Prince Harry Says People Were 'Happy to Lie to Protect My Brother' in New Netflix Trailer

Prince Harry says he and Meghan Markle were victims of "institutional gaslighting"

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are revealing more about their decision to step back from their roles as senior working royals.

In a new trailer for their Netflix series Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex give a sneak peek of what's to come when the next three episodes of the series are released on Dec. 15.

Speaking to the camera, Harry, 38, focuses on the level of press intrusion he believes the couple suffered as working members of the royal family. He also claims that he and Meghan were treated differently than his brother, Prince William.

"They were happy to lie to protect my brother," Harry says in the trailer, before adding that he and Meghan were the victims of "institutional gaslighting."

"They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us," he continues.

Speaking about the couple's decision to step back from royal duties in February 2020, Harry says that he is left to "wonder what would have happened to us had we not got out when we did."

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"I said, 'We need to get out of here,' " he recalls.

Speaking while on a flight, Harry adds in self-shot footage: "We are on the freedom flight."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Netflix/Youtube

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Meghan also speaks about the impact that the decision to step back had on their personal lives — most notably a U.K. government decision to remove their 24-hour police protection on the grounds that they were no longer entitled to tax-payer-funded security.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday, June 3, 2022 on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate the monarch's 70 years of service
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty

"Our security was being pulled. Everyone in the world knew where we were," says Meghan.

"I wasn't being thrown to the wolves. I was being fed to the wolves," she adds.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Lilibet and Archie. Netflix/Youtube

The trailer concludes with Meghan and Harry enjoying their new life in Montecito, California with children Archie, 3, and Lilibet Diana, 1.

"To move to the next chapter you've got to finish the first chapter," says Harry amid scenes of the couple enjoying the beach and playing with their kids in the countryside — with Harry carrying both Archie and Lili on his shoulders. "I've always felt as though this was a fight worth fighting for."

"It gave us a chance to create that home we had always wanted," Meghan adds.

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