Harry and Meghan's New Year's Eve gift for fans to champion 'brave' Jacinda Ardern and Greta Thunberg

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will release their second Netflix docuseries, Live to Lead, on December 31

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will release a second Netflix series on New Year's Eve, just a few weeks after their bombshell docuseries on the US streaming platform dropped. 

Brace yourselves, Harry and Meghan fans - the royal couple isn't done with 2022 just yet. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will drop their second Netflix series on December 31, following the record-breaking success of their bombshell documentary, Harry & Meghan. The news comes after it was revealed that Harry and Meghan have rejected King Charles III's invitation to join the Royal Family at Sandringham this Christmas.  

Directed by Geoff Blackwell and entitled Live to Lead, the couple's latest series will explore the stories of some of the world's most influential leaders - including US feminist Gloria Steinem, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. It was inspired by the legacy of Nelson Mandela and made in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have appeared in a trailer for the upcoming series, delivering the following quote from the late South African president. 

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived," the duke begins, before Meghan continues, "It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." Mandela famously delivered these powerful lines in 2002 on the 90th birthday of South African anti-apartheid activist, Walter Sisulu. 

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Viewers of the series can also expect interviews with the late US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Albie Sachs, who was appointed to the first constitutional court of South Africa by Mandela. 

South Africa's national rugby union captain, Siya Kolisi, and social justice lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, will also feature. 

On Wednesday, Ardern revealed that she had had no "direct contact with the Sussexes" about the project. She also said that she is not "involved in the decision-making around what happens next" but "stood by" the use of her interview in the docuseries. had no contact with the Sussexes about the project, and the footage they were using had come from a November 2019 interview with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“They were producing resources for future leaders with the focus on young leaders,” she said. “I’ve not been involved in the decision-making around what happens next and I have not had direct contact with the Sussexes”. She added that she “stood by” the interview and the foundation’s right to use the footage how they saw fit.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.