Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that his family had refused to help his wife, Megan Merkel, in the abuse of media and social media.
“I thought my family would help, but every question, request, warning, whatever it was, was met with complete silence or complete neglect,” the Duke of Sussex said in an interview with Apple TV documentaries. The Me You Can’t See, Which was released on the streaming platform on Friday.
Referring to the couple’s decision to move out of royal life, he said, “It was one of the biggest reasons for leaving.” “Feelings of being trapped and controlled by fear, by the media and both [royal] The system itself, which did not encourage such trauma. But of course now, I will never be a victim of silence. “
She said the Duchess of Sussex told her she was forced to move her family away from royal life, saying she committed suicide when their son Archie was 6 months pregnant and she knew he was “not going to leave”. [his] The family “needed that kind of help from her and Meghan.
“I had a son back then who was more concerned with my wife than I was with her, the more I looked into her eyes and wondered if my wife was going to end up like my mother and I had to take care of her,” she said.
The interview began to air after Harry and his brother, Prince William, specifically blasted media culture and the BBC, for contributing to his mother’s death, and William called her “fear, paranoia and isolation.”
Harry told Oprah that seeing how Megan was treated in the media brought him back to the situation when he saw his mother being followed by the paparazzi as a child “until the day of her death.”
He added that the emergence of social media platforms has constantly added “completely new depths” to media abuse, such as Meghan discrimination.
“My mother was on the verge of her death when she was in a relationship with someone who was not white [Dodi Al-Fayed]. And now see what happened. Do you want to talk about the repetition of history? They will not stop until he dies, ”he said. “It’s incredibly triggered to lose another woman in my life. As such, the list is growing. And it all comes back to the same people, the same business model, the same industry. “
Harry has spoken out strongly against the British media in the past – especially the outlets, including tabloids, which make up the royal family’s official press system, known as the “Royal Rota” – what he said was biased, unjust and racist coverage, especially of Meghan. Both he and his wife have taken legal action against Tabloid for violating privacy. (Harry is suing the owners of the UK tabloid The Sun, The Mirror, and the now inactive News of the World for phone hacking; he is printing a letter sent to his estranged father.)
Shortly after moving away from royal life, Harry and Meghan’s press team effectively cut four tabloids of Royal Rota – The Sun, The Mirror, The Mail and Express – essentially establishing a “no-confirmation and zero-engagement policy.” 1 statement In their statement announcing the decision, published in April, 2020, Harry and Meghan stated that they would “not offer themselves as currency for the economy of clickbite and distortion.”
Prince told Winfrey that starting therapy after meeting Meghan made him aware that he was “living in a bubble in this family, in this institution, and that I was almost stuck in a thought process or mentality.”
“The feeling of being stuck in the family is – there was no choice but to leave. Finally, when I made this decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this,’ and it’s like, ‘Well, until I How bad would it be to be allowed to do that? ‘He was going to end his life. He shouldn’t have gone,’ he said.
Harry specifically summoned his father, Prince Charles, to convince him and his brother that the constant abuse of the media and its effect on one’s mental health was only part of being a member of the royal family.
“When I was little, my dad would tell me, he would tell William and I, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it would be like that for you,'” Harry said. No sense in telling you now! Just because you have suffered, does not mean that your children have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite. If you’re in trouble, do what you can to make sure you have … a negative experience, so you can make it right for your kids. “
“We chose our mental health first. That’s what we’re doing and that’s what we’re going to do,” Harry said. Doesn’t it repeat itself? The pain and suffering that happened to you that you do not pass? “
Prince and Winfrey co-produced The Me You Can’t See And has been working on it since 2019.