The new Harry & Meghan Netflix series premiered on December 8, giving fans and followers of the British cultural icons of the Royal family a treat for the holiday season. In detail, the docuseries focuses on Harry and Meghan’s journey through their relationship, starting from the earliest days, their wedding, and eventually, their exit from the British Royal family.

As the above suggests, the series, although much-loved by Harry & Meghan fans, is also a cause for much concern, controversy, and debate. The concern comes from pre-existing strains in the relationships between the Royals, but mostly Harry & Meghan.

The series, however, did reasonably well, becoming one of the most-viewed series within the week of its release, with nearly 81.55 million viewing hours since it premiered.

On the other hand, the series did stir controversies between the Sussexes and the Royals. This prompted Real Research, an online survey app, to probe a survey on the public perception of the new Harry & Meghan Netflix series.

Key Findings From the Survey:

  • 55.99% have watched the Harry & Meghan Netflix series
  • 51.9% watched the Harry & Meghan Netflix series to gain insights into Harry & Meghan’s relationship
  • 53.99% predicted a “high” chance of a fallout between Harry, Meghan, and the Royals owing to the Netflix series.

The Harry & Meghan Netflix Series– How Many Have Watched It

The series reportedly gained 81.55 million viewing hours around the world after its debut and gained the highest viewing hours of any documentary title in a premiere week. According to our survey, up to 55.99% have watched the Harry & Meghan docuseries on Netflix. 30.91% plan on watching it, while 13.09% have not watched it.

Harry & Meghan Netflix Series: Appeal to Viewers

Fig 1: Respondents on what interested them regarding the Harry-Meghan series

Given that the docuseries became one of the most-watched series on Netflix, our surveys revealed why that was likely the case. For the majority, the docuseries gave viewers an insight into Harry and Meghan’s relationship (51.9%), while others sought “to understand the Royals better” (26%), to peek at the private lives of the British Royals (9.23%), and to verify the controversies surrounding Harry, Meghan, and the British Royal family (3.58%).

4.97%, however, were not interested.

Controversies are not new to the Royal family; in fact, the Royal family has been engulfed by various controversies for decades. Harry and Meghan were just one among many. When asked about their awareness of the controversies surrounding Harry, Meghan, and the British Royal family, 39.84% say they are well aware, while 30.06% are aware, and 19.33% have only heard about them. 10.76% are unaware of the controversies.

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The Harry & Meghan Netflix Docuseries, a Fuel to the Burning Fire?

Fig 2: Respondents on a likely fallout between the couple and the Royals

Tensions were already pre-existent between the Duke, the Duchess of Sussex, and the British Royal family. An Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021 drew a bigger wedge between the couple and the family. The Netflix series may only make it worse, triggering another possible fallout.

As such, 53.99% of the survey respondents think it is highly probable that a fallout would occur, while 28.68% think it is somewhat probable. 9.08%, however, feel it is improbable.

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Harry, Meghan, the ‘Pervasive’ British Media and Tabloids

The British media and tabloids have been the subject of much debate for years. In the series, Harry accuses the British media and tabloids of being “pervasive” in nature and says that he must uncover the exploitation and bribery that happens within the British media. Our survey asked what respondents think about the British media and tabloids.

47.75% say the British media is biased, 30.34% feel that the British media is concealing multiple truths, and 9.16% say the media acts as the British Royal family’s cover and spokesperson. Others (2.63%) say the media is paid to manipulate and tamper with the stories.

Only 1.63% say the British media is unbiased.

Harry on Uncovering Truths About the British Media & Choosing Netflix as a Platform

The relationship between the Royals and the couple has been strained for years. With that plus the British media’s alleged “bias,” most of the Sussex’s truths are often suppressed. Thus, as Harry explains, the Netflix series was intended to “uncover” several truths, including that of the British media.

As such, our survey asks whether respondents agree with the couple’s decision to use Netflix as a platform to tell their story. 54.35% highly agree, and 24.75% somewhat agree. 16.5% neither agree nor disagree with the decision.

However, 4.41% disagree.

The Harry & Meghan Netflix Series, an Accurate Recollection of Events?

Fig 3: Respondents on the accuracy of the events portrayed in the series

As with most things on the internet, the question of accuracy emerges. There are similar concerns regarding the Harry & Meghan Netflix series. Thus, respondents were asked about the accuracy of the series. 26.05% say there is complete accuracy of the events in the series, while others say there is moderate (17.57%), minimal (25.99%), barely any (15.38%), and no accuracy at all (3.48%) in the portrayal of the true events and those on the series.

Harry & Meghan Netflix Series– Ratings

The survey went on to ask what ratings respondents would give to the Harry & Meghan Netflix series, 25.91% rate it 1 out of 5, 14.82% rate it 2 out of 5, 27.74% rate it 3 out of 5, 15.13% rate the show 4 out of 5. Finally, only 5.22% rate the series 5 out of 5.


Survey TitlePublic Perception of the New Harry-Meghan Netflix Series
DurationDecember 20- December 26, 2022
Number of Participants20,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.