The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent Netflix series has been announced as the streaming service’s second-highest ranked documentary ever.
The first three episodes of Harry & Meghan were released on 8 December, followed by the final three a week later, in the lead-up to the publication of the duke‘s controversial memoir Spare.
Reporting its fourth-quarter earnings, Netflix revealed it had gained 7.7 million subscribers during the October-December period, which included the debut of an ad-supported option for $7 (£5.65) per month.
Both Buckingham and Kensington Palace have remained silent over the allegations in the documentary series, which included Harry saying that the Prince of Wales left him terrified after screaming and shouting at him during the Sandringham summit.
The duke, 38, claimed that Kensington Palace “lied to protect my brother” when it issued a statement denying a story William had bullied him out of the Royal Family.
He also accused his father, King Charles, of lying at the tense Megxit crisis meeting with the Queen in January 2020.
Harry’s autobiographical book Spare had no shortage of explosive revelations either, which became the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK since records began in 1998 after its release on 10 January.
The duke has used the 550-plus pages of Spare to make headline-dominating claims including accusing William of physically attacking him and teasing him about his panic attacks, saying King Charles put his own interests above Harry’s and, in a US broadcast interview, branding Camilla as the “villain” and “dangerous”.
In the book, he admits for the first time that he has taken cocaine, smoked weed and tried magic mushrooms, and claims to have killed 25 people in Afghanistan during his two tours of duty.
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Key revelations in Prince Harry’s book
- The duke admits to using cocaine – saying “it wasn’t very fun”
- He claims to have killed 25 people in Afghanistan during his two tours of duty
- He says he asked his father not to marry Camilla – and his brother made the same request
- He describes how King Charles told him Meghan should not go to Balmoral after the Queen’s death
- He recalled the moment he found out his mother, Princess Diana, had been in a car accident
- He says he lost his virginity to an older woman in a field behind a busy pub
- He accuses Prince William of knocking him over during an argument about the Duchess of Sussex
But as Harry pursued a run of high-profile promotional interviews, he said he “would like nothing more” than for his children, Archie and Lilibet, to have relationships with the Windsors – despite the criticism he has levelled at his brother, father and stepmother Camilla.
The duke also describes his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, as his “guardian angel” and said she is with him “all the time”.