The Biggest Revelations From Prince Harry’s Documentary The Me You Can’t See
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Prince Harry and Oprah were reuniting for the Apple+ documentary, The Me You Can’t See. And because we all remember what happened last time these two got together (we were left royally shook) discussions were had as to whether this series would be just as explosive.
The documentary was said to focus around mental health, and Prince Harry alluded to his own personal struggles prior to the premiere, saying in a statement, “The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels – and is – very personal.”
Below, POPSUGAR Australia highlights some of the most shocking — and some of the most saddening — revelations that came from the documentary.
Meghan Markle Didn’t Act on Suicidal Ideation Because of Harry
One of the most saddening pieces of information to come out of the Oprah interview was that the Duchess of Sussex was suffering from suicidal ideation — and that she was denied help. In the docuseries, the Prince opens up more about this, and how Markle didn’t act on these impulses because it was unfair to her husband.
As Harry says, “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.”
The Firm Tried to Block the Couple’s Exit From the Royal Family
In early 2020, the couple shocked the world when they announced via Instagram that they were stepping back from their duties in the Royal Family. Not leaving earlier is one of Harry’s biggest regrets, and that his family tried to stop it from happening at all.
“Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this. And it’s like, ‘Well, how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?’ She [Markle] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.”
Prince Charles Didn’t Help Harry With His Struggles
His youngest son is now saying that his father passed on some of the struggles of royal life, saying “‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you.’”
In the series, Harry spoke out about this parenting approach. “Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact, quite the opposite,” he said. “If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
Harry Dabbled in Alcohol and Substance Abuse During Adulthood
One of the most famous images from Princess Diana’s funeral is that of a 12-year-old Prince Harry trailing his mother’s hearse, head bowed sombrely.
The Duke says he was never given the space or time to mourn his mother’s death, and that as he grew up, he turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the lingering pain he felt.
“I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling,” he said. “I would probably drink a week’s worth in one day on a Friday or a Saturday night. And I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something.”
Prince Harry wasn’t the only celebrity to open up about his past during the documentary, with Lady Gaga talking about a ‘psychotic break’ she suffered after being raped at age 19.
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