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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release trailer for another new documentary

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released another trailer for their upcoming Netflix documentary, but this time the couple and their broken ties to the monarch won’t be the focus.

Live to Lead will be a seven-part Netflix series released internationally on December 31 and according to the Duke of Sussex it is “inspired by Nelson Mandela”.

Live to Lead comes out December 31.

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According to the trailer, the series intends to “share messages of courage, compassion, humility, hope and generosity” through the number of “extraordinary leaders” invited to speak on the show.

“Inspired by the iconic legacy of Nelson Mandela, Live to Lead highlights the fundamental values, daily disciplines and guiding principles that leaders employ to motivate others and create meaningful change,” it said.

Such leaders involved in the project will include New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the former US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bade Ginsberg, environment activist Greta Thunberg, social justice activist Gloria Steinem, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Albie Sachs and many more.

However, Jacinda issued a statement following the trailer revealing she was unaware of the royal couples involvement in the documentary.

The New Zealand PM was unaware of the Sussexes involvement.

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The New Zealand PM revealed her interview for the docuseries was conducted on November 8, 2019 and a Netflix deal was confirmed in March 2021, a year after Jacinda’s short novel was published featuring other contributors.

“In May this year the prime minister’s office was notified that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would introduce the series; noting this was nearly two and a half years after the interview had been recorded and permission for its use by the Mandela Foundation had already been provided,” Jacinda said.

“All communication throughout has been with the foundation (there has been no communications with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex regarding the project).”

The series is inspired by Nelson Mandela.

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The project is by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, create and directed by Geoff Blackwell and executively producer by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

In a statement regarding Live to Lead, the Nelson Mandela Foundation wrote: “Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a proliferation of destructive leaders, who, for instance, control power by closing borders, disseminating misinformation, and stoking fear of people considered to be ‘other’.

“We feel that there is a crisis of leadership at many societal levels globally.”

This genre of project seems to be in theme with the couple lately, not just for their newly released Netflix documentary, but also after they accepted an award recognising their “moral courage” and “willingness to speak up” against social injustice.

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The pair were honoured by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation and were named Ripple of Hope Award laureates for 2022 for their work in racial justice and mental health.

“We understand this honour, not about the culmination of a life’s work, but instead and in many ways for us, a beginning,” he said. “Those ripples build a current can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Meghan Markle responded: “We all need to, when we can, if we feel brave enough, to just speak honestly about our own experience.”

“It gives other people space and the courage to do the same, but more than that to really feel like you’re not alone.”

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