PRINCE Harry has revealed returning to London was a “trigger” for him after Princess Diana’s death as he tackled his personal traumas in an on-screen therapy session.
In the doc – The Me You Can’t See – the Duke of Sussex said he has a “hollow empty feeling of nervousness” whenever he arrives in the capital and admitted he feels “hunted and helpless” while he’s there.
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Prince Harry opened up about his personal traumas in a powerful on-screen therapy sessionCredit: Apple TV+
When questioned by his therapist about how it makes him feel, Harry said: “[Like there] is no escape. There is no way out of this.”
But after being pushed by his therapist into exploring how he feels looking back on that moment, the soon-to-be- father-of-two added: “I’m not helpless.
“It’s only for a brief moment in time and you’re living your life by truth so there’s nothing to be afraid of or worried about.”
After acknowledging that he was actually feeling sadness rather than helplessness, Harry’s therapist asks him to cross his arms and gently tap his shoulders.
Prince Harry opened up about his mother’s death in a therapy sessionCredit: PA
The Duke said his trauma is ‘geographical’ and finds London to be a ‘personal trigger’Credit: Apple TV+
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Having done this for a few moments, the Duke describes this method of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing like “cleaning his hard drive.”
Reflecting on the months after his mother passed away, Harry opened up about how important his first trip to Africa was.
“I think I was out there for at least two weeks,” he said. “And it was such a cure. I just felt so free, it was a sense of escapism that I’d never felt before.
“And then going back to the UK, knowing what I was going to be confronted with and knowing what I couldn’t get away from was scary.
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 trauma is very much geographical.”
Speaking to camera afterwards, Harry said: “To me, therapy has equipped me to be able to take on anything.
“That’s why I’m here now. That’s why my wife is here now.”
The Duke also said that he’d been in therapy for ‘four or five years’Credit: AP
During the five-part series with Oprah Winfrey, Harry revealed that he’d been in therapy for “four or five years” and accused the Royal Family of showing a “total neglect” for his mental health struggles.
He says: “My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well, it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you.’
“That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer. Actually quite the opposite.
“If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
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