepping back as senior working members of the royal family.
“I sent an email to the top three private secretaries saying, ‘Let’s meet, let’s meet and talk about this,’” Harry said. “Because what happened, what happened in public, was crazy. And that meeting was rejected.”
Markle took Archie and went to Canada where she stayed before moving to the UK. It was then agreed that there would be a meeting at Sandringham with Harry and the late Queen Elizabeth, now King Charles and Prince Williams.
Harry said it was “obvious” to him that they planned it so Markle wasn’t in the room. She said: “Imagine a conversation, a round table discussion about the future of your life. When the stakes are that high. And you as a mother and wife and the target, in many ways, not invited to take a seat at the table.”
The meeting lasted more than 90 minutes at the monarch’s estate in Norfolk.
“I went in with the same proposal we had already made publicly,” said Harry. “But once I got there, I was given five options. One was ‘all in, no change,’ five was ‘all out.’ In the meeting, I chose option three: ‘Half in, half out.’ Have our own jobs, but also work in support of the Queen.”
He said William was enraged by his decision.
“It became very clear very quickly that that goal was not up for discussion or debate,” said Harry. “It was terrifying to have my brother yell and yell at me, and have my dad say things that just weren’t true and my grandma sit there quietly and kind of take it all in.”
He said the meeting “ended up without a set plan of action…I think from their perspective they had to believe it was more about us and maybe the issues we had as opposed to their partner, the media and themselves. Those relationship that hurt us so much. They saw what they wanted to see.”
Harry called the “saddest part of it all” this wedge that has developed between me and my brother so that he is now on the side of the institution. Part of that I get, I understand, right, that’s his legacy. already ingrained in him that part of his responsibility is the survival and continuation of this institution.”
On the day of the summit, a joint statement was released from William and Harry denying that the brothers’ rift was caused by William’s “bullying”. However, Harry said the statement was released without his consent.
“Within four hours they like to lie to protect my brother and yet for three years they were never willing to tell the truth to protect us,” Harry said of the statement.
That moment changed everything for them. Markle said something “clicked in my head” that “it will never stop.” Every rumor, every negative thing, every lie, everything that I knew wasn’t true and the palace knew wasn’t true and they knew internally wasn’t true, that was just letting it fester.”
Harry said he realized, “There was no other option at the moment. I said, ‘We have to get out of here.’”
He added to the story that Markle was behind their resignations: “It was my decision. She never asked to leave. I was the one who had to see for myself.”