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Prince Harry used to drink a week’s worth of alcohol in just one day in a bid to try to help with the trauma of his mother’s death, he has revealed.
The Duke of Sussex opened up on his life as a royal in eye-opening documentary The Me You Can’t See, in which he describes life in ‘the firm’ as a “nightmare” and accused his family of “total neglect.”
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey for the Apple TV series, the father of one also revealed he was willing to take drugs to “feel less like I was feeling” more than a decade after his mother’s untimely death.
“I was just all over the place mentally,” he said.
"Every time I put a suit and tie on… having to do the role, and go, 'right, game face,' look in the mirror and say, 'let's go'. Before I even left the house I was pouring with sweat. I was in fight or flight mode."
He added: "I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling."
He said he would drink a week's worth of alcohol on a Friday or Saturday night, "not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something".
Harry went on to reveal that he was actively discouraged from discussing his mental health as a child following the sudden death of his mother, which continued into adult life when he was “met with total silence and neglect” after wife Meghan Markle claimed she was feeling suicidal.
He said: “I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever is it, just got met with total silence, total neglect.
“We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything the we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.”
How to watch The Me You Can't See on Apple TV+?
You can watch the new documentary series, produced by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey, by signing up to Apple TV+ streaming service here. The new show, which will air on May 21, explores mental health and emotional well-being and includes featured interviews from Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, NBA star DeMar DeRozan and others about their experiences.
You can subscribe to Apple TV+ instantly for £4.99 a month or try the free 7-day trial, but remember to cancel before the trial ends to avoid getting charged the full subscription fee. Apple is also giving away Apple TV+ subscriptions for free for one year when you purchase a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or Mac. Find out more about the offer by visiting tv.apple.com.
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He added that the way Meghan was feeling reminded him of his own mother’s final days. “History was repeating itself," he said.
“'My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white. And now look what’s happened.
"It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life. Like, the list is growing. And it all comes back to the same people, the same business model, the same industry," he said.
"Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this,' Harry added. "And it’s like, ‘Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?’ She [Markle] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that."
And when asked if he has any regrets, he revealed it was not taking a stand earlier in his relationship with Meghan.
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