Speaking to the American actor Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast, Prince Harry was promoting his new Apple TV+ series about mental health, The Me You Can’t See, with Oprah Winfrey, which launches next week. The interview has prompted another slew of calls for the Duke and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to have their royal titles removed due to a number of characteristically controversial comments made by the Duke. We’ve rounded up the five shocking claims Harry made against the Royal Family.
He criticised Prince Charles parenting
The prince said about his father: “There is no blame. I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
“Suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?’
“And well here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first.”
The Royal Family has genetic pain
In comments that are widely thought to be about his mother, Princess Diana, the prince said he wanted change for his son Archie and the couple’s unborn daughter, due this summer.
He said: “It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say: ‘You know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.’”
He also described the freedom he felt living away from the royal bubble in Los Angeles.
He said: “I can actually lift my head and I feel different, my shoulders have dropped, so have hers, you can walk around feeling a little bit more free, I can take Archie on the back of my bicycle, I would never have had the chance to do that.”
He began therapy because of Meghan
Prince Harry also talked about how he started therapy after a conversation with his wife, who “saw it straight away”.
He said: “She could tell that I was hurting and that some of the stuff that was out of my control would make me really angry, it would make my blood boil.”
He said therapy had helped him “pluck his head out of the sand” and made him realise he needed to use his privileged position to help others.