Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that her family refused to help with the rain of media and social media abuse directed at his wife Meghan Markle.
“I thought my family would help, but every request, request, warning, whatever it is, they just get total silence or total negligence,” the Duke of Sussex said in an interview for the docuseries of Apple TV The self you can’t see, which was released on Friday on the streaming platform.
“That was one of the most important reasons to leave,” he said, referring to his own decision to take a step back from real life. “Feeling trapped and controlled by fear, both by the media and the [royal] own system, which never encouraged to talk about such traumas. But I will never be harassed by silence now. “
He said he felt compelled to keep his family away from royal life after the Duchess of Sussex told him this. she committed suicide while she was six months pregnant with his son Archie.
“Then I had a child that I prefer to focus on only, instead of every time I look them in the eye I wonder if my wife will end up like my mother and I will have to take care of her,” he said. .
The interview began airing a day after Harry and his brother Prince William the culture of the media and the BBC specifically, to contribute to the death of her mother by persecuting her and depriving her of her paranoia.
Harry told Oprah that he could see that seeing Meghan being treated by the media made him feel like a child again watching the paparazzi chase his mother “every day until the day she died.”
He also said the advent of social media platforms added “a whole new depth” to the constant abuse of media, as well as the fact that Meghan is biracial.
“My mother was persecuted until her death while she was in a relationship with someone who was not white [Dodi Al-Fayed]. And now look what happened. Want to talk about repeating history? They will not stop until she dies, ”he said. “It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life. Equally, the list grows. And it all comes back to the same people, the same business model, the same industry. “
Harry has done it spoken loudly in the past against the British media – in particular, the outlets, including the tabloids, which make up the official press system of the royal family, known as the “Royal Rota” – about what he said was partial coverage , unfair and racist, particularly of Meghan. He and his wife have also taken legal action against tabloids for violations of privacy. (From Harry plet against the owners of the UK tabloids, The Sun, the Mirror and the now defunct News of the World for alleged continued phone piracy; Meghan indeed he won she plet against the editor of Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail for printing a letter he sent to his distant father.)
Immediately after retiring from real life, Harry and Meghan’s press team cut effectively the four tabloids of the Royal Route – the Sun, the Mirror, the Mail and the Express – essentially establish a policy of “no corroboration and zero commitment”. In their statement announcing the decision, released on April 19, 2020, Harry and Meghan said they would not “offer themselves as currency for a clickbait and distortion economy.”
The prince told Winfrey that starting therapy after meeting Meghan made him realize that he had “lived in a bubble within this family, within this institution, and that he was almost caught up in a process of thought or mentality. “.
“That feeling of being trapped within the family is that there was no choice but to leave. Finally, when I made that decision for my family, they still told me, ‘You can’t do this’ and it’s like.’ Well, how bad is it until I’m allowed to do that? He was going to end his life. There should be no getting there, ”he said.
Harry also specifically called on his father, Prince Charles, to believe him and his brother that the constant abuse of the media and the toll that a person’s mental health entails were only part of being a member of the royal family.
“My dad used to tell me when I was younger, he would say to William and me, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’ll be like that for you,'” Harry said. Does not make sense! Suffering does not mean that your children have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite. If you have suffered, do your best to make sure that any … negative experiences you have had can be appropriate for your children. “
“We chose to put our mental health first. That’s what we’re doing and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” Harry said. “Isn’t it about breaking the cycle? Isn’t it about making sure that history doesn’t repeat itself? That you’ve had the pain and suffering that didn’t happen to you?”
The Prince and Winfrey co-produced The self you can’t see and I have been working on it since 2019.