Harry turned to alcohol and substance abuse
The image is a lasting one: a 12-year-old Prince Harry trailing his mother’s hearse. As Harry revealed, he was never given the space or time to mourn his mother’s death, and as he grew up he turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the lingering pain he felt.
“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. “I would probably dirnk a week’s worth in one day on a Friday or Saturday night. And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something.”
Meghan Markle confided in Harry about suicidal thoughts
When Oprah sat down with Meghan Markle for her tell-all interview, Markle expressed that she was suffering from suicidal ideation and that she was denied help from the Royal Family. In the docuseries, the Prince opens up about this and how Markle didn’t act on her impulses because it was unfair to her husband.
Harry reveals: “The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now be put in a position of losing another woman in my life, with a baby inside of her, our baby.”
The Firm tried to block their exit from the Royal Family
It sent shockwaves around the world when Harry announced he and Markle would be stepping down from their Royal duties, but as it was revealed in the documentary series, Harry actually wanted to leave earlier but his family tried to stop it from happening.
“Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this. 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.”
Prince Charles didn’t help Harry with his personal struggles
A lot has been said by Charles about his upbringing, which was portrayed as rather lonely. He even called his recently deceased father, Prince Phillip, as belittling and bullying, while he said the Queen was “detached.” Now, Harry has said his father passed on some of the struggles of Royal life, saying, “Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you.”
Harry spoke about his approach to parenting, saying: “Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact, quite the opposite.” He added, “If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
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