Netflix Documentary: Harry & Meghan (2022)

With everything going on in the world, I wasn’t going to watch this. I mean there’s still a war going on between Ukraine and Russia. The fact many people are suffering due to the economy and lack of supplies as we are still dealing with the effects of COVID. Yet being interested in royal families (for some reason England more than other countries because of its controversy and relevancy or not, I’ve read a couple of books about the royal family members. I would like to read more because as the poor have no choice to be born into poor families (although more poor families exist than royal and aristocratic families), the rich have no choice to be born into rich families. That is the way the cookie crumbles although again the cookie crumbles a lot more for the common person in the U.K. or the poor and middle class in the U.S.

I was going into this knowing about most of the departure of Harry and Meghan based on what was printed in the papers and plastered on the screens. What I didn’t know was their take on what happened and how they felt about it in a more intimate matter. Most of us who are struggling to live and survive don’t find much sympathy for someone who had all the riches in the world handed to him on a gold platter (Prince Harry) and someone who marries into the royal family because many think she now has it made (Meghan Markle). This is not the case because as this documentary shows, there are freedoms you give up when you marry into the royal family and freedoms you wish you had if you were born into a royal family. Sure, the jewels are nice but all that travel for royal events and engagements can’t be easy. If you’re prone to getting seasick, too bad. Deal with it and sail on the ship anyway. If you’re hand and arm is sore from all the shaking, too bad. Shut up and do it anyway.

While there is a weird relationship between the British media and royal family, those on the outside know it exists but don’t really care because people love gossip. Even the news they know is skewed, people read it anyway. They want to know for the slight chance it might be true. It’s like you’re a centimeter closer to knowing the royal family, but you’re really not. However, this documentary series, you are a little closer to knowing about the royal family through the lens of Prince Harry and another lens of Meghan Markle. There are many sides of a story and while I didn’t agree with everything Prince Harry or Meghan Markle said, they only know what was best for them. They chose to live a life in more privacy and more autonomy. There is universality in this documentary. No matter who you are or where you live, people come and go in your life. Friends become strangers and some strangers become friends. Families have disagreements and some to the point of no return and communication stops. No matter how it ultimately ends, there is another day, another tomorrow, another chance.

I rate Harry & Meghan FOUR FINGERS at 90%.

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