‘It was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’: Harry claims Charles told him he would ‘suffer with the same problems as him’ in mental health doc with Oprah
- Prince Charles would allegedly tell his son to ‘play the game’ and his life would improve, Harry recounts in Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See
- In the new mental health series, Harry discusses traumatic memories from his childhood, including the death of his mother Diana
- ‘My father used to say… to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’,’ he recounted
- Harry told Oprah Winfrey, with whom he co-produced the new series, that he would ‘never be bullied into silence’ in the future
- Both Harry and Meghan Markle have already detailed mental health struggles
- The Duke of Sussex also accused the royal family of ‘total neglect’ and insisted he will not be bullied
Prince Harry again blasted his father’s parenting, claiming in a new mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey that his father told him he would suffer the same problems he did.
Prince Charles would allegedly tell his son to ‘play the game’ and his life would improve, Harry recounts in Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See while discussing traumatic memories from his childhood – including the death of his mother Diana.
‘My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’,’ Prince Harry says in the new documentary.
‘That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite.’
‘If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids,’ he says.
Prince Harry claims in a new mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey that his father told him he would suffer the same problems he did
In the series, Harry says that as a boy he felt powerless to protect his mother, who was constantly hounded by the press
Prince Charles and Prince Harry attend the “Our Planet” global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 4, 2019 in London, England
Prince Harry, 36, suggests to Winfrey that he didn’t want to ‘play the game.’
‘I’ve got a hell of a lot of my mum in me. The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth,’ he says.
Both Harry and Meghan Markle have already detailed mental health struggles, with Meghan saying she had suicidal thoughts in 2019 during the royal couple’s previous bombshell interview with Winfrey in March.
He says he did not go to his family when Meghan felt suicidal because he was ashamed the situation had got ‘that bad.’
Harry has now co-produced the new documentary series with Winfrey in which he also said he felt ashamed going to his family for help because he knew ‘that I’m not going to get from my family what I need.’
‘That was one of the biggest reasons to leave, feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear, both by the media and by the system itself which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma,’ he said.
Prince Harry and Prince Charles follow the coffin during the ceremonial funeral procession of Britain’s Prince Philip
Prince Charles and Princess Diana are pictured in Kensington Palace, London, with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry (left), December 1986
‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence.’
The Duke of Sussex also accused the royal family of ‘total neglect’ and insisted he will not be bullied on The Me You Can’t See.
‘Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect,’ he told Winfrey, referring to his attempts to get assistance from his family with the attacks levelled at the Sussexes online.
‘We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job.’
Harry also told Winfrey his family did not speak about Diana’s death and expected him to just deal with the resulting press attention and mental distress.
His new comments echo those he made while speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast with host Dax Shepard last week when he said he wanted to ‘break the cycle’ of ‘genetic pain and suffering’ for the sake of his own children.
In the new mental health series, Harry discusses traumatic memories from his childhood, including the death of his mother Diana
‘He’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?’ Prince Harry said on that podcast.
Other notable names featured in The Me You Can’t See include pop superstar Lady Gaga and actress Glenn Close with Gaga discussing her serious mental health struggles after she was raped as a teenager.
The documentary series will focus on mental illness and mental wellness and aims to inspire viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges people face and how to equip themselves with the tools to thrive.
The series comes out a day after the release of an independent inquiry in Britain that found that a BBC journalist used falsified documents to land a sensational 1995 sit-down with Princess Diana, the mother of Harry and his elder brother William, in which she detailed her troubled marriage to Prince Charles.
Hours before it aired, Harry joined his brother William in criticizing the BBC following the inquiry.
Harry has spoken to his father multiple times since the initial Oprah interview came out, notably after the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, but their relations remain tense.
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