Prince Harry has claimed he and Meghan told King Charles they would give up their Royal titles if Megxit failed.
The fifth episode of the incendiary Netflix series – part of a £100million deal – featured their account of trying to leave the UK to live abroad.
They claimed they had tried to move to New Zealand in 2018 and then South Africa.
Harry said that by the time he spoke to Charles from Canada in Christmas 2019, the family knew they wanted to leave.
Later he claims the family planned the Sandringham summit to discuss their future at a specific time so Meghan could not attend.
Discussing the initial conversations to leave – which took place while he was in Vancouver, he adds: ‘My father said, “Can you put it in writing?”
Harry said he would prefer not to, but relented, adding: ‘He said he couldn’t do anything unless it was put in writing. I put it in emails.’
Over footage of Meghan sighing, Harry said he sent messages on January 1,2 and 3.
The Duke adds: ‘In one of those I said that if it didn’t work out we would be willing to relinquish our Sussex titles if need be. That was the plan.’
Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan tried to move to New Zealand in 2018 in the show
Meghan is shown looking pensive and in thought at one point during episode five of the series
In the bombshell Netflix documentary:
Harry also reveals details of a private phone conversation between him and the Queen.
He tells the documentary: ‘I spoke to me grandmother as well and I would love to drive up and see you. She knew that we were finding things hard, I had spoken to her many times about it.
‘She said she had no plans for the week and said “Why don’t you come up and have tea, stay the night, you and Meghan”.’
They claim that as they were boarding the plane to Heathrow Harry – referred to as H by his wife – received a message from an aide, saying the Queen visit was off as she had plans all week.
Harry is then shown saying: ‘Wow. Well that’s the opposite of what she told me.’
He then details another private conversation with Her Majesty.
There are moments showing the Royal family carrying out their duties as part of their roles
The documentary claims the royal couple had repeatedly tried to move abroad since 2018
Harry claimed she told him: ‘Yes, I didn’t know I was busy, I’m told that I’m busy, I’ve actually been told I’m busy all week.’
He added: ‘I was like, “Wow”.’
Meghan said: ‘I remember looking at H and thinking “My gosh. This is when a family and a family business are in direct conflict because they’re blocking you from seeing the Queen, but what they’re really doing is blocking a grandson from seeing his grandmother.”‘
The couple also spoke at length about their efforts to move abroad.
Harry said he and Meghan had said they would give up their Royal titles if their plans failed
Home footage of the pair showed Harry jumping into the waters in Vancouver over Christmas
Harry then adds: ‘We thought it would be good to give ourselves some breathing space, but we were also really passionate about continuing our work throughout the Commonwealth supporting the Queen
Meghan then interrupts: ‘What I think is also important is that the pack of the royal rota is based there in London. If we are not there they can’t cover what we are doing.
‘You guys can be on the front pages of all the papers, exactly how you want it, and we can just go about doing the work, in the name of the Queen.’
Harry continues: ‘If you want us to go and do things on behalf of the Queen we will go and do it and we’ll pay for it ourselves. We don’t want to be dependent on any taxpayer funding.
Meghan speaks about being ‘fed to the wolves’ in the fifth episode of she and Harry’s series
The show, which dropped on Netflix at 8am, opens with a charming home video of Archie
‘Guess what, you get us and you get us for free. And this was years in the making.
‘In 2018 we had already talked about moving to New Zealand. That never transpired.
‘At the beginning of 2019 we discussed the whole concept of us moving to South Africa, supporting charities organisations.’
Harry reveals the royals had agreed this could happen.
Fresh attacks on the Royal Family and Palace aides by the Sussexes are featured in the series
The couple talked on media coverage they’d received and deciding to have Christmas abroad
He told the documentary: ‘The palace signed off on us moving to South Africa. My father’s office knew about it, my brother’s office knew about it and my grandmother’s office knew about it.
‘No one else knew, it was very much an internal document. Then it was leaked. And then that whole plan was all scrapped because it now becomes a public debate.’
Harry, talking about the Sandringham summit over Megxit, said: ‘Once I got there, I was given five options
‘One being, all in, no change. Five being, all out. I chose option three in the meeting. Half in, half out. Have our own jobs, but also work in support of the Queen. It became very clear, very quickly, that goal was not up for discussion or debate.
Another home video showed Meghan and Harry playing with Archie and a candle and duck
The young lad laughs with joy when they use the duck to blow out the flame on the candle
‘It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me, and my father say things that just simply weren’t true, and my grandmother, you know, quietly sit there, and sort of take it all in.
‘But you have to understand from the family perspective, especially from hers, there are ways of doing things, and her ultimate sort of mission, goal-slash-responsibility is the institution.
‘People around her are telling her, “By the way that proposal or these two doing x,y,z is going to be seen as an attack on the institution”, then she’s going to go on the advice she’s given.
‘It was really hard. That meeting finished without any solidified action plan. I think from their perspective they had to believe that it was more about us, and maybe the issues that we had, as opposed to their partner, the media, and themselves and that relationship that was causing so much pain for us.
‘They saw what they wanted to see’
Earlier Meghan had spoken about her feeling of being ‘fed to the wolves’.
The show, which dropped on Netflix at 8am, opens with a charming home video of Archie running through a maze with Harry commentating.
Then over a montage of the Royals, Meghan says: ‘When I look back at my own childhood it was great but I remember being alone a lot. I just wanted all these cousins and all these people I just wanted all of that and I didn’t have this big family.
‘When I was pregnant with Archie, I was just so excited that we were going to be able to create that thing I had always wanted.
‘I just did everything I could to make them proud and to really be a part of the family – and then the bubble burst.
‘I realised that I wasn’t just being thrown to the wolves, I was being fed to the wolves.’
The couple then speak about coverage they had received in the media in various publications and their 2019 Christmas in Vancouver.
Harry said: ‘The main thing we needed was some space to think and work out what we are doing.’
Yesterday a trailer released showed the couple making claims that the Palace briefed against the Sussexes to deflect attention from less favourable coverage of other royals.
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