Early days of relationship
The couple talked about how they first met on social media.
“Meg and I had met through Instagram. I was scrolling through my feed. Someone who was a friend had this video of the two of them with the like Snapchat thing … like dog ears.” Harry said: “I was like, who is that?”
Meghan said she looked through his feed, before the pair got each other’s numbers.
Their first date in Soho
Harry turned up late to the pair’s first date in Soho, London, in July 2016.
Meghan said: “You were late and I couldn’t understand why he would be late. But he kept texting saying, ‘I’m in traffic, I’m so sorry.’”
Harry recalled: “I was panicking, I was freaking out. I started sweating.” Unaware of this, Meghan began to doubt that the date would go anywhere, thinking he might have an “ego.”
But when he eventually showed up he was profusely apologetic, which Meghan described as “so sweet,” adding: “You were genuinely so embarrassed.”
Meghan added: “He was just so fun. Just so refreshingly fun and that was the thing we were like childlike together.”
“That’s when it hit me,” Harry said. “This girl, this woman, is amazing. She’s everything I’ve been looking for.”
Trip to Botswana
The couple described how their relationship was cemented in Africa, when Meghan traveled to join Harry on a visit to Botswana in August 2016 – having only met him twice before.
“We had to get to know each other before the rest of the world and before the media joined in,” said Harry.
They spoke of living in close quarters with the bare minimum and how they were still so unsure of how the relationship would develop.
Relentless media attention
Harry spoke at length about the media’s ever present role in his family life, starting with footage taken outside the hospital following his birth.
Of the ongoing attention throughout his childhood, he said: “The majority of my memories are of being swamped by paparazzi.”
He recalled learning as a young child how to handle the attention, saying: “Within the family, within the system, the advice that’s always given is ‘don’t react. Don’t feed into it.’
“My mum did such a good job in trying to protect us. She took it upon herself to basically confront these people.”
Footage of family ski holidays was included to highlight this. In one clip, Harry is seen alongside his brother Prince William and cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as they are made to pose for the crowd of photographers, in an unwritten agreement that would ultimately allow them privacy later in the holiday. But that was followed by another more intrusive clip which led to his mother confronting the photographer.
‘Pain and suffering’ of women marrying into royal family
Harry brought up the now discredited 1995 Panorama interview with his mother, Princess Diana. While he acknowledged that she had been “deceived,” he said that she had spoken “the truth.”
He said: “My mother was harassed throughout her life with my dad but after they separated the harassment went to new levels.”
The “moment she left the institution” left her “completely exposed,” he said.
Growing up, he witnessed “pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution.” He added: “What happened to my mum … I didn’t want history to repeat itself.”
Fitting ‘the mold’
In a telling section on his experience of other royal marriages, Harry said: “I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mold, as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destined to be with.
“The difference between making decisions with your head or your heart. And my mum certainly made most of her decisions, if not all of them, from her heart. And I am my mother’s son.”
Meghan’s comparison with Diana
Harry spoke about ways Meghan is similar to his mother, Diana, who died when he was 12 years old.
“So much of what Meghan is and how she is is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion, she has the same empathy, she has the same confidence, she has this warmth about her,” said Harry.
“I accept that there will be people around the world who fundamentally disagree with what I’ve done and how I’ve done it. But I knew that I had to do everything I could to protect my family, especially after what happened to my mum.”