ABC News will air a primetime special, “Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown,” looking at the tumultuous “Megxit” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the royal family.
The one-hour program, hosted by correspondent Deborah Roberts, will air at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday Jan. 29. A two-minute trailer released Friday features numerous interview clips and voice-overs, including one that teases, “Pick your villains. Pick your heroes. They’re all there.”
Earlier this month, 35-year-old Prince Harry and his 38-year-old wife Meghan made the stunning decision to relinquish their royal titles and flee the London royal family — and official duties — for a seemingly calmer life in Canada. But the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex have only been met with more criticism and attention than ever before.
“Maybe they just looked around at the rest of the royal family and just thought, ‘That’s not what we want,’ ” says one interview subject in the video as images flash by of the couple and royal family in various stages of apparent happiness and heartache.
Royal watchers have been quick to zero in on numerous reasons for the royal retreat — from an alleged rift between Harry and his big brother, Prince William, to frustrations over constant press scrutiny, especially toward Markle.
The special reflects on the bubbling drama and the public’s obsession with the royal couple. As one interviewee says, “In our modern world, we put celebrities on pedestals and we take great pleasure in ripping them down.”
Another subject notes that Markle was a “star” and had “the Markle sparkle.” But surviving in the “goldfish bowl of royal life is not for everybody, and it clearly wasn’t for Meghan Markle,” an insider says. It left her “stifled,” another notes, because existence in and around Buckingham Palace is “not all tiaras and ballgowns.”
An interviewee also suggests that Harry had star power himself that is important to the monarchy, saying, “You take Prince Harry out of the royal family, you’re taking the jewel out of the crown.”
The show will include interviews with the likes of Nacho Figueras, the dashing polo player and Harry’s close friend; Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, the queen’s governor of Edinburgh Castle; and American entrepreneur Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, who married Luke Montagu, the heir apparent of the Earl of Sandwich.