Prince Harry ‘to drop truth bombs’ says expert
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Harry’s new docuseries with Oprah Winfrey, called ‘The Me You Can’t See’, aired on Apple TV+ this week and delivered several fresh blows to the Palace, just weeks after he claimed he felt “trapped” within the system. He alleged his father Prince Charles used to tell Harry — and his older brother Prince William — to just learn to come to terms with their lives in the spotlight. He recalled Charles saying: “It was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you.”
Harry’s claim Palace ‘did not encourage therapy’ debunked as Charles attended counselling (Image: Getty)
Diana and Charles both looked for professional help during their marriage (Image: Getty)
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As a father now himself, Harry explained how that thought process bewildered him in his new series.
The Duke told Oprah: “If you suffered, do everything to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
He accused the Royal Family of “total silence and neglect” when he and Meghan Markle were struggling to adjust to their lives on the royal frontline.
He then claimed “no one was talking about” the grief that accompanied Princess Diana’s death, and alleged: “I wasn’t in an environment where it was encouraged to talk about it either. That was sort of squashed.”
However, both of Harry’s parents actually attended therapy.
While Diana is said to have seen psychiatrist Dr Alan McGlashan eight times in the early years of her marriage — at her husband’s insistence — Charles continued to seek help from the early Eighties up until the mid-Nineties.
Sally Bedell Smith claimed in her biography, ‘Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of An Improbable Life’, that the Prince of Wales had actually sought out therapy for 14 years in total.
A source also told the author: “At the very least this revelation shows Charles tried hard to make things work in his marriage.
“It’s more than he was given credit for at the time or since.”
The Prince of Wales was reportedly so grateful for the psychotherapist’s assistance that he has a bust of Dr McGlashan at his Highgrove home.
Diana reportedly went on to be treated for her bulimia by Dr Susie Orbach, another psychotherapist, although the specialist has never spoken out about their sessions together.
However, in light of Harry’s most recent comments, this revelation about Charles also questions his claim that the Royal Family “did not encourage therapy”.
Harry’s claims are also at odds with the initiatives launched by the royals themselves, including the ‘Heads Together’ campaign established in 2017.
William, his wife Kate and Harry all worked together and championed the need to seek professional help when struggling for this initiative.
William said he and his brother were “uniquely bonded” over their mother’s death, while Harry admitted that his sibling had encouraged him to seek professional help.
In a 2017 documentary marking the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, William also confessed that he was “dealing with a lot of trauma on a day in, day out basis, stuff that your body is not programmed to deal with” during his work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, although he did not mention how he had tried to address this struggle.
Harry has made a series of allegations against his father since leaving the Royal Family last year (Image: Getty)
Kate admitted that motherhood was a “huge challenge”, too, and said she found it “very lonely after your baby is born”.
The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret reportedly saw a psychiatrist as her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones began to unravel, too, before Harry was even born.
The Duke of Sussex also delves into how therapy had really helped him with his own internal struggles over the last four years during the new series.
He said he started going to “heal myself from the past”, alluding to the grief that came with losing his mother at the young age of 12.
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Harry, Kate and William championed a mental health initiative together in 2017 (Image: Getty)
Meghan and Harry reportedly asked the Palace for help when they were workign royals (Image: Getty)
Explaining the Sussexes’ decision to leave royal life behind last year, he said: “We chose to put our mental health first.
“That’s what we’re doing and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”
Harry’s latest revelations echo the sentiment of helplessness he and Meghan first conveyed during their bombshell Oprah interview back in March.
Meghan and Harry have lifted the lid on their mental health struggles in recent weeks (Image: Getty)
The Duchess of Sussex said: “I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help.
“I said I have never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Meghan added that while the royal HR department was sympathetic, she only found assistance by reaching out to “one of Diana’s best friends”.
Writing in The Times, journalist Damian Whitworth speculated: “This may have been Diana’s great confidante, Julia Samuel, a psychotherapist who has remained close to William and Harry.”