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Harry and Meghan becomes Netflix’s biggest-ever documentary debut

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Netflix’s series about Prince Harry and Meghan has turn into the streaming giant’s biggest documentary debut yet.

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Netflix’s documentary series about Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has turn into the streaming platform’s biggest documentary debut yet.

“Harry & Meghan” racked up 81.55 million viewing hours globally inside its first 4 days of release, Netflix said Tuesday.

That marks the “highest view hours of any documentary series in a premiere week,” the streaming giant said in a press release outlining its top-performing shows for the week ending December 11.

The primary three episodes of the highly anticipated six-part show were released Dec. 8, with the ultimate three installments to follow Thursday.

A story of two halves

The series, which Netflix billed as an “unprecedented and in-depth” documentary, appeared within the streamer’s Top 10 TV list in 85 countries, and ranked primary within the U.K.

Netflix didn’t immediately reply to CNBC’s request for comparable viewing figures for other documentary debuts.

Nevertheless, Netflix’s global viewing figures showed the documentary ranked because the second-most watched English-language series on the platform throughout the week, behind Tim Burton’s Addams Family drama “Wednesday,” which recorded 269.67 million views.

By comparison, season five of “The Crown,” now in its fifth week of release, recorded 18.9 million views over the week.

“Harry & Meghan” is certainly one of a series of programs the pair is producing under a industrial cope with Netflix.

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The primary three installments of “Harry & Meghan” act as a love letter to the pair’s high-profile relationship, revealing latest details of their first introduction in 2016 via a mutual friend on Snapchat, to their ultimate decision to step down from the royal family in 2020.

Nevertheless, they were notable as much for what they excluded as what they contained, with few difficult questions asked and a scarcity of critical voices throughout.

Viewers could also be hoping for more juicy revelations within the second set of episodes.

Still, the viewing record will likely be seen as a boon for Harry and Meghan, as they struggle to forge a latest profile outside of the royal family.

“Harry & Meghan,” which was directed by Oscar-nominated Liz Garbus, marks certainly one of a series of programs the Sussexes are producing under a industrial cope with Netflix.

Their production house, Archewell Productions, is attributable to release one other Netflix series, “Heart of Invictus,” in 2023.

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