Prince Harry is opening up about his mental health struggles in the new AppleTV+ docuseries The Me You Can’t See. The Duke of Sussex, who teamed up with Oprah to create the show, spoke in detail about how royal life and his mother’s death affected him and his relationship with Meghan Markle.
Afraid of losing Meghan, Harry tried all kinds of professional help. “I saw GPs. I saw doctors. I saw therapists. I saw alternative therapists. I saw all sorts of people, but it was meeting and being with Meghan,” he said. “I knew that if I didn’t do the therapy and fix myself that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.”
Harry, who has been in therapy for four years, revealed that he decided to seek help after an argument with Meghan. “There was a lot of learning right at the beginning of our relationship,” he said. “She [Meghan] was shocked to be coming backstage of the institution of the British royal family.”
Meghan suggested therapy to Harry. “When she said, ‘I think you need to see someone,’ it was in reaction to an argument that we had. And in that argument, not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry. The moment I started therapy, it was probably within my second session, my therapist turned around to me and said, ‘That sounds like you’re reverting to 12-year-old Harry.’”
At first, Harry was resistant towards therapy. He then realized that his mental health struggles were tied to the death of his mother, Princess Diana. “I felt somewhat ashamed and defensive,” Harry revealed. “Like, ‘How dare you? You’re calling me a child.’ And she goes, ‘No, I’m not calling you a child. I’m expressing sympathy and empathy for you for what happened to you when you were a child. You never processed it. You were never allowed to talk about it and all of a sudden now it’s coming up in different ways as projection.’”
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