Netflix’s latest documentary series Harry & Meghan has topped the streaming giant’s charts by raking in over 81.55m viewing hours since its release on Thursday last week. According to Netflix, the documentary series has gained more views within a week of its release than any other documentary released on the platform.
According to an article by The Guardian, more than 28m households viewed the series. Harry & Meghan came in as the second-most watched English language series between 5 and 11 December, trailing behind Tim Burton’s Wednesday drama.
In the first three episodes of the documentary series, Harry and Meghan candidly track their relationship from its long-distance beginnings. The couple recall the tender moments of a new connection before the media and world latched onto the relationship. A whirlwind of controversy was to follow.
In the documentary, viewers get a glimpse into the lives of Harry and Meghan through personal footage supplied by the couple themselves. The footage—which had been kept private until now—has sparked criticism as to why the couple really chose to step back from royal duties. Could privacy have been the reason?
The couple’s global press secretary advises otherwise:
“The Duke and Duchess have never cited privacy as the reason for stepping back,”
“This distorted narrative was intended to trap the couple into silence … They are choosing to share their story, on their terms, and yet the tabloid media has created an entirely untrue narrative that permeates press coverage and public opinion. The facts are right in front of them.”
The second batch of three Harry & Meghan episodes will be released on Netflix tomorrow, focusing on why the couple really decided to step away from their royal duties.
Watch Harry & Meghan on Netflix.
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