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Prince Harry Suffered from Mental Health Issues, but the Royals Allegedly Told Him to Play the Game

Junie Sihlangu
May 21, 2021
07:50 A.M.
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Ever since his March 2021 CBS tell-all interview, Prince Harry has been opening up further about life in the Royal Family. He recently shared more about his background in a new docuseries.


Prince Harry has co-created “The Me You Can't See” docuseries with media mogul Oprah Winfrey. In it, he opened up about how he’s gotten therapy to deal with his own mental health issues.

He also shared the details of how he’d grown up in the British Royal Family. Harry advocated for people who’d been hurt by their upbringing to process the pain, or it’ll end up coming out in uncontrollable ways.

Duchess Camilla, the Queen, Duchess Meghan, Duchess, Prince Harry, Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Princess Anne, at the RAF 100th anniversary on July 10, 2018, in London, England | Photo: Paul Grover - WPA Pool/Getty Images


The royal also confessed that his personal mental health issues became worse after his mother, Princess Diana, passed away in August 1997. At the time, Harry was only 12 years old.

He revealed that he had to go for therapy for four years, and he wasn’t in an environment where he was encouraged to talk about his experiences. Part of his healing was to get through his mother’s death.


The royal also shared how he was instructed to grin and bear it when dealing with his mental health problems. Harry elaborated further about his experience with his family, stating:

"Family members have said just play the game and your life will be easier. But I have a hell of a lot of my mum in me.”


He described his relationship with his family as being on the outside but still stuck in it. Explaining why he was opening up so much about his life, the royal said the only way he could free himself was to tell the truth.

Prince Harry said his son's first words were "grandma" as an adorable nod to Princess Diana.

Things were so bad that in his late 20s, he endured "panic attacks [and] severe anxiety" while performing royal duties. He was in a flight or fight mode during that period that he described as a nightmare.


His mother’s death occurred while paparazzi were hounding her in Paris. Harry likened his situation with that of his late mother’s because he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, were also harassed by the media.

In March 2021, he told Winfrey (in his tell-all CBS interview) that he was scared of history repeating itself concerning the scrutiny he faced. He ended up stepping down from royal duties in January 2020.


Meghan also shared about her own mental health struggles during the Winfrey interview. She also accused some Royal Family members of being racist to her when she was pregnant with Archie, 2.

One good thing that has come out of the Sussex household is how little Archie has honored his late grandmother. Harry said his son's first words were "grandma" as an adorable nod to Princess Diana.