Viewers say they're unable to watch first episodes of 'Harry & Meghan'

‘I think we crashed Netflix!’ Viewers say they are unable to watch first episodes of Harry and Meghan’s explosive documentary as its released on streaming platform across the world

  • Viewers eagerly logged into Netflix this morning as ‘Harry & Meghan’ dropped
  • The hotly anticipated series had three episodes released online at 8am UK time
  • Some complained about the streaming service crashing as they tried to watch

Furious Netflix users have taken to social media after the streaming service crashed and froze for some people trying to watch Harry & Meghan series after it was released this morning.

Some viewers say they were unable to start watching the series, which dropped at 8am UK time, after it failed to load. 

The show is one of Netflix’s most hotly anticipated programmes as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle promised to give the inside track on their relationship.

Officials at Buckingham Palace will have joined the hoards of fans who eagerly logged in to see what the couple had to say on press coverage of the couple, alleged racism in the royal family itself and supposed bullying of staff.

The first episode sees the couple talking about how they met, with the second episode seeing the prince compare himself to his late mother Diana and the third discussing their engagement.

Senior royals are said to be bracing for the worst and will be prepared to address any unfounded accusations as the new series drops on the streaming service.

However, some tuning in may have faced issues accessing the episodes at all, after some people on social media complained Netflix crashed as they tried to watch it.

Some social media users said they were experiencing problems getting the first episodes of ‘Harry & Meghan’ to play

Some reported their screens froze and the episode stopped loading ‘at 10%’ after trying to view the programme this morning. 

Others said their Netflix ‘crashed’, with the problems seemingly affecting people both inside and outside the Britain.

@Awkwardblkgirl7 wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m in the Philippines- Trying to watch the Harry and Megan docuseries on Netflix and Netflix isn’t loading. My TV is frozen on 10%! But they’re not that popular right?’ 

@TaffyAnn614 said: ‘ I think we crashed #netflix. Mine won’t load!!’.

@BackQe wrote: ‘Looks like #Netflix is crashed/crashing or unable to meet the server demands.’

@TudorChick1501 added: ‘Stuck at 10% loading. It’s too early for this! C’mon Netflix!’

Other’s said Netflix was running slow or the episodes were ‘stuck at 10% loading’ earlier this morning

Downdetector.com, which measures outages on websites, showed a spike in reports from its users at 8am as the first episodes dropped.

Those who were able to access the programme would have seen the series begin with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex filming themselves on the day they ended their royal duties, with Harry in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he flew to Canada.

The first three episodes also cover Harry’s birth and upbringing and he blames the media for the failure of his previous relationships. 

The Sussexes then describe how they get together, their engagement and then quitting as frontline royals.

The Duke and Duchess discuss Megxit, racism and their new life in California. 

It also begins with a pointed comment that the Royal Family declined to comment on allegations in the show and reveals it was completed in August 2022 – before the death of the Queen.

Episode one opened with words written in white on a black background which said: ‘This is a first-hand account of Harry & Meghan’s story, told with never before seen personal archive. All interviews were completed by August 2022. Members of the royal family declined to comment on the content within this series.’

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Meghan and Harry share a candid shot with Doria and Archie on his birthday

Prince  Harry opens the docu-series from Heathrow as he left the country and frontline royal duties


Meghan cries on her bed in Vancouver as Harry leaves the UK after Megxit

Meghan and Harry’s Netflix episodes in full 

EPISODE ONE: The Duke of Sussex reveals he ‘had to quit’ royal duties to protect Meghan Markle as he compared the former Suit actress to his late mother Princess Diana in the first episode of the couple’s bombshell Netflix series. 

It features Harry filming himself in the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport in March 2020, on the day of Megxit, when the couple decided to leave the royal family. It will inevitably raise questions about just when the couple decided to work with Netflix on their incendiary docuseries. 

EPISODE TWO:  Features Meghan’s mother, Doria, speaking on camera for the first time about her daughter’s relationship with Prince Harry. 

She tells interviewers the last five years have been ‘challenging’ but is ‘ready to have my voice heard’. 

Prince Harry also compares paparazzi following Diana to the online harassment faced by Meghan as he described her as ‘prey’ for social media ‘hunters’. 

EPISODE THREE:  Harry and Meghan call their engagement announcement in 2017 an ‘orchestrated reality show’ – and experts take aim at the ‘racist’ history of the British empire, and its Kings and Queens.

The episode features a David Olusoga, author of Black and British who tells interviewers: ‘Who dreamed that Britain would have a black princess? Who could have conceived that? It was the conclusion of a history that was so improbable, as to be astonishing.’

He and fellow author Afua Hirsch give a brief history lesson on Britain’s role in the Atlantic Slave trade and how it ‘fuelled’ the British empire, which was ‘financed by kings and queens right up until its abolishment’ in the early 1900s.

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