The 6 Biggest Revelations from 'Harry & Meghan,' Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's New Show

melbourne, australia   october 18 prince harry, duke of sussex and meghan, duchess of sussex wave to the crowd as they arrive at the royal botanic gardens on october 18, 2018 in melbourne, australia the duke and duchess of sussex are on their official 16 day autumn tour visiting cities in australia, fiji, tonga and new zealand photo by phil noble   poolgetty images
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's revelatory docuseries, Harry & Meghan, is finally here—and it's full of bombshells.

Volume I of the show, which includes the first three episodes, delves deeper into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's time as working senior members of the royal family, and gives a first glimpse into their whirlwind romance.

Ahead, the six biggest takeaway from Volume I. (And make sure to tune in next Thursday, December 15, to catch the final three episodes).

1 | Harry and Meghan recall how they met

Prince Harry and Meghan detail their first meeting, including the hilariously relatable way Harry first noticed his now wife.

Meghan first caught Harry's eye when he was scrolling through his Instagram feed, where he saw a clip that a mutual friend had posted with Meghan using the then-popular dog filter on Snapchat. "I said, 'Who is that?'" he recalls. He asked the friend to introduce the two through email, and they decided to exchange numbers.

While Meghan was in London for Wimbledon, they decided to meet for a drink. The date initially got off to a rough start, with Harry running nearly half an hour late. But, by the end of their first meeting, their chemistry was so undeniable that they decided to have dinner together the following day. "He was just so fun, just so refreshingly fun. And that’s the thing. We were like childlike together," Meghan recalls. "There was one photo, we just wanted to capture the feeling of just sitting in that little restaurant and going, 'Oh my gosh. I think we’re gonna give it a go.'"

Their third date took place in Botswana, Africa. Harry invited Meghan to join him for a week-long work trip, and they spent the next five days getting to know each other and sleeping together in a tent. "That was when it just hit me like, 'Okay, this girl, this woman is amazing, is everything I've been looking for and she's so comfortable and so relaxed in my company,'" Harry says.

2 | Harry was "terrified" he would lose Meghan

Harry remembers fearing that his relationship with Meghan would succumb to the pressures that his previous romances had due to the challenges that come with dating a member of the British royal family.

"The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution... I remember thinking, 'How can I ever find someone who is willing and capable to be able to withstand all the baggage that comes with being with me?'" he says. "Every relationship that I had, within a matter of weeks or months was splattered all over the newspapers and that person's family harassed and their lives turned upside down. So, when I got to meet M, I was terrified of her being driven away by the media, the same media that had driven so many other people away from me."

3 | Harry says Meghan reminds him of mom Princess Diana

Harry recalls his late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 after being chased by paparazzi. The prince says his now wife reminds him so much of his mother: their compassion, confidence, warmth.

"I think for so many people in the family, especially the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit in the mold as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destine to be with. The difference between making decisions with your head or your heart, and my mom certainly made most of her decisions, if not all of them, from her heart, and I am my mother's son," Harry adds.

A sweet video then shows the couple's son, Archie, admiring and gently touching a framed black-and-white photo the couple keep of the late princess in their home. "That's your grandma, Diana," Meghan tells him.

4 | Harry is proud to raise children of mixed-race heritage

Reflecting on the unprecedented racist attacks that tabloids lobbied against Meghan at the beginning of their courtship, Harry condemns the royal family's normalization of this so-called "rite of passage."

"Some of the members of the family were like, 'But, my wife had to go through that. So why should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should you get special treatment? Why should she be protected?'And I said, 'The difference here is the race element,'" he says.

When it comes to his own children, Archie and Lilibet, the duke is determined to help create a better, more equitable world where they may feel welcome.

"My son, my daughter, my children, are mixed race. And I’m really proud of that," Harry says. "When my kids grow up and they look back at this moment, and they turn to me and say, ‘What did you do in this moment?’ I want to be able to give them an answer."

5 | Meghan was surprised by the formality of her initial meetings with the royal family

"It’s so funny if I look back at it now because now I know so much, and I’m so glad I didn’t then. Because I could just authentically be myself without so much preparedness," Meghan says, recalling her first introductions to some members of the royal family.

"Even when Will and Kate came over and I had met her for the first time, they came over for the first time, I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot," she continues. "I was a hugger, always been a hugger. I didn’t realize that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits. I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside. That there is a forward-facing way of being. And then you close the door and you’re like, ‘Oh great, okay, we can relax now.’ But that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me."

Overall, the royals were initially quite dazzled by Meghan.

"I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed. Some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves," Harry remembers. "But, the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgement more than anything else in the beginning. ‘Oh she’s an American actress, this won’t last.’"

6 | Harry feels somewhat responsible for the dissolution of Meghan's relationship with her father.

In the final minutes of episode 3, Meghan details how her relationship with her father became strained in the days leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry. Thomas Markle famously took part in a paid tabloid story and gave quotes to British media regarding Meghan and her relationship with Harry. And, per Meghan, he announced he wasn't attending their nuptials via TMZ rather than contacting his daughter first.

Harry mentions in the episode that he partially feels guilty that his heightened relationship with Meghan and the frenzy surrounding their union had an impact with her relationship with her father.

"Of course it's incredibly sad what happened, she had a father before this and now she doesn't have a father," Harry says. "I shouldered that. Because if Meg wasn't with me, then her dad would still be her dad."

Watch Harry & Meghan now on Netflix.

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