The Duke of Sussex has spoken in brutal detail over the last few months about why he chose to quit the Firm to seek a new life of independence in the US with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie. In his new Apple TV documentary series The Me You Can’t See, Harry blasted his family over “total neglect” while explaining to Oprah Winfrey why he wanted to leave to protect his mental health. Earlier this month, he also tore his father Prince Charles apart during an interview for US actor Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, as he said he wanted to “break the cycle” of the “pain and suffering” he faced while being brought up with his own children.
Diana’s famous Panorama interview has hit the headlines over the last week after the Lord Dyson report found Mr Bashir had faked bank statements to suggest Diana was under surveillance, which helped him land the chat.
However, the interview has been infamous since it aired in 1995 following the shocking insight Diana gave about her failed marriage with Charles.
She famously shared her feelings about her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom he is now married to.
She said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
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Diana said: “Well, it gave everybody a wonderful new label – Diana’s unstable and Diana’s mentally unbalanced. And unfortunately, that seems to have stuck on and off over the years.”
Other topics included dealing with the “daunting” media attention and being followed by photographers, as well the books written about her family.
Over the past few months, Harry has similarly spoken publicly about his own struggles with media attention and his mental health.
He also told Oprah his family did not speak about Diana’s death in 1997 and expected him to just deal with the resulting press attention and mental distress.
He said: “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’.
“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 added his family told him to “play the game” and life would improve.
But he said he refused, as he added: “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.”
Harry and Oprah will now feature in a follow up show, The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward, which will be a virtual Town Hall airing on Friday.
It is set to reunite the health experts and the celebrities, athletes and others who spoke about their struggles with depression, schizophrenia and anxiety in the series.