Prince Harry Explains Why He Kept His Relationship with Meghan Markle a Secret

Prince Harry is sharing never-before-heard details about his relationship with Meghan Markle, including why he kept it a secret from the public at first.

The Duke of Sussex has teamed up with Netflix to produce a docuseries, titled Harry & Meghan, about his life and marriage. (The first three episodes are now available to stream, and the rest will premiere on December 15.)

In the documentary, Prince Harry explained why he kept his relationship with Markle a secret for so long. The royal admitted that it had a lot to do with how the media treated his previous girlfriends.

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Courtesy of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“[I learned] the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution,” Prince Harry said. “I remember thinking, ‘How can I ever find someone who’s willing and capable to be able to withstand all the baggage that comes with being with me.’”

He continued, “Every relationship that I had was splattered all over the newspapers. And the person’s family, harassed, and their lives turned upside down.”

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Courtesy of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry revealed that his connection with Markle was special from the start. Therefore, he wanted to protect it at all costs. “When I got to meet M, I was terrified of her being driven away by the media,” he added. “The same media that’ve driven so many other people away from me.” (And yes, the couple refer to each other as “M” and “H.”)

Prince Harry concluded: “I knew that the only way that this could possibly work was by keeping it quiet as long as possible.”

*Mic drop*

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