And, just as more hackles were up than usual when the most salacious season yet of The Crown premiered in November, so too did critics of this whole endeavor voice their distaste that Harry & Meghan was coming out only three months (to the day, incidentally) after the queen’s death.
Though any time after the queen’s death—or before, for that matter—would have been the wrong time for the haters.
But in addition to it being the end of a 70-year era, most of the U.K. having said goodbye to the only monarch they’d ever known in September, the sad occasion had provided a fleeting opportunity for William and Harry to come together, prompting hope that the messiest chapter in the brothers’ complicated history was behind them.
Instead, interviews completed by August 2022 aside, that chapter has been rereleased in a new, extended edition, with footnotes.
Yet it remains a one-sided story. Because no matter how heated the debate gets over who’s right and who’s wrong, Harry and Meghan’s real adversary in this cold war is under official orders to keep calm and carry on.