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Harry & Meghan Earns Netflix's Biggest Documentary Debut of All Time

The docuseries premiered December 8.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo: Netflix)
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo: Netflix)

    Harry & Meghan is doing some serious numbers for Netflix.

    Since debuting December 8, the first three episodes of Harry & Meghan have racked up some 81.55 million hours viewed. This marks the most hours viewed across any Netflix documentary title in a premiere week. Netflix reports approximately 28 million member accounts worldwide watched the docuseries in its first four days on the platform. 

    Additionally, the docuseries kicked things off in the No. 2 spot on Netflix’s English-language TV rankings, and is also charting in the Top 10 in more than 80 countries. Harry & Meghan has been slammed by British outlets, but the numbers in the United Kingdom are also strong; the first episode drew 2.4 million viewers in the U.K., the largest single-day ratings for a series since Netflix joined U.K. service Barb in October. 

    Helmed by Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?Bobby Fischer Against the World), the six-episode series chronicles Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship from its early days through their life-altering decision to step away from the royal family. Per the official synopsis, Harry & Meghan "does more than illuminate one couple’s love story, it paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other." 

    Harry & Meghan Volume 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. Volume 2 debuts on December 15. 

    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Harry & Meghan, Netflix, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry