The first three episodes were released in the UK on Thursday morning. The last three will be broadcast next Thursday.
On that day, King Charles III, along with religious leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, visited London churches, where he wished the faithful a “Happy Christmas”.
A source close to the palace said there was a sense of “sadness” surrounding the documentary, in which Prince Harry and his wife Meghan criticize members of their family, including the “formality” of his brother William and wife Catherine, now the prince and Princess of Wales.
The feeling behind the palace walls, one source said, was “that it’s kind of sad that it’s come to this.”
“Today is a day when you are reminded that they are people,” they said of the royal family. “It’s sad to see it play out this way.”
In the series, the couple open their family photo and video albums to share intimate stories and images of their romance, young children and departure from royal life.
Meghan says she has not received any training to join the royal family, she spoke of her shock at having to bow to the late queen.
A palace source said last night: “The truth is this is a real royal family – they play no part.
“How did they not know?”
The first three episodes include sections claiming that the Brexit debate has fueled racial tensions and how Britain’s attitude towards Meghan has been affected by racism.
Harry, who was appointed President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by his late grandmother, spoke of his own awakening to racism and admitted that despite his travels he had been “blissfully sleepwalking through life” until he met his current woman met.
He spoke of the royal family’s “huge amount of unconscious bias”, which he described as “no one’s fault” but essential to “making amends”.
“In this family, sometimes you’re part of the problem instead of part of the solution,” he said.
The Telegraph, London