Prince Harry insists Oprah interview was done 'compassionately' to leave room for reconciliation with his family
PRINCE Harry has insisted that the Oprah interview was done "compassionately" to leave room for reconciliation with his family.
The Duke said that he was speaking the "truth" in a way that he hopes will allow for healing after the explosive CBS interview in March.
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His documentary The Me You Can't See comes just ten-and-a-half weeks after Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview aired – but features a new slew of complaints at the royals.
In the new footage, the Duke touched on his "authentic" interview with Oprah in March – and he believes there is still an opening for healing with his family despite the bombshells.
Prince Harry said: "I like to think that we were able to speak truth in the most compassionate way possible therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing.
"The interview was about being real, being authentic, and hopefully sharing an experience that we know is relatable to people around the world, despite our unique privileged position."
But this comes after William allegedly "can't tolerate" how Meghan treated Kate Middleton as the royal rift deepens.
Prince Harry claims he felt compelled to step away from the Royal Family as he was "controlled through fear" and told not to talk about his "trauma".
Experts have said the Duke of Sussex's revelations would have left his family "tearing out their hair".
And despite Harry's intentions, expert Phil Dampier said chances of a reconciliation for the family are fading.
Prince Harry speaks about:
- Prince Charles not 'making it right' for him and brother Prince William after their mother's car crash death in 1997
- Turning to drinking and drugs in his late 20s, admitting: 'I would drink a week's worth in one day'
- The public being allowed to mourn his mother Princess Diana, while he was not
- How he's convinced the media 'will not stop' until wife Meghan Markle 'dies'
- How Meghan resisted suicidal thoughts because she knew it would be 'unfair' for Harry to lose another woman in his life
- How some of Archie's first words were "grandma Diana"
The Me You Can't See episode also saw Harry claim he had been neglected by his family.
Harry opened up about his struggles with his mental wellbeing and claimed his father Prince Charles left him to "suffer" amid "total neglect" for his mental health.
He also spoke about Meghan's struggles with mental health – and said the palace was at fault for making her "cry into her pillow" at night after the royal couple recorded their interview with Oprah earlier this year.
"Before the Oprah interview had aired, and because of their headlines and the combined effort of The Firm and the media to smear her, I was woken in the night to hear Meghan crying into her pillow because she doesn't want to wake me up because I'm already carrying too much," he said.
Meghan, 39, revealed during the high-profile interview with Oprah, which aired in March, that her mental health suffered while she was living in the UK.
She also said she was not given the help she needed when she reportedly felt suicidal.
And in Harry's latest documentary, he said Meghan didn't give into her suicidal thoughts because of how "unfair" it would have been to him after the death of his mother.
"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," he said.
"The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t ‘lost it.’ She was completely sane.
"Yet in the quiet of night, these thoughts woke her up."
And he accused his family of "total neglect" when he reached out to try and get help for Meghan, who was then pregnant with their son Archie.
"I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever, it is just got met with total silence, total neglect," he said.
He singled out Charles, saying his father did little to help him through his struggles.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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