He admitted that he had realized in his twenties that he did not want “work” or be part of this “operation”, after seeing what it was doing to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. .
Prince Harry, 36, said it was when he started therapy, following a conversation with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, that ‘the bubble burst’ and helped him ‘ pluck his head out of the sand, ”realizing he had to use his privileged position to help others.
In an extensive 90-minute interview with American actor Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast, the Duke described how he was told he needed help as a child, his lack of self-awareness when he was ” was unleashed “in his younger years and how the feeling of helplessness was his” Achilles heel “.
He said he had “always felt different” and suggested he felt much more connected with the people he had met in Africa and on other continents than those within the palace boundaries.
The Duke, who was promoting his new AppleTV mental health series The Me You Cannot See, appeared to criticize the way he was raised by his father, revealing that he deliberately adopted a different parenting method for ” break the cycle of pain. and suffering.
The Duke acknowledged that he was born into a life of great privilege, which had given him “the most incredible front row seat” as he traveled the world, seeing people in pain and developing pain. empathy.
He said: “My education was not in school, my education was to meet people across the Commonwealth.
“The reality is that you meet these kids and go to these communities all over the world and that puts it in context and that’s why I feel more comfortable being able to discuss my own struggles now,” because I do it to help other people. “
He said he didn’t see this as a “complaint” but sharing his own vulnerabilities and experiences, because in doing so he knew it would have a positive impact on someone else’s life.
The Duke said he felt “much more connected” to those “emotionally free and systemically free people” he had worked with in Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
“Privilege gives you blinders,” he says.
“Mine have never been particularly in a straight line. I always felt different.
He thanked his late mother for the feeling, saying that the impact she had had on him during the short time they had spent together was “huge” because all she wanted to do was s’ ensure that they had as normal a life as possible.
The Duke suggested that the fairytale dream of princes and princesses was out of step with reality.
“My wife had the most amazing explanation for this: ‘You don’t have to be a princess, you can create the life that will be better than any princess. “
“And that comes from his own lived experience. We got together and she was like ‘wow that’s a lot different than what my friends at the beginning said it would be’.